Do you know easy kitchen remedies for respiratory health?

Even if the news has scared you to death of people that sneeze and cough during the fall season, it is perfectly normal for the body to have these physical reactions to seasonal changes.

When the seasons change, atmospheric pressure and winds shift, and our bodies have to make adjustments to those environmental modifications.

Moving from warmer weather into cooler weather (summer to fall, and fall into winter), the body begins slightly contracting. As the body goes through this natural process, it becomes momentarily de-stabilized, and this can create the perfect environment for viruses to enter into the system.

Like most folks, you may not be prepared for the common bugs that enter your body through the respiratory system at this time of year… but if you have some herbal culinary savvy, you need not worry.

Right now, in your kitchen, you already have easy remedies at your fingertips that can keep the bugs at bay and help you retain good respiratory health through seasonal shifts.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Garlic Toast

At the first sign of a tickle in your nose or throat, crush a fresh clove of garlic and mince it finely.

Mix the garlic with honey, or if you like it more on the savory side, combine it with olive oil and herbs like parsley and basil, and then smear it onto a piece of toasted sourdough.

For those of you that do NOT eat gluten, smear that garlic onto an apple, or just put it onto a spoon and directly into your mouth.

If you opt to put it directly into your mouth without a buffer (bread, olive oil, honey or apple), be prepared – it is STRONG and may make you want to throw up!

Garlic (Allium sativum) is both antimicrobial and antiviral, and at the onset of respiratory invaders, it can work like magic to keep bugs at bay!

Oregano Gargle

If the tickle moves into your throat, mince 5-6 tablespoons of fresh oregano (or 2 tsp. dried oregano) and put it into a bowl or mason jar.

Pour 6-8 ounces boiling water on top of leaves and steep, covered, 15-20 minutes. Strain out the leaves and gargle with the warm oregano water.

Make sure the water is not too hot. I don’t want you to burn your throat.

You can also drink oregano water – although…it’s not very delicious.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) contains thymol and carvacrol, which have powerful antiseptic and antibiotic properties.[1]

Thyme Tea with Lemon and Honey

Thyme with Lemon and Honey Tea

If you don’t catch the bugs at the onset (in the nose or in the throat), and your immune system has been slow to respond, they are going to move into your chest. That is what happened to me when I got C*ovid-19.

Here’s where you develop a tickle in the chest and a cough.

Pull 1-2 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves off the stem and pack it into a “tea ball”. Put the tea ball into a mug and cover with boiling water. Steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Add 1 tsp. honey and 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice.

Drink 3-4x per day.

If you don’t have fresh thyme, or it’s too much work to pull those little tiny leaves off the stem, use 2 tsp. dried thyme.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) contains volatile oils that are strongly antiseptic and promote expectoration. It is an excellent remedy for respiratory infections and coughs.[2]

There’s a lot you can do to support your lungs and respiratory system when you know what to do and how to do it.

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Now get into the kitchen and cook up some health!

[1] 21st Century Herbal, Michael J. Balick PhD, Rodale 2014, pg. 219

[2] Medical Herbalism, David Hoffmann, Healing Arts Press, 2003, pg. 589