Fight that flu with Herbs?

It’s that time of year again, the holidays have wrapped up and the weather is changing. It is cold outside and people are getting sick. When you get sick you feel hopeless, but you aren’t, by using household herbs you can give your immune system the boast it needs. Herbs such as sage, rosemary and thyme can help you stay healthy and get you better if you do end up getting sick. Forget about those over the counter drugstore drugs that make you feel drowsy and out of it and look out into your own garden for the relief that you need. Sage, rosemary and thyme are more than just the hit album by Simon and Garfunkel; these three herbs can help you stay healthy when everyone around you is getting sick.   Sage Sage is a great home remedy to get rid of a painful sore throat. In a 2006 clinical study the researchers sprayed a sage solution into the sore throats of patients and checked their pain levels every 15 minutes for 2 hours after the first application. Results showed that the patients found significant pain relief without any side effects. Home Remedy: Try making a sage tea with honey or agave and lemon.   Rosemary Rosemary is a great culinary herb but you may not know rosemary also increases your immunity levels and fight pneumonia. Studies have shown rosemary to be rich in antioxidants, which play an important role in neutralizing harmful particles called free radicals. Home Remedy: Put a sprig or two of rosemary in your oil olive and cook with it or dip veggies in it.   Thyme Thyme stimulates the immune system, works as an antiseptic and helps clear mucus from the respiratory tract. Thyme is a great cure for bronchitis, laryngitis, sore throat and whooping cough. Thyme is also excellent source of vitamin A, C, iron, manganese, cooper and dietary fiber. Home Remedy: Boil or simmer your thyme for 10 to 20 minutes, allowing the thyme to release the medicinal phytochemicals, feel free to add cardamom, cinnamon or peppermint to this tea concoction. Drink and feel relieve from your cold systems. Using these herbs when you get sick will help get you better. Herbs from your garden can do so much more than just make food taste better. Next time you feel a cold coming on start making the home remedies listed above and get the relieve you truly deserve.

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