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November is upon us. The long summer days have turned short and chilly. It’s the time of year when many of us are preparing for the inevitable cold and flu season.
Stocking up on familiar cough syrups, daytime and nighttime gel-caps, and fever reducing pills is a routine that many have grown accustomed to. But this year, we’re trying something different to tame that “under-the-weather” feeling.
Turning to tried and true traditions of natural medicine and herbal remedies to survive the cold and flu season.
From herbal mixes to delicious old fashioned teas, these natural remedies that will have you feeling warm and fuzzy.
Here are some of our favorite herbal remedies:
Eucalyptus – a natural antiseptic that helps reduce muscle tension and fevers. Brew it as a tea, to help reduce chest congestion and alleviate sore throat.
Polygonum Hydropiper – also known as “water pepper” is an herb that has numerous medical properties, including reducing phlegm and congestion.
Elderberry – can reduce flu symptoms and duration. Mix it into a homemade syrup or simply steep the dried flowers into a potent tea.
Cinnamon – is an effective antiviral and antibiotic. Mix one tablespoon with one teaspoon of honey and stir to make a spicy tea that helps lower a fever, and relieve cough and congestion.
Nettle Leaves – is an essential herb for illness treatment. It removes toxins and helps keep the body hydrated. Chock full of vitamins and trace minerals, it makes a powerful immune supporting natural remedy. Try it as a tea mixed with red raspberry leaf and peppermint.
Chamomile – is an absolute staple, especially for kids. Chamomile reduces inflammation and fever, calms the nerves, and helps children sleep better. A potent mix of camomile flowers steeped in hot water can be used externally as well as ingested as a tea. In addition to fighting colds and flus, it’s great for regulating hormones.
Peppermint – an excellent antimicrobial and antiviral herb that helps lower fevers and treat digestive disturbances. It can be used as a tea or rubbed onto the skin to reduce a high fever. Try is as a hot or cold brewed tea.
Dried Rosehip Fruit – in addition to vitamin C, rose hips contain vitamins A, B1, B2, E and K and beta-carotene. Steeped as a tea, these little gems are also effective in preventing and fighting infections and inflammations.
Exotic Tea – tea is the most basic natural remedy for a cold or flu. Any tea will do the trick, but if you’re drinking it for medicinal purposes, why not choose something that also tastes good. Check out the Magic Fruits Raspberry and Rosehip Tea by Basilur. A melange of pure Ceylon black tea mixed with natural fruits flavors like rosehip raspberry.
And while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up something yummy from our bakery to go with that steaming hot cup of tea. Gingerbread cookie (pryanik) anyone? Or maybe a traditional dried bagel (sushki)?
So there you have it. The best herbal remedies to survive the cold and flu season. Now all that’s left is to cozy up with your favorite blanket, warm beverage, a yummy snack and a captivating book.