10 Natural Remedies to Combat Colds and Flu


Every year the cold and flu season sneaks up and plagues the body with illness. You end up suffering from constant sniffles, sneezing and coughing along with an achy body chilled to the core because of that fever you have. Try avoiding the cold and flu this year with some basic remedies that support the immune system.

Echinacea: This potent herb contains antibacterial and antiviral properties. Due to these medicinal properties, Echinacea has the ability to strengthen the immune system and prevent you from becoming sick or not as sick with the cold and flu. The best forms of Echinacea to take are supplement, tea or tincture.

Astragalus: An herb a bit stronger than Echinacea that contains antibacterial and antiviral properties is Astragalus. The herb is a member of the pea family and it can be used to enhance the immune system so it can fight off cold and flu viruses better. This herb is best in tea form or tossed in a soup. However, you can purchase it in supplement form, but make sure it is a standardized so it contains the medicinal properties you need to help prevent illness.

Ginger: If for some reason you feel yourself getting ill it is time to drink a ginger toot tea. Ginger root contains medicinal properties that help relieve aches and pains in the body while also fighting off viral or bacterial infections that might be attacking your immune system. It also brings down a high fever and ease sinus headaches along with congestion.

Green Tea: The tea contains antioxidants that help support the immune system so it’s better at defending the body. It also has the ability to help reduce stress and keep your energized. Drinking two to three cups each day is all you need for maintaining health.

Yin Chiao: Yin Chiao isn’t exactly just an herb. Instead, it is blend of herbs used to create a medicinal tincture or medicinal tea that can be taken daily to lower your risks of catching the cold or flu. Some of the herbs used in the blend are peppermint, licorice, ginger, burdock seed and honeysuckle.

Garlic: Eating raw garlic daily is proven to strengthen and support the immune system so it can defend your body from illness during the cold and flu season. All that is needed to receive the health benefits from this herb are three cloves each day.

Lemon Balm: This herb contains potent antiviral properties and is outstanding for relaxing the body, easing coughing and taming a sore throat when the cold and flu strike. The herb is best used to create a lemon balm tea to sip on, on a regular basis. It’s perfect for relieving stress from the body, which is necessary in order to keep you healthy and strong.

Peppermint: If you start to have the sniffles with congestion, sip on some hot peppermint tea. It will help relieve the congestion and sniffles while providing your immune system with support.

Chamomile: This herb contain sedative properties that help relieve stress and promote sleep. Receiving adequate sleep each night can help protect your body from becoming ill. This herb also contain antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, which makes it perfect for relieving body aches, sore throats, chronic coughing and the sniffles.

Elderberry: A remedy high in vitamin C and antioxidants that is excellent for keeping the body’s defense system working is elderberry. It can be taken in syrup form, supplement form or as a tea. Some people even make jams and jellies from this herb and eat it daily to receive the health benefits from it.

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Heidi Kristoffer
I am Heidi Kristoffer, as an expert on natural health and holistic medicine, I am willing to help people live happier capable lives by sharing my health opinions with others. I am good at writing topics such as: medicine, natural remedies, foods and mental health. I think living a simple and healthy life, including eating healthy, exercising regularly and positively thinking, is the best medicine.