Spice & Herb Medicine Cabinet For Cold/Flu Season

herbs and spicesIt’s that time of the year again…cold and flu season. The weather gets cooler and the sniffles begin. Ugh! Who has time for that? I quickly realized I needed to put together my own medicinal cabinet and concoctions.

When I think of the spices and herbs I keep in my home to build my immune system, stop the sniffles and soothe my throat, this is my list:

Ginger (fresh) (zingiber officinale) : It is spicy and warming. It is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and a great antioxidant. It is also used for nausea and indigestion. For fresh ginger tea, cut 2-6 slices of the fresh ginger root and simmer in the pot. Try not to boil the ginger, just simmer to get it hot enough for tea. Sweeten with honey and add lemon. This is best used at the first sign of chills or the sniffles.

Garlic (fresh) (alium sativum): It is spicy and hot. It is a great antibiotic for staph and strep bacteria. It is also anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It is great for killing many infections. If I’m going to be home alone I may slice a clove of garlic and put it in my veggie wraps. It’s so good. To make sure it can fight what ails you, use this only when sick and not every day, unless you are having an intestinal fungal challenge.

Lemon (citrus limon) : It’s good and sour. It is a powerful anti-oxidant and a great source of vitamin C. It’s great in water and in tea. I also use this on my wraps, my salads, and my dressings. I also squeeze a little on my plate right before I eat. Lemon gives everything a nice fresh taste.

Honey (Raw): It is both anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. It’s best to get this from your local farmer or the farmer’s market. Local honey helps your body build up a tolerance to the local pollen. This is a great allergy combatant.