Diet, rest, hydration are just the start of preventing colds, coughs, and the flu. But what happens when you catch that virus going around? Natural herbal medicines are a great way to try and help those symptoms out at home when they are in their earliest stages.
In last week's post (Tools for Preventing Coughs, Colds, and Flu Part I), we chatted about the Coronavirus along with ways to prevent getting viruses, including the common cold and flu. This week it is time to dive deep into the types of herbs that one might find helpful in preventing coughs, colds, and flu along with those that are helpful after catching them.
Before we start:
This herbal information is just that, information. This blog post and I DO NOT INTEND to treat, cure, or diagnose any disease or illness. This is for informational, educational and entertainment purposes only. Please consult a physician before using herbs medicinally.
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In the first post, it is essential that our foundation is set, because as I mentioned in that post, without foundation, your chances of preventing the colds and flu are not as high. We need our body to have ALL of the things it needs for the herbs to work correctly.
The #1 Thing
That leads me to the #1 thing people get wrong about herbs. I talk about this in our free medicinal teas workshop as well as our course Medicinal Teas in Small Spaces. It is REALLY important to understand if you want common herbs to work as powerful medicines.
AAn herb can be an herb. OR it can be powerful medicine.
In the States and the Western side of the world, we tend to have the mentality that we can use herbs just like we use a pharmaceutical drug. We pop the herbal capsule, and it will magically do everything that it says it will do.
It doesn't work that way.
You see, most of us use herbs every day. Am I right? Name some: cinnamon on your oatmeal, coffee steeped in your coffee maker, rosemary on that pizza you had for lunch, or even the black pepper in your hamburger, and what about sage on that roasted chicken for dinner?
While those herbs in your food are helpful, they are still just common herbs.
To turn them into powerful medicines, they need to be used for the right ailment; they have to fit the right person, they have to be consumed in the proper amounts to make them medicinal and often enough to make them work.
After all, someone drinking a digestive tea blend because they have a cut on their finger isn't going to do them any kind, is it? They are using it for the wrong reason.
Grab all the details on how to turn common herbs into powerful medicines here. It's time to head on into those herbs for colds, flu, and coughs!
Building Up the Immune System
There are so many wonderful herbs that we can use to help prevent colds, coughs, and flu as well as help aide the symptoms if we happen to catch one or the other.
There is no substitute for a hospital or the doctor when it comes to urgent medical.
Too many people assume because an herb/spice is all-natural that it is also 100% safe. That's NOT true. Some herbs are poisonous and herbs that are not safe for certain people to use, such as if you are pregnant or nursing or on medications.
Please check with your doctor and DO YOUR research before you put any of these herbs to use medicinally. This information is for educational purposes only. I'm not treating or diagnosing you or your symptoms. These herbs are all generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for use, heading any contraindications or cautions.
Immuno-what? Immunomodulators are herbs that aide the normal functioning of the immune system and help keep it working. A prevalent one that you have probably heard of and maybe even used is Elderberry.
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.