Herbs to Keep You Healthy Through the Cold and Flu Season

With cold and flu season again approaching, now is the time to start fortifying your body for the onslaught. A healthy diet, especially with an added concentration on certain herbs and supplements, is known to be an effective preventative in fighting illness.

Certain herbs are known for their healing and health enhancing properties. The saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been more true than in our 21st century world where pharmaceuticals have been so overused our bodies have developed a resistance to some of them. Others have adverse side effects better avoided unless absolutely necessary.

That is where herbal remedies come in. Certain herbs in particular have shown themselves to be effective in fighting off illness. Among these are garlic, Echinacea, licorice root, thyme, and elderberry extract. Many of these products can be bought online and if you purchase for more than 40 dollars in total you will get 10 dollars off with our special herb Coupon. Grab it directly by visiting the Facebook page.

Garlic

Garlic is well known for its health boosting properties and is especially effective in staving off flus and other viruses. Supplements are equally as effective and preferable when it comes to the breath factor. One garlic clove a day helps prevent colds and flus; two a day will speed up recovery if you already have a cold or flu. Try mixing it with honey if you can’t take the strong taste.

Echinacea

If you suffer from hay fever to ragweed or pollens, Echinacea may not be right for you. That said, Echinacea, when combined with garlic supplements, is very effective in preventing colds and flus. You need to read the ingredients, however, when choosing an Echinacea supplement as many products don’t contain enough of the herb to make a difference. You will need to take a thousand milligrams three times a day during flu and cold season.

Licorice Root

Licorice Root has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It is an expectorant, but also has antiviral properties and helps to fight off flu. When purchasing teas or supplements, make sure they contain real licorice root as many suppliers substitute anise seed which tastes like licorice but doesn’t have the same effect. A caution also: licorice root should not be taken by those with a heart condition. It can also interfere with certain prescription medicines, so check with your doctor before using.

Thyme

Thyme makes an excellent expectorant to help you productively cough up mucus and phlegm that may otherwise settle in the lungs when you are fighting a respiratory ailment. The leaves can be steeped for ten minutes in boiling water to make a tea. It can also be used in a steam bath to soak in or inhale to loosen the mucus.

Elderberry Extract

Finally, comes Elderberry Extract, also known as black elder. If you have already succumbed to that cold or flu, this is the herb you need. Elderberry extract has been known to shorten the duration of the illness by as much as four days! It also is effective against a variety of strains of flu.

Boost your body’s immune system now to prepare yourself for this seasons undesirable viruses. Perhaps this will be the year you dodge all those nasty bullets known as the common cold and influenzas.