First, the bad news: There’s no cure for the cold or flu, but antimicrobial and respiratory herbs will help the viruses clear up pretty quickly - within 3 to 5 days in most cases. They will also prevent complications like bronchitis, pneumonia or that lingering cough that most people get for 2 or 3 weeks after they get sick. The following suggestions, may help you get thru cold or flu faster or provide symptom relief.
Let it sit for 2 hours to 2 weeks (you may strain the ginger from honey but is not needed). This recipe is not only tasty, but more importantly, is good for your health. Take by the teaspoon or add to your tea when you have a cold or upset stomach.
This recipe is very simple and easy to make. Works well for treating coughs, colds, and chest conditions.
2 – 4 oz thyme leaf and flower
1 quart of water
1 cup of honey
Combine the thyme and water in a pan over very low heat. Simmer lightly, with the lid ajar to allow the steam to escape, until the liquid is reduced by half (makes about 2 cups of very strong thyme tea). Strain, add honey to warm the liquid and stir until the honey is melted and well-mixed with the tea. Store in glass jar in the refrigerator, it will keep for 3 to 4 weeks. Take ½ to 1 teaspoon every couple of hours until the cold or cough subsides.
A Holistic Approach to Staying Healthy During the Cold & Flu Season
Drinking of Damiana tea or cordial easily replaces alcohol for social occasions and many have reported that they desire less alcohol after drinking Damiana.
Ancient Aztecs used the leaves as a powerful sexual tonic and stimulant. It is also used as a nerve tonic and is slightly warming and stimulating, but not like caffeine. In fact, it has a relaxing effect not-unlike low doses of cannabis. Some people enjoy smoking two pinches of Damiana with a pinch of peppermint, blue lotus, rose petals or passion flower. It is also an anti-depressant and urinary antiseptic.
Important: Damiana is uncontrolled in the United States. This means all parts of the plant and its extracts are legal to cultivate, buy, possess, and distribute (sell, trade or give) without a license or prescription. However, the state of Lousiana considers Damiana not legal for human consumption. The law states: Effective Aug 8, 2005 (signed into law Jun 28, 2005) Louisiana Act No 159 makes 40 plants illegal, including Damiana (Turnera diffusa), when intended for human consumption. The law specifically excludes the "possession, planting, cultivation, growing, or harvesting" of these plants if used "strictly for aesthetic, landscaping, or decorative purposes." (Act No. 565; House Bill No. 173, 2010. (last updated Sep 29 2011). DAMIANA IS LEGAL IN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE U.S. FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
Although the market for supplements is huge, not all of the choices in that market are healthy! “Garbage in garbage out,” as George Fuechsel said. Most health and fitness experts agree. The type of supplement that you take is very important - simply grabbing random over the counter supplements will not give you much for your money.
Turmeric is a common ingredient in many South Asian and Indian dishes but it also provides many unexpected health benefits. Turmeric is what gives mustard its bright yellow color. It has a warm, peppery and bitter flavor. It smells a bit like orange and ginger. The main compound in turmeric, curcumin, gives the spice its potential to provide health benefits.
Toni is a Holist Health Practitioner (HHP) & Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology from SDUIS, an Herbalist Certificate from Self-Heal School and a HHP certificate from the School of Healing Arts in San Diego. In private practice as a HHP for over 10 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.