The Cold and Flu season is almost upon us and now is the time to start thinking more seriously about how we are going to make it through the season without being afflicted by some nasty pandemic seeking out new hosts to take over. Later in this blog we’ve created a list of some of the beneficial herbs and teas for dealing with prevention and symptoms.

Currently, it seems the most common approaches to dealing with colds and flues is to take the vaccination route, which seems to be shrouded in controversy of late with suggestions that vaccinations cause more problems than they solve, while others simply take the view stating ” I don’t get sick and don’t believe in getting an injection that puts the germs into my body that I am trying to avoid in the first place”, so they run the gauntlet with no protection at all, hoping they will make it through the season unscathed. A somewhat risky approach, which if unsuccessful generally ends up in a doctors surgery seeking a prescription for antibiotics, which he doctor will usually decline to provide since flues are generally viral, not bacterial.

Then there is the growing group of people who turn to alternative, more natural ways of dealing with the problem. These more natural ways tend to be through a healthy diet by consuming foods that have beneficial vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system, or through daily juicing regimes, or through natural herbs and tinctures from local herbalists or health food shops. Whichever option is chosen each method has its place in the community and each group of people has their own firm beliefs on how to best approach cold and flu prevention or the symptoms once they take hold.

If you are looking at the herbal route, then there are quite a number of beneficial herbs and herbal teas, which are easily accessible either online or locally sourced. It’s a good idea to have these herbs on hand in your cupboard for prevention or for when symptoms strike. Taking the herbal option can sometimes be a little confusing as well; we understand that. Which herbs work best? Where do I find the information on each herb and what are their benefits? Seems a little difficult, right? Well, yes it does at first. So, let’s see if we can make things a little simpler, or at least a little less daunting.

We’ve created a bit of a list, which is not the be all and end all, but will hopefully give you a place to start as you begin to explore the herbal world. Each herb shown below is clickable so you can read more about each one and its full benefits. OK, here we go!

Catnip – for upper respiratory problems, headaches and fever

Calendula – for sore throats

Celandine – for coughs

Chamomile – nausea, calming upset stomachs, anti-inflammatory

Coltsfoot – expectorant and cough suppressant

Comfrey – bronchitis and irritable coughs

Echinacea – immune booster, anti-infective, anti-bacterial and anti-viral

Fenugreek – soothes sore throats

Ginger Root – calms upset stomachs, reduces fever and pain

Immune Booster Herbal Tea – a mixture of herbs for prevention purposes

Kids Calming Tea – child friendly, calming and nurturing, soothes upset tummy’s and aids sleep

Lavender – antispasmodic, pacifying, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory

Lemongrass -headaches, joint and muscle pain 

Licorice Root – colds and flues, coughs, sore throats, headaches, congestion, clears mucus

Marshmallow Leaf – expectorant, soothing, calming, coughs, mild sedative, gentle for children

Mullein Leaf – soothing inflamed mucus membranes, irritating coughs, suitable for children, sore throats, gentle sedative

Sage – antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, laryngitis, tonsilitis, makes for a good gargle mouth wash

Spearmint – boosts respiratory health, strengthens the immune system