Herbs for Cold and Flu

Herbs for Cold and Flu

Nine herbs for cold and flu.

Herbs for Cold and Flu, time to get prepared.
It is cold and flu time! Check out these herbs for cold and flu, and it’s easy too.
Don’t panic you can be prepared and not break the bank finding exotic herbs and complicated remedies.
The key to keeping healthy when you are sick or starting to feel sick is having something you can easily find, and it is easy to prepare.
Here is my list of easy to find herbs and a few recipes. Another bonus, you can find almost all of these ingredients at your local grocery store.
  • Garlic (Allium Sativum ) Yes I know it comes up on a lot of my lists, that is because I love it. It is an anti-viral, antibiotic and antiseptic.
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) is a relaxing and soothing herb, that is also a power antiviral, along with having these other beneficial actions, Nervine, sedative, diaphoretic, antispasmodic for colds and flu. It is also good for soothing a rumbly tummy and headaches. You can often find this herb fresh in the produce section.
  • Onion has a long history of being helpful for coughs and clearing the respiratory tract. I like to use yellow onions. Use your favorite type. Onions contain quercetin causes the bronchi of the respiratory tract to widen. Onions are so easy to find, which is always a bonus.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. So this herb is excellent for colds, but the bonus is, it is great for flu and flu nausea and vomiting. Ginger can be found in grocery stores too.
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis) This herb is excellent for sore throats and coughs, I joke with students that all you need for a cold is ST, sage, and thyme, or a sore throat. This herb has carminative, antiseptic, and astringent properties. Sage can be found in the produce section of your grocery store, fresh or dried in the spice section.  Don’t use sage when pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Thyme ( Thymus vulgaris) This herb is antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant, and astringent. Thyme is excellent for respiratory infections and coughs. It is also beneficial for gas and stomach cramps. Thyme is so easy to find.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) This herb is often overlooked for colds and flu, but it works to get rid of coughs. Peppermint loosens chest congestion and helps to break up phlegm. Can lessen mucus that may aggravate the throat and bonus, it is easy to find fresh or dried.
  • Lemons are great. Vitamin C, and often considered a great preventative. Adding lemon to your routine can be as easy as cutting it into wedges and adding to hot or cold water. Not a fan of Lemons? You can use other citrus fruits.
  • Honey has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. Try to use local honey that is raw. Local honey can be found in some grocery stores, farmer’s markets, health food stores and from local beekeepers.

Recipes for your cold and flu defense team.

Infusions (strong tea).
Infusions are medicinal strength teas, and steep longer.
You can use a mason jar, french press or tea pot.
The herbal blends will steep for at least a half hour to overnight.
Garlic Ginger Lemonade
4 chopped garlic cloves
5 slices of ginger, about 2 inches sliced.
5 tablespoons chopped fresh lemon balm.
5 lemons juiced
Add the garlic, ginger and lemon balm to a quart jar with the lemon juice. Boil a quart of water, add to the jar.
Add honey to taste.
Strain and drink warm or chilled.
Onion Cough Syrup
This is so easy to make and even easier to use.
Slice an onion, put into a  sterilized jar and cover with honey.  Allow the honey it to infuse in the fridge for a week before use, but if you need it right away, you can use it the next morning.
You can use 1-3 teaspoons per use, or add to a cup of tea.
Garlic, Onion, Ginger Cough Syrup
Place one sliced onion, 5 cloves of garlic chopped and five slices of ginger into a jar and cover with honey. It is that simple. Allow the honey it to infuse in the fridge for a week before use, but if you need it right away, you can use it the next morning.
You can use 1-3 teaspoons per use, or add to a cup of tea.
You can also infuse honey with herbs in the same manner. Sage and Thyme always make a great combination.
Have kids under 2?
You can use brown rice syrup or maple syrup instead of honey.
Sage and Thyme
Sage and thyme infusions are great herbs for cold and flu and for sore throats, you can even add a teaspoon of your onion honey to make it more powerful.
Need something really easy?
Lemon Balm tea. 1 tablespoon fresh herb to 1 cup of water, let it steep and drink.

9 Herbs for Cold and Flu

Or use Peppermint and make an infusion. The important thing to remember is that herbalism doesn’t have to be complicated and sometimes the best recipes and options are the easiest to use.

You can also add herbs to your foods to help combat colds and flu. Herbs for cold and flu are so versatile and so easy to use. Add a few extra garlic cloves and onion to soups, stews, casseroles, etc..  So have fun incorporating herbs to your food and help keep your body healthy. Herbs for colds and flu are also great for other issues, so take the time and learn how versatile these herbs are.

By Demetria Clark

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