Cold and Flue Herbal Remedies

Written by: Export Herbs

FlueThe winter season has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere and it is projected to be tough one in terms of colds and flues. Sniffling, sneezing, head colds and full blown flues are about to attack anyone at any time. Luckily there are a number of herbs that can be used to ward off the initial symptoms of colds and flues.

Some of the best of these are:

  1. Peppermint

Not only does it reduce fever by inducing sweating, it also acts as a painkiller for headaches. When the leaves are boiled into a tea, it can be taken for people suffering from bronchitis as well as strong colds and flues. It opens blocked sinuses as well. Most stores now sell peppermint tea in teabags, which makes it even more convenient to use.

  1. Lemon Grass

In our previous blog we mentioned the benefits of lemon grass on stress relief. In the event of a flue, it accelerates sweating which assists in the breaking of fevers. It then also eliminates toxins from the body through sweating.

  1. Ginger

One of the oldest herbs used in teas for body ailments is ginger. It has been used for years upon years to treat digestive problems, nausea and headaches. By simmering ginger together with cinnamon sticks, one can create a powerful tea mixture that will not only induce sweating, but also calm down head colds.

  1. Garlic

We have mentioned the powerful effects of Garlic in a number of our previous blog posts. It is one of the most powerful immune boosters which means a person taking ample amounts garlic will be able to fight colds and flues so much more. Not that it has much affect on a person already suffering from a bad flue, it deserves to be mentioned as one of the super herbs in fighting illnesses.

  1. Fenugreek

Having high expectorant qualities, it is one of the herbs that should be brewed and taken for sore throats and to ease coughing. Its antiseptic and soothing qualities will leave one feeling better in a short period.

  1. Calendula

Calendula, also mentioned in a previous blog post, is an antiseptic and has antibacterial qualities. This herb can be boiled and the tea will relief inflammation as well as reduce fevers.flue tea

  1. Thyme

Not many people easily associate thyme with a herb that can be used for reasons other than cooking. Thyme however is an expectorant which increases coughing to clear out the lungs. That means one gets better sooner. One simply stirs two teaspoons of fresh thyme in a cup of boiled water and drink it down after ten minutes. The same can be done in a larger bowl and one can inhale the steam to loosen up mucus in the chest.

 

A handful of the above mentioned herbs are already available in teabags, which simplifies using them. Going the herbal route is definitely a first option rather than expensive medicines which may cause drowsiness and other unwanted side effects.

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