15 Winter Remedies That Will Change Your Life
Winter months can be nice for some people, but this is the time when most people have cold problems, we get down with the flu, in short, our immune system is more vulnerable than during other months. This is where nature comes in handy. Herbs can ease congestion and sore throat and they can even prevent some illnesses. Because of the lack of sun and cold air, some people may feel like they lack energy or their immune system keeps failing them. There is a solution though, and there is no need you run to the pharmacy every time you start to feel weak. These natural remedies will keep you healthy and you will not feel so tired all the time.
1. Echinacea is a well known herb that boosts the immune system. Echinacea purpurea and E. angustifolia are echinacea plants that help you by fighting viruses. Its leaves, roots and flowers are considered medicinal. If you are experiencing some troubles with your immune system, take 1/2 to 1 tsp of tincture every two hours until cold symptoms are gone. Echinacea tea is also very helpful during the winter season.
2. Elderberry has been popular for a long time as a very healthy food. You might have tasted some elderberry syrup by now, but did you know that European studies have shown that elderberries are very helpful when it comes to seasonal flus? During the epidemic of H1N1 or swine flu, elderberries were used in nutrition of the patients who had this condition. If you experience cold symptoms, be sure to follow package directions for the syrup.
3. Goldenseal is great for short-term uses. By using this fantastic herb, you can clear up bacterial infections, but also, restore the respiratory system lining after experiencing some severe cold. Goldenseal is very bitter, and that is a problem for many people. Therefore, you should stick to tinctures or capsules if you don’t like the bitter note. Pregnant women should not use goldenseal, and others should use only in small doses.
4. Did you know you could reduce fever with elderflower? Actually, the flower form of the elder plan helps inducing sweating, and therefore helps body reduce fever. You can drink it as a tea, by pouring boiling water over a teaspoon of dried elderflower. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, and strain it. Try to drink three cups per day. You can also make tea that combines elder, echinacea and just a pinch of peppermint!
5. Ginger is can be used in several ways, but the effect is the same- it boosts your immune system perfectly. A cup of ginger tea can help you warm the body and ease congestion. This also helps your system fight the infections. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, so you can use it as a good sore-throat homemade remedy as well. You can add ginger into soups and stir-fries, too!
6. Slippery Elm is an extraordinary, natural way to get rid off the sore throat. Slippery Elm (or Ulmus rubra) products are known to be rich in mucilage- a substance that soothes the throat and relieves coughs. You can look for Slippery Elm lozenges at most of the health-food stores, just be sure to follow the package directions. You can also make a tea by simmering 1 tbsp of dry Slippery Elm bark per cup of water.
7. Thyme is very rich in antibacterial compounds. This makes thyme a real cold season powerhouse. Thyme is great because you can use it dried or fresh, in both cases it has healing effects on your immune system. You can use some fresh time in stews or soups or you can use some dried thyme i teas. Also, try making a steam with thyme by adding a pinch of fresh or dried thyme, make tent with a towel and breathe in the healthiness.
8. Astragalus (or Astragalus mebranaceus) has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its beneficial compounds can help strengthen the body and the immune system against illness. This is the case when you use it over time. And in case you would like to know how to use it, here are some tips: take the tincture or a capsule pf astragalus throughout the cold season. You can also add some astragalus into your soups or rice.
9. Eucalyptus has been known for a long, long time as a plant that helps us breathe easier. However, eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is also known for its expectorant properties, and it can loosen congestion. You can use it by near-boiling water into a pot, and then add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Turn off the heat, make another tent with a towel and breathe for five minutes. Do not use the essential oils internally!
10. Eleuthero is a plant, also known as Siberian ginseng, also known as Eleutherococcus senticosus. This well studied herb has the ability to help your body to resist all the bad effects of stress, and it can boost your immune system. You can take it in tincture or capsule form. You can also make an immunity chai by blending: eleuthero, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. Simmer this for 20 minutes and drink two to three cups a day.
11. Mullein or Verbascum thapsus has many soothing and expectorant properties that are very good for cough treatments. If you have cough problems, try mullein tea. You can make it by pouring a cup of boiling water over a tablespoon of mullein leaves. After that, leave it for 20 minutes and strain. If you dislike the bitter taste, add some lemon into it. Also, you can treat ear infections with drops of mullein and garlic oil mixture.
12. Tulsi or Ocimum sanctum is believed to be beneficial to the overall health. You may know this plant by the name holy basil, and holy basil contains many antiviral and antibacterial compounds. This plant may also help you prevent illness if you use it over time. The best way to use Tulsi is by making some delicious tea. You can buy it packed or you can brew your own! Drink two to three cups a day.
13. Yin Chiao is a centuries old Chinese health formula. It contains many immune boosting herbs. It also helps people ease the tiresome cold symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, pain in the muscles etc. The best way to use it is at the first sign of illness. Be sure to follow the directions on the package and don’t forget to consult your doctor before deciding that Yin Chiao is the best solution for you.
14. We present you sage! Sage or salvia officinalis can be very helpful in cases of sore throats and dry up sinuses. If you are experiencing sore throat, make a strong tea by pouring about 4 ounces of water over 2 teaspoons of dried or fresh sage. Both dried and fresh sage are good for general health conditions. But, if you have drippy sinuses, try drinking a cup of regular sage tea three times a day.
15. Licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra is another immune system power-source. It can soothe a sore throat and it is an excellent addition to cough and cold health formulas. If you have cough troubles, you should make a tea that combines mullein leaf with just a pinch of licorice. However, people with high blood pressure should definitely avoid licorice or just use deglycyrrhizinated form of it.