Did you know that nature can support you through colds and flu?
Not only do herbs have the potential to boost your immune response, but they may also relieve your symptoms. Here are 5 herbs you can use to fight your cold and flu:
This delicious herb is not only for culinary purposes. Ginger is one of my go-to herbs when suffering from a cold or flu. It helps to expel mucus and can therefore be used to relieve congestion in both the lungs and sinuses. This warming herbs promotes sweating and supports a healthy fever process.
Ginger is stimulating and moves energy in the body, this promotes digestion and increase the flow of fluid in the body. It also helps to ward off bacterial and viral infections.
This nutritious herb helps to nourish the body when disease strikes. Stinging Nettle supports the immune system and have antihistamine properties to combat allergies such as hay fever and asthma.
Nettle has the ability to relieve pain by easing muscle spasms and inflammation. It may also be used to clear catarrh in coughs and bronchitis.
Stinging nettle supports many of your major detox organs including the liver, lungs and urinary tract. This is beneficial as it helps to remove toxins caused from disease.
Elderberries have for long been referred to as “the people’s medicine chest” and have a strong history of use against upper respiratory tract infections. It holds within immuno-modulating properties which aid in treating respiratory infections.
These sour berries have antiviral activity which helps to shorten a cold or flu. Elderberries support a healthy fever process by allowing heat to escape the body. Both the flowers and which helps to dispel mucus.
Another herb we all have in our kitchen. Thyme is a wonderful remedy to combat colds, sore throats, flu and chest infections. It is recommended for all kinds of coughs because it can help stop coughing spasms in both congested and dry coughs. Studies have shown that thyme may be effective in the treatment of bronchitis.
Stephen Buhner in his book of herbal antibiotics says that thyme has been shown to inhibit the mechanisms that make bacteria cells resistant to antibiotics. Jeremy Ross in his book Combining Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine says that “Thyme may be especially appropriate for those who have had repeated antibiotic therapy for respiratory or urinary infections, with the result that the immune system and digestive system have been weakened. This, in turn, can result in an accumulation of pathogens that are not cleared from the body.”
Its antioxidant content protects you against degenerative problems and increase longevity.
This powerful purple flower is well known for its immune-boosting properties. Clinical research has confirmed that echinacea increases the number of white blood cells and strengthen their action.
Test-tube studies have shown echinacea to kill viruses, including influenza. Echinacea is most commonly used to promote the healing of chronic respiratory infections such as colds, flu and even whooping cough.
Echinacea should be taken in intervals to prevent your immune system from becoming accustomed to its effects.
Our Get Well Tea contains all 5 of these herbs and can help you fight your cold and flu.