Herbs for Cold and Flu Season (Part 1)

It’s that time again, loves. Lots of autumn sickies going around as the season shifts, the temperatures drop,& we spend more time indoors. Many more people are coming in for the common cold. So, I wanted to round up my favorite immune-boosting, cold-busting herbs to help you fight your way through the season.This is only part 1 because there are so many wonderful herbs for cold & flu season, which will be covered in subsequent posts.

🌱Ginger: Honestly, is there anything ginger ISN’T good for? Such an amazing gift of nature.I’m a big fan of fresh ginger for cold/flu season, but dried ginger is fine too.Really powerful antimicrobial that gives those cold bugs a good fight.Love ginger in a tea or syrup.
🌱Echinacea: The cold herb that we all know and love.Great for boosting our body’s immunity, moving lymph, & fighting bacterial & viral infections.Love it in a tincture or syrup!
🌱Garlic: Another herbal powerhouse with so much healing to offer.Although garlic is aggressively..uh..fragrant, it is worth the smell.It does not play games as an anti-microbial (bacteria,viruses,&fungal).Garlic is an expectorant, so it EXPELS bugs, fluids, etc. I like to make a fire cider,which features garlic as a star ingredient (more on that in another post!).Most of all,I like to cook with extra garlic during this season.If I’m feeling particularly bold,I like to chew on some fresh garlic.
🌱Peppermint: Love peppermint as a decongestant, so it’s great for when you’re feeling stuffy & clogged up.Peppermint is great at promoting release through sweating, which is helpful for fevers.Lastly, peppermint is great at decreasing coughs.I’ll take peppermint as a tea! *Peppermint is a kid favorite!
🌱Lemon balm: I love lemon balm so much, not only because it is extremely calming as a nervine & tummy-relieving as a carminative, but because it is also a rockstar anti-viral.This is a great cold and flu herb to take at night because it’ll calm you right down while fighting those bugs. I love lemon balm in tea & in glycerites. *Lemon balm is a kid favorite!
Wash your hands.Bundle up.Take some herbs.Trust your body. 🌱
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In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!