Top 5 Herbs to combat the Cold & Flu Season
by Lucy Marks
Winter is well and truly here, and unfortunately, with it, comes the dreaded cold and flu season. But this year instead of heading straight to your local pharmacy and purchasing a packet of cold and flu tablets, we suggest you keep it a la naturale and stock up on these 5 super herbs to fend off the nasty’s first!
Ginger is an immune system booster and hence is commonly used as a natural treatment for the common cold and flu. It helps to remove mucus and nasal congestion, ease coughs, and can relieve a mild fever by inducing sweating.
Olive Leaf is an effective immune system enhancer, and assists with the management of viral infections such as the common cold. It has powerful antioxidant qualities that also help to regulate general health and wellbeing.
This traditional Chinese herb has been used for thousands of years as a tonic. Through stimulation of monocytes and macrophages (cells responsible for regulating immunity) immune function is enhanced and resistance to infection is increased.
Through providing nutritional support for a strong immune system, zinc helps to reduce and relieve the symptoms and duration of the cold and flu. Oysters, red meat and pepitas are great sources of zinc.
If a nasty cough and nasal congestion are some of the symptoms you’re experiencing, thyme extract is your answer. The herb has antibacterial and antifungal properties that fight those nasty agents that cause inflammation of the bronchi, offering fast and effective relief.
Not sure where to find these? Your local farmer's market would have the wholefoods, but for the extracts and supplements...your health food store, chemist or herbalist should have them!