3 Herbs That Are Going To Turn Your Cold Season Around

cinnamonWhether it’s the start of fall or the end of spring, everywhere in between boasts a not-so-friendly reality: it’s flu season time, folks! But don’t worry, because you don’t have to let a flu-causing bug put you down and out this flu season! On that note, you won’t even have to waste loads of money on over-the-counter medications (those same ones that give out scary side effects)!

The reason being is that you can go with a few reasonably-priced herbs recommended by Michael J. Balick, PhD, instead– herbs that promise to clear out your sinuses, relieve your sore throat, or just help you feel better. Before we continue, though, make sure to ask your primary doctor if you’re nursing or pregnant before diving into any of the awesome herbal remedies suggested.

Let’s take a look at some of the herbaceous warriors below:

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Did someone say meow? Believe it or not (and hopefully you do), this soothing mint relative isn’t only for your purring kitty. Since this herb helps to stimulate perspiration, it can also be used for treating fevers, Balick offers. It can be served in a salad or even as a tea.

Always Remember: Stay away from catnip if you’re pregnant.

Cinnamon

You gotta do more than bundle up your outsides when you’ve got a cold; warming up internally is what really counts. Cinnamon can help warm your body while clearing mucous congestion from your persistent colds, Balick says.

Always Remember: While it’s safe if it’s used as a spice in your cooking, don’t ingest cinnamon medicinally when you’re pregnant.

Cowslip (Primula veris)

It might be tough to think of peaceful country meadows as you’re wrapped up in bed fighting a killer cold– though the root of pretty yellow flowers such as these could make it easier. That’s because the roots carry triterpenoid saponins, which offer potent expectorant characteristics, Balick goes on. Try using cowslip to help loosen up your phlegm or persistent chest congestion. Put the roots in water (one cup of water for each ounce of root) inside a pot, before bringing it to a boil. Next, lower the temperature and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain it and drink up!

Always Remember: Don’t ingest cowslip if you’re pregnant or take aspirin or anticoagulant drugs, like warfarin.

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