How To Make Delicious and Effective Herbal Remedies For Colds and Flu
Continuing our previous post on how to stay healthy during the winter season (see: 5 Tips and 5 Herbs For Staying Healthy This Winter), we’ve put together an easy fail-proof formula to create delicious and effective natural remedies to help fight against colds, influenza (the flu), and other respiratory infections.
Delicious & natural cold and flu remedies
Herbal remedies don't have to taste herbal at all! Follow our steps and recommendations to make natural and effective remedies that are also delicious. Save our infographic for easy reference.
Step 1: Choose your favorite tea base. Pick something based on your own personal taste and your preference or tolerance for caffeine.
Step 2: Pick three cold and flu-fighting herbs. We've screened out five potent herbs for you to choose from: echinacea, ginger, licorice root, thyme leaf, and St. John's wort.
Step 3: Add one more herb for flavor. We've selected ten versatile herbs that will go well in your herbal infusion.
5 effective herbs fight against colds and flu
Echinacea is often used for upper respiratory tract infections such as the common cold and influenza because it has been reported to have antimicrobial, antioxidant, and immunomodulatory effects. Research suggests that echinacea extracts help reduce the duration of colds and the severity of symptoms. Medical researchers in Germany estimated that echinacea products may reduce the risk of upper respiratory infections by 10-20% based on a large-scale study with 320 participants.
Echinacea also stimulates white blood cells, one of the body’s first lines of defense against illness; increases production of interferon and other virus-fighting substances; and increases immune cells’ ability to engulf and destroy invading microbes.
2. Ginger root
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory agent which can be helpful for easing the symptoms of colds such as congestion, coughs, sore throats, and stuffy noses. The potent herb contains a compound called gingerol which is believed to help relieve congestion. The compound reduces the swelling of mucous membranes that line the nasal passages and the sinus cavity, allowing mucous to flow out.
In addition, ginger exhibits antimicrobial properties. In an article published in the Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials, researchers reported that ginger was effective against certain bacteria, and was found to be more potential than some conventional antibiotics such as chloramphenicol, ampicillin, and tetracycline.
3. Licorice root
Research has shown that glycyrrhizin, a sweet-tasting compound found in licorice root, has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. In the Food Chemistry academic journal, licorice root was also described to have antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties. In test-tube studies, it was shown to inhibit the growth of various viruses, including the influenza virus. Like echinacea, licorice root can help stimulate white blood cells. A number of research studies have found that licorice root extracts can fight off the flu, including strains of the avian flu virus.
4. Thyme leaf
Thyme has traditionally been used to support the immune system and to treat various infections, such as throat and chest infections. The herb has long been considered an expectorant, a substance that helps clear mucus from the air passages, and makes coughs more productive.
Thyme leaf contains many naturally-occurring compounds, including thymol, which is commonly found in toothpaste and mouthwash due to its antimicrobial activity. Modern research shows thyme exhibits antimicrobial and antiseptic activity, supporting its traditional use for immune health, with demonstrated antiviral activity against influenza.
5. St. John’s wort
St. John’s wort may be helpful in boosting immunity and promoting general health. Extracts of the herb have demonstrated antimicrobial activity and have been shown to have effects against HIV, influenza, herpes and hepatitis B and C. According to some test tube and animal studies, the herb was found to inhibit viruses such as influenza A and and parainfluenza, which has flu-like symptoms. Compounds such as flavonoids and hyperforin which are found in St. John’s wort have also demonstrated effects against various types of viruses.
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