Herbs To Combat Cold & Flu

| 27/12/2016 | 0 Comments More

We are nearly through the Christmas Season and heading into the New Year, but the winter is far from over.  With all the socialising we do during the holiday season, we open ourselves to cold and flu viruses.

But this year, instead of heading to the pharmacies and supermarkets and spending lots of money on over the counter remedies, why not try the natural way…

There are lots of herbs out there that are readily available as well as being far cheaper than the commercial options.  The right herbs can keep your immune system strong and prevent infection, and when you get a cold these herbs can help your body fight off cold and flu.

Here are my top 5:

Garlic: Garlic is well known for being an antimicrobial herb.  Garlic contains several antimicrobial compounds that will help you beat colds and flu.  One of these compounds is known as allicin.  Garlic is great to put into soups, curries, stews, chili and is also great for putting on chicken and other meat/poultry.

Elderberry: Elderberry is one of the best antiviral herbs.  Elder leaves or flowers can give your immune system the boost it needs to fight viruses.  Use two teaspoons of dried flowers or herb and put in a cup of boiling water.  Drink one cup three times per day at the first signs of cold or flu.

Peppermint: Peppermint has several natural antiviral properties as well as potent vapors that can help fight sinus congestion.  Use one teaspoon of the dry herb in a cup of boiling hot water and drink three times per day.

Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm is one of the most readily available antiviral herbs and shown effectiveness against fighting the herpes virus as well as cold and flu.  Use one teaspoon of the dry herb in a cup of hot water and drink three times per day.

Echinacea: Research has shown that extracts from Echinacea can reduce the risk of recurring respiratory infections.  Use one teaspoon of the dry herb in hot water and drink three times per day.

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