My favourite go-to naturopathic remedies for winter colds19th June 2018
With winter weather well and truly upon us, there’s a risk of catching a cold. There is probably at least one person in your office at this moment coughing relentlessly or school pick up has become a game of ‘dodge the sick kid and the germ buddies’. Whatever the situation you’re in, you can apply some very simple food, health and lifestyle measures that will strengthen your immune system and stop a cold in its tracks.
1 Fresh thyme leaf. With antiseptic properties, thyme helps suppress the cough reflex especially for dry and tickle coughs, acts as a relaxing expectorant (facilitates the removal of excess mucous), used in bronchitis, asthma and tonsillitis as a gargle. Make a tea with fresh thyme – steep 1 tablespoon in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes, add a spoonful of Manuka honey (10+UMF), a grating of fresh ginger root and a squeeze of lemon juice and some lemon zest (the lemon must be organic if using the zest). Also good for the digestive and urinary systems, being astringent, antimicrobial, antiseptic, carminative (relieve colic and wind) and anthelmintic (used to expel worms).
2. Warming spices such as cumin seed, cayenne, mustard seed and fenugreek added to food. Ignite your digestive fire and warm yourself to the bones. Check out my recipes here
3. Rise & Shine Tea to sip on. Our most popular tea at Ovvio, a lemon and ginger tea sweetened naturally with licorice root.
- Ginger root – Known for its use in nausea and vomiting associated with travel sickness, this warming herb is used in cooking all over the world. Ginger is a carminative, anti-inflammatory , analgesic (reduces pain), diaphoretic (promotes sweating during a fever), expectorant, and a metabolic stimulant. Indicated for intestinal colic, nausea, motion sickness, fever, arthritis, endometriosis and migraine headaches.
- Lemon myrtle leaf – An antiseptic, anti-viral and calmative. Indicated for the common cold, influenza, bronchitis, indigestion and other irritable gut disorders.
- Lemongrass – An anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, relaxant, diaphoretic and antioxidant. Indicated for respiratory conditions and gastrointestinal infections. Calming to the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
- Licorice root – A great adaptogen and adrenal restorative, it is an anti-inflammatory, a urinary antiseptic, antispasmodic, helps soothe coughs, prevents the formation of ulcers in the GIT, antiviral, demulcent, expectorant and laxative. This herb is also good for sugar cravings and helps regulate blood sugar levels.
4. Face the sun. If it’s a sunny, wintery day, soak up some sunlight to brighten your mood and gain extra vitamin D.
5. Eucalyptus oil. Buy the best organic kind you can find. Rub directly on sore, achy limbs, (as long as skin is unbroken), sprinkle on a hankie and sniff, add to a steam inhaler or oil burner and breathe in to clear any congestion and support immune health.
6. Sip on broth. Traditionally used by every culture to heal, restore and repair. The goodness comes from the gelatin, minerals, cartilage and marrow. Join me at my up coming Cooking Class – Therapeutic Winter Broths & Soups. When: Saturday 28 July 11:30am- 2:30pm. Address: Vive Cooking School, Shop 18, 61-71 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery, Nsw, 2018. Find out more here