Seasonal Support: Cold & Flu

One thing that we can count on every year is cold and flu season. This year has made even more clear the impact that viruses can have on us. It has also highlighted both the need for personal hygiene and the importance of supporting our immune system. Those things alone are still not often enough. Lucky for us, nature has a lot of options to help prevent illness by supporting our immune system, kill viruses before they can negatively impact us, and manage symptoms if we become ill.

A short list of things to have on hand includes:

  • Clove Eugenia caryophyllata
  • Garlic Allium sativum
  • Ginger Zingiber officinale
  • Honey
  • Horseradish Armoracia rusticana
  • Lavender Lavendula officinalis
  • Onion Allium cepa
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Sage Salvia officinalis
  • Thyme Thymus Vulgaris

All of these items are usually available at your local co-op, farmers’ market or grocers. I suggest finding organic or growing your own pesticide free. My bulk herbs and spices come from Mountain Rose Herbs, but if you only need a small amount it makes sense to buy organic off the shelf.

Kill the Virus

Antibiotics are effective against bacterial infections and you should always see your physician when you are ill. The medical community says that antibacterials are ineffective against viruses.

Herbal antiviral, antiseptics and antibacterials can help you before you get ill. Garlic and onion are strong antivirals and antiseptics. Use them liberally! They say it will also help keep vampires away.

Lavender

Sage, thyme and ginger have antibacterial properties, the latter two are also antiviral. They can be used in cooking or infused into teas, oils, or vinegars.

Lavender is antiseptic and, in some cases, may also relieve pain.

Cough and Congestion

Multi-purpose ginger is an expectorant and a decongestant, as are horseradish and garlic. Research has shown that honey is a more effective cough suppressant than a popular over the counter remedy. I like to keep a jar of honey and garlic cloves in the refrigerator to add to my tea, or eat by the spoon.

Delicate Digestion

Most of us have experienced stomach upset and know that it is no fun. Ginger soothes the digestive tract and reduces nausea. Crystalized ginger is a popular way of enticing youngsters to try some.

Clove is warming and stimulating. It supports the digestive tract.

Sage leaves

If a sore throat is preventing you from eating, sage tea is a throat soother. The tea can also be used to make popsicles. Sweeten them with some honey and you have a winner!

Make You Sweat

Need to sweat it out? Sage can help with that. Sage can also help bring balance if you are struggling with chills or night sweats.

Make These Early and Use Them Often

Two recipes that can help prevent, and even treat, colds and flu among other viruses, are Fire Cider and Four Thieves Vinegar.

There was a great deal of controversy recently regarding Fire Cider, which was made mainstream by Rosemary Gladstar. It ended up in a court case and lucky for any of us interested in herbalism, we can still use the name and make at will. Her full recipe can be found in Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginners Guide, (This is not an affiliate link and I encourage you to support your local bookstore.), and you can watch her make it here.

Fire Cider traditionally consists of finely chopped onion, garlic, ginger root, horseradish root, and hot peppers infused into apple cider vinegar over a period of weeks. We leave out the hot peppers as nightshades are not typically included in our diets. Once it is strained, honey is added to taste.

Fire Cider Ingredients

I use two onions, a full bulb of garlic, 1/2 cup of ginger root and 1/2 cup of horseradish. They get processed in the food processor and placed in sterilized jars. One quart of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that has been warmed is then added. The jar is sealed, labeled, and set to the side for four weeks. It is then strained, local honey is added, and the jar goes in the refrigerator to be used as needed.

Four Thieves Vinegar is my favorite of the two. I use dried herbs because it reduces the chance of mold. I use one bulb of garlic, 1/4 cup dried lavender blossoms, 1/4 cup dried rosemary leaves, 1/4 cup dried sage leaves, 1/4 cup dried thyme leaves and a dash of clove. The process is the same, the herbs are placed in a sterilized jar and covered with warmed, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. It is capped and set aside for four weeks. It is refrigerated after straining and I use it in salad dressings.

Take good care of yourself and I will see you soon!

21 Comments Add yours

  1. I don抰 even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  2. KAYSWELL says:

    Admiring the persistence you put into your site and detailed information you offer. It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed information. Excellent read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    1. Judy Deal says:

      Thank you for the kind words! I hope that you continue to find my posts useful.

  3. Hairstyles says:

    Good post. I be taught something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It’ll always be stimulating to learn content material from different writers and practice a bit something from their store. I抎 favor to make use of some with the content on my blog whether you don抰 mind. Natually I抣l offer you a link in your net blog. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have witnessed that wise real estate agents everywhere you go are starting to warm up to FSBO Advertising. They are realizing that it’s more than just placing a sign in the front place. It’s really concerning building interactions with these suppliers who someday will become customers. So, whenever you give your time and energy to serving these suppliers go it alone — the “Law regarding Reciprocity” kicks in. Good blog post.

  5. KAYSWELL says:

    You are a very intelligent person!

  6. Hairstyles says:

    You can definitely see your expertise in the paintings you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  7. Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding blog and terrific design and style.

  8. hi!,I love your writing so a lot! share we be in contact extra approximately your post on AOL? I need an expert in this area to solve my problem. May be that is you! Having a look ahead to see you.

  9. KAYSWELL says:

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..extra wait .. ?

  10. With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any techniques to help stop content from being stolen? I’d truly appreciate it.

  11. I抦 not sure where you’re getting your information, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this info for my mission.

  12. KAYSWELL says:

    I抦 impressed, I need to say. Actually not often do I encounter a weblog that抯 each educative and entertaining, and let me inform you, you have got hit the nail on the head. Your concept is excellent; the issue is something that not sufficient persons are speaking intelligently about. I’m very completely satisfied that I stumbled across this in my search for one thing regarding this.

  13. Hey! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the outstanding work!

  14. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way, how could we communicate?

  15. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  16. I am no longer sure the place you are getting your information, but great topic. I must spend some time finding out more or figuring out more. Thanks for excellent information I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

  17. Beauty Tips says:

    You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  18. Beauty Tips says:

    I used to be recommended this website through my cousin. I am no longer sure whether this put up is written via him as nobody else know such particular approximately my difficulty. You are incredible! Thank you!

  19. Hi there, I found your site via Google while searching for a related topic, your web site came up, it looks good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  20. Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any approach you can take away me from that service? Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *