COLD REMEDIES: TREATING THE COMMON COLD WITH NATURAL HERBS

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Published: 30th March 2012
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Natural herbs have been used as cold remedies for thousands of years. People all across the world have used organic, healthy, and aromatic plants to prevent, heal, and relieve pain due to the common cold, and still use them today. Before making a trip to the pharmacy, experiment with these ancient herbs that have been used over the centuries to naturally alleviate your cold. These herbs, among many more, each have unique properties and elements that will relieve a variety of symptoms while your body fights off the infection with a renewed energy and strength.

Echinacea: This ancient herb that is native to North America, used by Native Americans for centuries, is now becoming accepted worldwide for its ability to improve immune defenses and prevent respiratory infections. Take as soon as symptoms appear, as it may shorten the length of a cold and diminish its severity. It also cleanses the blood and transmits white blood cells to help fight infections.

Garlic: The ever-popular Garlic contains different antibiotic elements to strengthen the immune system to fight infections. It has been used since the days of ancient Greece and Rome to give energy and strength to soldiers, and is still prevalent today.

Peppermint: This minty fresh plant soothes and cools the body by inducing sweating and therefore reducing fever. It also reduces headache pain. Lastly, it effectively allows for decongestion in order to generate proper inhalation. Peppermint is delicious in steaming teas.

Ginger: Ginger is an herb you don’t want to forget when a cold takes over. It is an antiviral herb with many different properties. It is an antioxidant and is antiseptic. It prevents inflammation and sore throats, is soothing, calming, reduces fevers, and relieves sore muscles. It is effective and delicious in tea, smoothies, cooked or eaten raw.

Yarrow: This principal fever-reducing herb has anti-inflammatory properties and induces sweating.

Citrus fruit: Citrus foods are a very classic method to relieving colds. They are rich in antioxidants, which help the body fight infections, and are generally found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Make a fresh fruit juice or eat raw!

Goldenseal: Goldenseal promotes blood flow and strengthens the immune system. Additionally, it triggers white blood cells to kill bacteria and viruses.

Licorice Root: This sweet and tasty herb relieves sore throats, has anti-inflammatory elements, reduces coughs and mucus, and eases throat pain. It is an all around healer for any symptom!

Medicinal Teas: healing the healthy and tasteful way

Runny nose? Sore throat? Cough? If you have caught that aggravating seasonal cold again, there is a more enjoyable way to prevent and alleviate the pain than nasal sprays, cough drops, and syrups.

Although these remedies may relieve you of a cold momentarily, instead try using natural herbs that are actually healthy and beneficial to your body, easing the pain, as well as working to prevent future colds. These organic herbs, which have been around for thousands of years, contain certain properties and elements that will strengthen, energize, and rejuvenate your body.

These all-natural plants, which have anti-bacterial and antiseptic effects, fight infections, decongest, and reduce pain and fevers, can be eaten raw, cooked, or, my preferred method, made into a delicious tea. Use these ancient herbs, each with distinguished properties to aid in a variety of symptoms, boiled into delicious steaming teas to sip your way to health:

• Echinacea: Boosts immune defense mechanisms, cleanses the blood, and may alleviate the severity of a cold.

• Ginger: Contains multiple antiviral elements, is an antioxidant, prevents inflammation and sore throats, and relieves pain.

• Garlic: Aids in fighting infections of the immune system and contains very strong antibiotics.

• Peppermint: Reduces fevers through the promotion of sweating and cooling.

• Elderberry: Generates positive immune system actions to help fight off viruses.

• Cinnamon: Alleviates feelings of nausea.

• Ginseng: Strengthens immune system and fights respiratory viruses.

• Licorice Root: Is anti-inflammatory, reduces coughs, rids of mucus, and relieves sore throats.

• Lemon: Rich source of Vitamin C.

• Yarrow: Contains anti-inflammatory elements and induces sweating.

• Juniper: Is a decongestant.

Here is a list of my personal favorite combinations for unique flavored teas. Or pick the herbs you want depending on desired flavors and preferred medicinal properties to create the perfect, soothing tea for your individual symptoms:

-The Mint Kicker: Peppermint, Ginger, and Elderberry.
-The Soother: Honey and lemon.
-The Cleanser: Echinacea, Dried lemongrass, Sage leaves.
-Fiery Relief: Ginger and Cinnamon.
-The Intensifier: Licorice root, Anise, Wild cherry bark, Cinnamon, Orange peel.
-Sweet Mint: Yarrow, Elderberry, and Peppermint.

Sweeten your tea the healthy, organic way with all-natural sweeteners, such as honey, blackstrap molasses, or agave syrup. All of these herbal teas are delicious based with oolong, black, green, mint, or lemon teas.

Other all-natural medicinal herbs to mix, combine, and enjoy in any tea: Dried rose hips, Goldenseal, Yarrow, Catnip, Sage, Chamomile, and Hyssop.

To learn more about this topic check out head cold or chest cold.

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