Runny nose, Phlegmy cough, sweating?
Leaving your body dehydrated and thirsty. So as it’s cold outside so you made a nice hot drink of regular tea or coffee. No, no, no! Caffeine makes you more dehydrated. You need a herbal tea, that’s caffeine-free, which allows you to enjoy your hot drink with no side-effects.
Herbal teas and fresh fruit juices can provide a valuable source of vitamins and minerals, particularly if you’ve lost your appetite.
Echinacea: available as herbal tea bags. Or a dried herb.
- Strengthens the immune system
- Can shorten the length of a bout of cold/flu
- As a preventative measure drink a cup a day of Echinacea from the start of winter.
Citrus fruits: Lemon, grapefruit, orange juices
- All antiseptic
- Have uplifting properties
- Help beat the ‘winter blues”
- Oranges can bring down temperatures
- Grapefruit stimulates lymphatic system and fights fevers
- Lemon cleanses and purifies.
- Heat essential oils in a vaporiser, or
- Eat fresh fruit to boost vitamin C levels.
Eucalyptus: place eucalyptus and lemon in a bowl of hot water to make sinus-clearing steam inhalation.
- This antiseptic essential oil works on the respiratory tract, soothing inflammation and clearing catarrh from the head and sinuses.
- Place a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale at intervals – this will relieve nasal congestion.
Rosemary:available as an essential oil, or dried/fresh herb.
- Eases headaches – drink 50ml of rosemary tea every 3 hours.
- Sore throats – Gargle with a diluted syrup.
- Can raise your spirits so you feel better.
Garlic : clove, powder, or oil form – try to include in your diet-or take a fresh clove 2 to 3 times daily between meals
- Anti-bacterial properties
- Helps immune system fight infections.
- Effective remedy for chest infections.
Sage: Drink as a herbal tea throughout day. pregnant women should avoid sage and thyme.
- Has chest healing properties
- Useful for treating colds
- Helps restore appetites.
Thyme: available as fresh/dry herb, or essential oil
- Fights infections
- Relieves low spirits and exhaustion
- Fortifies the body against colds.
- Drink 50ml of tea 3 times a day, or take 20 ml of syrup 3 times a day.
Ginger : avaible as a root or essential oil.
- An antiseptic
- Expectorant all in one for a muscle rub.
Honey: unlike sugar, honey will help ease your cold.
- Soothes sore throats and tickle coughs
- Provides relief from headaches
- Promotes relaxation
- Use instead of sugar to sweeten herbal drinks.
Tip for storage:
Store your coldbusting herbs and herbal tea bags in a dry, wooden box in a dark cupboard.