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6 Herbs For Cold and Flu Season


Cold and flu season has arrived, and it's hitting folks hard! We've compiled this must have list of herbs that may help with boosting your immune system so it can better defend the body against viruses, or at least lessoning your symptoms so you're back to feeling healthy as soon as possible.


  1. Elder Berries and Elder Flowers

An ideal herb to take during the onset of a cold or after you have recovered from a virus. The berries and flowers are known to help with upper respiratory infections and hay fever. Elder Berry Syrup is a great way to consume Elder Berries.


2. Garlic


Garlic, also known as the stinky rose, that has been used for thousands of years as an immune system stimulant and an antimicrobial. The raw cloves can ease some of the discomforts of a cold as it has anti-inflammatory properties and can shorten a cold by stimulating your immune system.

Recipe: GARLIC HONEY

This mixture of garlic combined with honey is something that can be taken regularly to keep colds and flus away.

Ingredients: 3 Garlic Cloves Honey

Directions: -Peel and separate the garlic cloves. Chop or grate. -Fill a sterilized, dry jar about half full with garlic cloves and then cover with honey. -Use a sterilized spoon to separate garlic cloves and make sure they are all covered with honey. -Cap and label the jar, store jar for up to 3 months. -To use take 1 teaspoon once a day as a preventative or 4-6 times per day during a cold or flu.

3. Ginger


Ginger's oils are used to stimulate the immune system to fight both bacterial and viral infections. Fresh pressed ginger juice diluted in water, or a tea made with fresh grated ginger is the best way to get all of the goodness from ginger.


4. Thyme


Thyme is another bacteria fighting powerhouse. It's also great for boosting the immune system. Thyme is often times used to help relieve coughs from respiratory infections and even asthma. Another great ally in boosting your immune system as well. Infuse Thyme in hot water, as a delicious, soothing tea.


5. Echinacea


Echinacea is best used at the onset of an infection. It can boost your immune system to help you with colds, flu, sinus infections, sore throats, and lung infections minimizing the time you are sick and reduce your symptoms.


6. Peppermint


Peppermint is a traditional herb used to help treat fevers, colds, and flus. It can be very helpful in relieving coughs. Use fresh or dried Peppermint leaves in a tea for coughs or if you are congested using Peppermint Essential Oil in a diffuser can help clear that congestion (do not ingest essential oils).


Overall, these herbs can be a great ally in your body's defense against cold and flus at this time of year or can be added to your routine all year round to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

 

DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Check with your healthcare provider first if you have concerns about your health. In addition, you should speak with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before making adjustments to your diet or lifestyle and prior to introducing herbal and nutritional supplements as they may affect any treatment you may be receiving. You are advised to disclose any and all nutrient and herb supplements you are using to your healthcare team.