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How to support your immune system naturally

In day-to-day life, our bodies can be challenged by viruses and bacteria, both of which cause infections. Fortunately, we have an inbuilt natural defence mechanism – our immune system.

Easy lifestyle habits to improve immunity

It’s no surprise that simple lifestyle habits such as getting a good night’s sleep, eating a balanced diet full of fruit and vegetables and washing your hands regularly can help support your body’s ability to fight off infections, but did you know that several plants have specific and powerful properties that can help support your body’s natural defences.

Here are our favourite natural remedies to help support your immune system.

Support your immune system naturally with these plants


Bursting with brightly coloured pigments that are high in natural antioxidants, elderberries are a rich natural source of vitamin C.

Sipping on herbal tea is a fantastic way to incorporate these two ingredients into your day-to-day lives. Pukka Herbs Organic Elderberry and Echinacea tea is packed with antioxidants.

Vitamin C

Well-known for supporting our immune function, vitamin C plays an important role in enabling our immune system to communicate and co-ordinate a response.


There are approximately 400 species of fungi. Mushrooms can be easily added into your diet by taking supplements or cooked in a range of meals.


Wonderful and warming, ginger contains high levels of spicy essential oils that stimulate the circulation and provide natural antibacterial protection.


Lemon has long been used in both Western and Eastern traditions as a digestive aid due to its aromatic and bitter properties. Whole lemon is packed with natural vitamin C and bioflavonoids which increase cellular protection.

Manuka Honey

Sweet, soothing and nourishing, manuka honey combines the benefits of honey with the antimicrobial qualities of the manuka tree from which the bees collect the nectar.

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Author: Saf Hareshe

Herbal Education Specialist

Saf is a qualified Nutritional Therapist from the College of Naturopathic Medicine and runs a private clinical practice specialising in digestive health. She delivers herbal education both internally at Pukka and externally to our partners and practitioners and is passionate about making herbs and nutrition exciting and accessible for all.

Years of experience

1 year

Professional registrations



Qualified nutritionist (College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2021)

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