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Posted by on Aug 27, 2009 in Uncategorized |

the season

This time last year, I came down with an awful cold that lasted at least 6 weeks.  I awoke this morning to a sore throat.  NOT A GOOD SIGN of what is to come. 

There are many herbs that are good for cold and flu season. 

Eleuthero Root is an adaptogen that has been used for many years in Russia to shorten the length of a cold and/or to prevent it.  This root has no flavor, so I add it to all of my teas during the winter to help me ward off colds. 

Elderberry is FANTASTIC for the cure of the flu.

Echinacea is good for kicking up the immune system to fight the cold and flu.

Garlic consumed raw is an anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal.  Swollow it quickly after removing the skin as the volitile oils in it are killed off by heat, oxygen and light.

Some homemade chicken broth.  Get a local, free range chicken and boil the bones and all.  The bones is where all of the “good stuff” that makes you feel better comes from.  Boil that down then add some carrots, celery, thyme, onions and the meat off of the bones.  Bring to a simmer again for another 20 mins or so, until the carrots are soft.  The last 5 minutes add some thick cut noodles.  Serve with a bit of freshly minced garlic on top for additional healing properties.   

Good old organic lemons squeezed and left in your water is one of the BEST sources of vitamin C around.  If it is organic leave the peel on too.  The acid also helps clear mucous and helps digest food. 

Tea is some of the best stuff around for helping one to feel better.  Try Tupelo Honey Tea’s Lemon Mint.  With some local honey and a squeeze of organic lemon, your throat will never feel better (well maybe it will after you get better, but it helps you to feel better!) 

These are just a few tried and true home remedies.  Try them and let us know how they worked for you!

The Tea Lady