Spice & Herb Medicine Cabinet For Cold/Flu Season
Elderberry (dried) (sambucus nigra): This is my favorite cure-all. The berries are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial and pack a powerful antioxidant punch. It can also be used as a preventative measure. Homemade elderberry syrup is the best thing to have on hand. It has also been proven to protect you during air travel. I have my 3oz bottle of elderberry syrup in my bag when I get on a plane.
Oregano (fresh) (organum vulgare): Fresh oregano is divine and very strong. It is anti-bacterial and an antioxidant. It has one of the highest antioxidant ratings. You can add dried oregano to a tea, but I like to use this on my salads with basil, sage, arugula, dandelion, garlic and lemon juice. That salad is an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant punch! It always makes me feel better and breathe easier.
Basil (fresh) (ocimum basilicum): I love this herb. It is anti-bacterial and an antioxidant. It is high in vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and iron. I put it in all my salads and make a wonderful no oil, dairy-free basil pesto.
Astralagus (dried root) (astragalus propinquus): This is a powerhouse Chinese herb known for fortifying the immune system. It is an adaptogen, meaning it can be taken every day to protect the body against daily stress (mental/physical/emotional). It has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. When I make homemade veggie broth I throw in a couple of astragalus strips to make it an immune-building veggie broth. It’s so good.
These are my favorites, but there are so many anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial fresh herbs that you can eat daily and especially at the onset of any cold or flu.
Following are more tips on how to use these herbs and spices.