Herbs that can be used for Cold & Flu

What is cold & flu?

Although cold & flu are different ailments, they both affect the respiratory system due to viruses. They both are contagious and share some common symptoms. The cold usually tends to be milder and wraps up within 10 days. However, the flu takes around two weeks to recover and poses some severe complications that can turn into sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections. 

Symptoms of Cold & flu?

The symptoms of cold & flu have four very similar symptoms: cough, runny nose, headache and sore throat.   Hence why the term cold and flu have become so synonymous.  However, there are distinct symptoms that are specific to each condition.

Cold Specific Symptoms

  • Congestion
  • Tiredness
  • Itchy & watery eyes

Flu specific symptoms

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches

3 Herbs Recommended for Cold & Flu

Elderberry

Elderberry

Elderberries have a rich history and scientifically proven studies that claim it as a potent immuno-modulating, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral agent. All these attributes contribute magnificently in preventing and shortening the period of cold and flu. Take 1-2 tablespoons for prevention and 2-4 tablespoons of Elderberry Syrup when feeling run down up to 3 times a day. You can also take Elderflower Tincture up to 3 times a day in water or tea.

Echinacea

Echinacea

Echinacea is deemed as a spiritually calming herb that is portrayed as an immunomodulant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and analgesic entity. It does not just shorten the duration of a cold by giving strength to the body’s immune system but also decreases the chances of catching one. Use Echinacea Tincture up to 3 times a day in water or tea to get relief from cold and flu.

Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint contains menthol that helps relieve chest congestion, reduces fever, soothes a sore throat, and quietens the cough. It also serves as a curative therapy for headaches, clogged sinuses, and shrinks the inflamed nasal linings. Take half to a full dropper of Peppermint Tincture up to 3 times a day in water or tea for better respiratory health.

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