Antimicrobial foods are an effective way of providing what your body needs to fight or prevent infection. Foods have been used for thousands of years to heal people and what worked then still works today. Therefore, this cold/flu season incorporate as much anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immune boosting foods in your diet as possible, such as garlic, onions, honey, bell peppers, cabbage, raw apple cider vinegar, turmeric, coconut oil, home-made soups and chai tea. Additionally, add fall and winter spices to your foods, like cinnamon, ginger, oregano, thyme, clove, and nutmeg. And always remember to “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.”
other hand, immune stimulants boost the activity of the immune system but are not known to normalize excessive immune response. Consequently, immune stimulants are not recommended for people that have autoimmune disorders. Instead, people with autoimmune disorders may use immune modulating herbs to support them thru this cold/flu season. Some of the best-researched immune herbs that are your best bet to help prevent or shorten the duration of a cold or flu are Astragalus, Black elderberry, Echinacea, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), Panax ginseng, Green tea, Rosehips, Shiitake and Reishi mushrooms.
follow a healthy lifestyle, you might not need to take an herbal supplement to prevent colds and cases of flu. It will be good enough to take the supplement in times when there is a change in your lifestyle that might weaken your immune system, such as stress, anxiety, or a bad diet. At the first sign of a cold/flu take an immune formula, as it will reduce its duration.
The coming cold and flu season is only one of the many reasons that immune function should always be at the top of your list of health priorities. The immune system doesn’t just keep colds and flus away — it is also the body’s best defense against any disease. Normal functioning of the immune system is critical to our health and resistance to infection. A healthy body will have innate resistance to many bacteria and viruses – such as the cold and flu viruses; and if infection occurs, symptoms will be mild, and can be fought off successfully in a short period of time. Your daily habits – including the foods you eat, exercise, sleep routines, environmental toxins, and emotional stress, have a significant effect on your immune function and can conspire to weaken immunity. Additionally, immune support herbs – such as echinacea and astragalus – act to stimulate or modulate the immune system.
To make the herb-infused oil:
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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
Toni is a Holist Health Practitioner (HHP) & Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, an Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 13 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.