It’s flu and cold season, prompting us to get out those tea mugs and dig out grandma’s chicken soup recipe. Everyone is busy, and life stops for nothing- not even a runny nose. Many people depend on over-the-counter meds to help ease the symptoms of sickness, but is there anything natural that can be taken for prevention and treatment?
It can be said that Mother Nature has everything the human needs to survive, including a wide array of herb plants that have been used for centuries to treat common ailments. Some herbs even have the potential to boost the immune system.
Best of all, you don’t have to wait in line at a pharmacy or drive around town looking for these herbs- you can grow them right at home in your kitchen or garden. Here are 3 herbs that can relieve discomfort and might even strengthen your immunity.
The bountiful elderberry bush has been renowned for its medicinal properties since Ancient Greek times. It’s said to help increase circulation and improve the flow of oxygen to the body’s tissues to aid in fighting against infections. Elderberry is native to the US and grows in many different regions. It’s easy to maintain and can be planted right in your backyard where there is partial sunlight and well-draining soil. The bush is aesthetically pleasing, brightening up any yard with bushels of white blossoms that turn to heavy clusters of dark berries. Pick the berries and use them for baked goods, jams or juices.
You probably use this delectable smelling herb in your cooking quite a bit. But, did you know that thyme is also a heavy duty detoxifier? Take a handful of sprigs and brew a hot thyme leaf tea to help soothe a sore throat. As well, it helps to expel mucus from the lungs and thins mucus thanks to its powerful oils. Thyme is used to treat whooping cough, postnasal drip, colds and sore throats.
Not only is the smell of peppermint refreshing and relaxing, but this little herb packs of punch when it comes to treating illnesses. Peppermint leaves contain several powerful essential oils, including menthone, limonene and menthol. By steeping leaves to make tea, you can enjoy all of the benefits that these oils have to offer. Peppermint can be used to aid in digestion, relieving gas and bloat. It may also help soothe tension headaches, clogged sinuses and fight bacterial infections.