🌿 6 MUST HAVE HERBS FOR COLD AND FLU SEASON 🌿
As many animals around us begin to collect and store food in preparation for the colder months, it’s time for us, too, to stock up on herbs! These 6 essential herbs are our favorites for supporting the body during cold and flu season. By strengthening the immune system, easing common symptoms, and assisting in recovery after an infection, each of these herbs has something unique to offer us. 🌱
Peppermint is a traditional herb used for fevers, colds, and flus due to its antimicrobial, diaphoretic, and analgesic actions. It’s also an anticongestant and antitussive (cough relieving). Inhalation of the volatile oils, including menthol, in peppermint oil or tea helps ease nasal congestion in the most pleasant, aromatic way. ✨
Thyme has long been favored by herbalists as a go-to herb for breathing difficulties and for any kind of imbalance that encroaches upon the respiratory system. Thyme acts as a bronchodilator and as an anti-inflammatory agent and is used to address asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, pneumonia, and the common cold. It is often used as a tea, a gargle, or with honey to expel mucus. Choose thyme for mucusy respiratory conditions with productive coughs (rather than dry coughs), as it is drying. 🕊️ ECHINACEA
Echinacea is primarily an immune stimulant and can have some effect on allergies and autoimmune conditions. Echinacea is best used at the onset of infections and is specifically helpful for upper respiratory infections with swollen glands. Echinacea is an at-risk plant in the wild, so be sure to purchase organically cultivated echinacea or grow your own. 🌸
For full details on all 6 of these herbs, download our Cold and Flu Ebook through the link in our bio! ☕ .
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