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Warmer, longer days are a sure sign that spring is on its way. There is a downside, though – with the changing weather comes another round of cold and flu season.
We all dread the way that cold and flu season sneaks up on us. It starts with the occasional cough or sneeze on the bus, and suddenly the entire office or classroom seems to be sniffling.
The foods and supplements that we put in our bodies can have a huge impact on our overall health. You can make choices now to help your immune system fight off the viruses and bacteria that you encounter during the changing season.
Try these tips to help you stay well or heal faster.
Cold and Flu Season Immune Boosters
Milarepa, the Tibetan saint, was said to have lived on nothing but nettle for decades of meditation. Nettle tea has long been touted for its healing properties, and a recent study showed that it does have “potent antibacterial activity.”
Brew stinging nettle leaves in near-boiling water and drink daily as a preventative measure against illness or to help speed up recovery. If you are already sick, stinging nettle tea can break down and release mucous, helping to clear your system.
The marigold blooms all year round. It is also known as “flower of rain,” because the flower will not open if rain is on the way. Marigold is not just a beautiful blossom, but also a natural medicine for many conditions.
Brew marigold in near-boiling water to make a tea. Marigold tea has many different uses, including using the cooled tea as a gargle for sore throats. You can also dip small cloths or clean rags into the tea and apply as a compress to scraped, itchy, scratched or otherwise inflamed skin conditions.
Since marigold tea is well tolerated, it can be safely taken daily. Two cups a day will have a preventive effect on colds and flu. Drinking marigold tea can also help eliminate parasites in the body.
Licorice root’s demulcent or tissue-coating properties ease sore throats and soothe coughs. Licorice root has many beneficial uses, such as providing relief from coughs, laryngitis or bronchial infections. Licorice root can also help the body combat viruses. If you are coming down with a cold, try this great recipe!
Steep 1 teaspoon licorice root in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and reserve the liquid. Moisten 2 tablespoons of dried hyssop with 2 tablespoons of the licorice liquid. In a saucepan, stir together 1 cup honey, ¼ cup licorice liquid and moistened hyssop. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and refrigerate. A teaspoon several times a day will soothe a sore throat or cough.