Cold and flu season always seems to drag on and on, doesn’t it?
The coughing, the runny nose, the headaches, the whining, the on again off again fevers. All of it. It’s exhausting! Now whether you have or haven’t dealt with a cold or the flu already this season, it’s time to gather up your herbs and put them to good use in case you need them, mama. Here are 5 herbs that will help you get through cold & flu season.
Astragalus is a nutritive herb and is considered by some herbalists to be an adaptogen. Adaptogens help the body handle stress by bringing balance to the endocrine system, specifically the adrenal glands which can be very beneficial during times of illness.
2. Echinacea Root
Echinacea root can be used in two different ways during cold and flu season. One, as an immune stimulant, and two, to discourage and rid the body of infection. If you think you’re getting a sinus infection from a cold, Echinacea will keep the infection from getting worse. Echinacea has antibacterial properties and has been used for hundreds of years to manage active infections so they don’t get the better of you.
3. Elder Flower
Elderberry is a famous antiviral herb. It works to strengthen the walls of cells in order to inhibit viral penetration. It inhibits viral replication within cells, and it’s high in vitamin c which aids the immune system. Elder flower is a commonly used diaphoretic herb which means it opens the pores of the body and allows heat to escape. It’s most often used with other herbs to help lower fevers naturally, but it’s also used to help calm the nerves and relax the body.
Garlic has a chemical called allicin that gives it its antibacterial properties, and it has been used throughout the ages to overcome infections or discourage infections from starting in the first place. It also has antiviral and antifungal properties, and it’s a great herb to have on hand for use during cold and flu season.
5. Ginger Root
Ginger is a warm, diffusive herb. It heats your body up and gets your blood pumping. It unblocks stagnant, dormant areas of the body, and increases energy flow. When you grate ginger up and let it steep in a cup of hot water, it helps to release all those volatile oils in the plant material. Then, when you sipping your warm tea, you can take deep breaths of it and let it make your mind happy too!