As we come upon the season of gift-giving, there’s something else we often give to each other, although it’s not as welcome: colds, flus and other holiday bugs!
Yes, it’s that time of the sniffling, sneezing, year again. But, this time you can be prepared for it.
One of the best ways to stave off receiving some of those unwanted mucous filled gifts from friends, family, and co-workers, is by boosting your immunity with medicinal mushrooms like Reishi, and potent immune-stimulating herbs like Echinacea and Astragalus.
There is also a wide variety of medicine in your own kitchen, and you may not even realize it.
At the onset of the first sniffle, crush a clove of raw garlic, mix it with honey, and eat it raw. Garlic has powerful antimicrobial properties. “The volatile oil is largely excreted through the lungs, making garlic useful in infections of the respiratory system, such as chronic bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, recurrent colds, and influenza.”
The common culinary herb, thyme, is antispasmodic and expectorant. If you develop a hacking cough, brew a cup of thyme tea and sip on it throughout the day. It’s an excellent remedy for sore throats and irritable coughs.
There are many highly effective and simple home remedies you can rely on to strengthen your body and make it through the holidays with your health intact.
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 Medical Herbalism, David Hoffman, Healing Arts Press 2003, pg. 526
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.