The cooler months usually includes flannelette PJ's, tracksuit pants & a nice warm doona but it might also include a dreaded cold or flu.
If the cold or flu do come knocking, what should we do when symptoms hit?
Now a day's lot of people prefer going to the kitchen cupboard and make a herbal remedy than going to a doctor.
Luckily, there are plenty of herbs you can find in your kitchen to ease the symptoms and shorten the duration of colds and flu. If taken early and often, it is possible to prevent the symptoms from worsening and turning into a more severe stage like pneumonia.
Here are some of the powerful herbs and how to use them to alleviate cold and flu symptoms.
Ginger is one of the most widely used kitchen herbs for cold and flu. It has been used medicinally and as a seasoning for at least 5000 years. A compound called gingerol in ginger, relaxes the phlegm and throat.
Cut 1cm size piece of fresh ginger, crush it and mix with hot boiling water in a cup. Leave it for a few minutes to infuse and mix 1 tsp of honey. Drink this at least 3 times per day.
Lemon is a citric fruit. It contains vitamin C which helps to boost immunity and lowers the levels of histamine, the chemical in your body that contributes to the stuffed nose and runny eyes.
Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice in a cup of warm water. Add honey if you want. Drink this 3 times per day, after meals.
Do you know that lemon leaves have medicinal values too?
Before going into bed, boil a handful of lemon leaves and inhale the steam for a few minutes. Be careful not to burn your face. The steam clears your stuffy nose and phlegm. The sedative property of lemon leaves helps you to sleep well at night.
Turmeric is one of my favourite herbs. It is considered as the golden herb and is one of the best immune-boosting herbs and also known to treat sore throat, cold and even persistent coughs.
Here's how you can make turmeric milk which is a very popular cold remedy.
You can either use fresh turmeric root or turmeric powder, which is easier to find.
In a pot, heat 250ml of milk. Preferably, almond milk, which also helps to fight against infections. Add a 1tsp of turmeric powder and bring it to boil. Drink this before bed.
Garlic is one of the herbs you can find in almost all households. It has amazing medicinal values. Raw garlic contains a compound called allicin which can fight against infections.
If you are brave enough, chew a clove of garlic once a day. You'll be amazed to see the effects of this pungent herb. Just chew it up quickly into small pieces and swallow it with water.
Colds and flu are miserable but normally go away on their own. Although, home remedies are your best choice, consult a doctor if you see severe symptoms.
Article by Health expert, Ayurvedic Physician, Dr Nethi Weerasinghe