Herbal Treatments For Colds And Flu

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Can herbs help to prevent / treat colds and flu?

Herbal Treatments For Colds And Flu

Where the common cold is concerned, herbs can help as much with prevention as with the cure. Regular consumption of garlic will boost your immune system and help ward off the dreaded viruses.

When you feel the cold coming on, prepare a hot foot bath with ground black pepper liberally sprinkled in. It will help you sweat out the cold. Add a few slices of fresh ginger for a more pronounced effect. Alternatively, add a strong infusion of thyme or rosemary (2-3 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water) to your bathwater to relieve chills and the aches and pains associated with colds and flu. After your bath, have a hot drink and retire to bed – you will be sweating quite profusely!

Once you have a cold, you want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Make use of the antiviral properties of many herbs and watch your cold fade away:

1 tablespoon of shredded ginger steeped in boiling water makes a wonderful warming tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.

  • Cinnamon and cloves also have warming properties – use with ginger in mulled apple juice or turn into a honey-sweetened tea.
  • Watercress is said to help with a runny nose. When you have a cold and don't feel like eating anything, mix it with grapefruit segments and ginger for a zingy, refreshing salad.
   

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