Dealing with a stuffy head and nose during the flu season is no fun. If you take any over-the-counter medication and you may feel sleepy all day. This is not a good thing when having to work an 8 hour day.
There are a few herbs that can be brewed into a tea, with little or no side effects. Now there is no guarantee that the herb will totally do away with the cold symptoms, but they can help you to cope and get through the day.
A few of the herbs are:
- Plantain (also known as The Herbal Star)
These are but a few that can aid in the cold and flu symptoms.
Echinacea have been known to build up immunity. This is good to use at the outset of a cold or flu, and making this into a tea using warm water is the best way to release its healing properties. If you are drinking it as a tea or taking it in pill form do not use for more than a month. The best way is month on, than a month off the Echinacea.
Elder is great for upper respiratory conditions. This herb helps to clear the respiratory tract and helps to remove mucous from the lungs. It has also been known to minimize allergic reactions. You can use it as a hot tea helps to move phlegm out of the lungs. Make a tea using elder, raspberries and lemon to ease the cold symptoms.
Peppermint can help to clear the nasal passages by using it with boiling water, then inhaling the steam. This helps to clear the nose and chest of congestion. Many use it as a tea also, I have done this many time and it have effectively given me immediate relief of nasal congestion.
Goldenseal can be effective with your mucous membranes. It has been known to reduce inflammation, clearing phlegm from head to toe. The added benefit is its antiviral and antibacterial action. If your cold seems to be brutal goldenseal can dry out the phlegm quickly, slow down bacteria growth and give a calm feeling as you sip.
Plantain is one of its names. It is also known as the Herbal Star, and Buck Horn. This herb is great if your cold came on like gangbusters, making you feel like you are drowning in water. It is fast acting, drying your mucous membranes out fast. Continue with the Plantain until the congestion has cleared. The tea made from this herb can have a deep green vegetable taste. The effects can be soothing and cooling.
These are but a few of the herbs that can be effective in helping you to cope with a nasty cold and flu. Many of these can be found in the tea section of most food stores under medicinal teas. Or if you have access to an herbal store and can purchase these separately you can make simple decoction.
Simply bring your water to a boil and pour it over the herbs and let them steep, just like you do with regular tea leaves.
If taking any prescription drugs please consult your Primary Care Physician before take any of the herb, since they may cause a drug related reaction.
Use with care and enjoy.