Flu Season Herbal Remedies

Cool weather is upon us as we gear up for the dreaded flu season. Colds, coughs and temperatures are commonplace for this time of year, and with kids in school it’s almost a guarantee someone will be bringing home some kind of bug.

Herbal remedies are underrated with todays over the counter variety of pills, liquids and gel-caps to soothe just about any need. They are easy to grow even in cooler weather on a sunny window sill. You can mix up your own remedies at a fraction of the cost of the pharmacy “deals.”

Before you go mixing up your own prescription, it is imperative that you have a talk with your doctor. Some herbs can be deadly when used the wrong way, or mixed with necessary prescriptions. Always do your own homework, as our bodies are as individual as ourselves when it comes down to handling various medical needs.

Here is a small list to get you started!

Basil: Great tub-soaker! Run a few leaves in a muslin bag under hot water to invigorate you! Come in from the cold and dive into a hot tub to revitalize.

Thyme: Soak in hot water, let cool and use to treat mild coughs and colds.

Parsley: This is great for healthy skin, as it’s loaded with Vitamin C. Use fresh parsley when you cook and for the best effects add a salt-free diet. A bonus is, it will help freshen your breath.

Lavender: Lavender is one to not ingest, but leave lavender around the house for great aromatherapy. The smell of lavender is a great way to get rid of that pounding headache!

Borage: The herb of “courage” can be added to your family’s meals. It affects the adrenaline gland and is known to give “courage.” It is chock full of minerals.

Whether you’re a beginner herb grower, or an expert, herbs are a great, natural way to take care of your body. Remember to always do proper research before beginning an herbal experiment and check for any negative effects.

Herbs will flourish with regular trimming and proper maintenance and can last for several years with the right care.

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Ann Safford

Ann is a writer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets including her dog, two cats, a horse and six chickens. She enjoys writing about natural living, simple lifestyles and frugal living. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, horseback riding and gardening.


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