8 Helpful Herbs for Beating the Winter Bugs, Coughs & Sniffles!
As the sun looses it’s strength during winter and the sunlight hours reduce, we can ﬁnd ourselves more vulnerable to feelings of exhaustion and lack of motivation due to an overall lack of nutrients. With winter firmly entrenched, not only do you feel the chill in the air with the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, your immune system will work harder to protect you from the many bacteria and viruses that contribute towards the common colds and ﬂu.
Over 200 different types of virus can cause the common cold, while the ﬂu is caused by one speciﬁc family of viruses, but there is information most people do not know, that can protect you from their deadly attack. If have a strong, healthy immune system, you might still get the flu, but it will last for days to a week, not three months.
Health professions report that thousands of people die every year from the flu and while vaccinations are considered by many to be your best protection, many of those who die have had the recommended vaccination . . . so what’s the go?
Most people don’t think much about the ‘why’ of eating beyond the need to respond to hunger. Food provides the energy sources and raw materials for the body to create, repair and maintain itself. Often referred to as the ‘building blocks of life’, at the base level many types of cells (the human body contains well over 200 different types!) make up our tissues (of which there are four basic types – connective, muscle, nervous and epithelial), when those tissues join together in a structure to serve a common function they make our organs (such as lungs, heart, liver etc). Or to put it simply, cells make tissue and tissue makes organs. But how do they protect us?
How Do You Feed Your Cells?
As with all cells, without adequate nutrition the cells within the immune system are deprived of the nutrients to keep them functioning optimally. There are many different reasons as to why our cells don’t get the nutrients they need: the foods we eat may lack the nutrients we require, our ability to absorb nutrients may be affected by a number of factors including gut dysfunction or some medications, even the storage and cooking of our foods can decrease the nutrient value.
Vitamins and minerals such as C, E, zinc, betacarotene, B6, B12, riboﬂavin, iron, selenium, copper and folic acid have all been found to have a vital role in immune performance. If all these substances are not being obtained through dietary means, supplementation may be the answer to keeping those colds and flue at bay. One place we can all focus our energies is on the special requirements we have when it comes to nutrition over these shorter days and colder months.
Over four hundred years ago Nicholas Culpeper, (18 October 1616 – 10 January 1654) an English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer spent the greater part of his life in the English outdoors cataloging hundreds of medicinal herbs. Culpeper attempted to make medical treatments more accessible to laypersons by educating them about maintaining their health, and the Savvy Team continue his basic philosophy of health education today. His published books include The English Physician (1652) and the Complete Herbal (1653), contain a rich store of pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge, but to save you the effort and expense of tracking them down, we’ve provided you simple solutions to keep you and your family well this winter.
Taking Preventative Measures
It’s that time of the year again when drug companies, doctors, government officials and media conduct a national advertising campaign to sell flu shots to the public. It doesn’t matter if 80 percent of all flu-like illness is really caused by other viruses and bacteria and not influenza, or that flu vaccine efficacy is estimated at 60 percent or less depending upon age and what kind of vaccine is given. Mercola says it’s hype and that the USA “estimate” that 36,000 people die is more likely to be 2000, but it is certainly paying big dividends for liability free drug companies and liability free doctors selling flu shots to more than 300 million Americans.
Is it any different here in Australia? It’s reported that between 1000 and 3000 people die annually from complications from the flue. Don;t be one of them. Did you know that when you have a blood test to see if you have a virus, it shows an increase in white blood cell count? White blood cells play an important role in your body’s immune system, searching the blood for invading viruses, bacteria, and fungi. When a foreign virus or bacteria enters your blood, the white blood cell, or leukocyte, recognizes and destroys the invading particle before it can cause disease. There are several different types of white blood cells, each with their own function. Some directly destroy the foreign bacteria, while others attack cells that are infected by viruses. Other types of white blood cells can even play a role in allergic reactions!
It’s important to protect your body with high nutrient levels of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and minerals and the following herbs can provide additional protection when your white blood cell production goes up, when you have flu or experience a viral attack, or an increase in allergies, or even if you are prone to them. Taking simple precautions early is really a sensible solution to the winter attack, and means you will either avoid illness or lessen it’s severity. Following are some herbs that come in a combination that the Savvy Team use and recommend and they do just that . . . powerfully protect against attack!
8 Helpful Herbs for Beating the Winter Bugs, Coughs & Sniffles!
1. Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea an immune stimulant mostly for acute infections; herpes, boils and swollen lymph glands; a powerful botanical herb; relieves symptoms associated with colds, ﬂu and upper respiratory tract infections; supports immune response; helps maintain health and wellness.
2. Panax Ginseng
Panama Ginseng is commonly referred to as the ‘True Ginseng’ (being the most researched ‘Ginseng’ actually belonging to the plant family of ‘Ginseng’) and appears to be effective for mood, immunity, and cognition; (adrenal stimulant; to treat insomnia and fatigue
3. Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary is a mild analgesic and Rosmarinic acid, a natural polyphenolic antioxidant found in rosemary, has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant functions. Traditionally, rosemary has been used medicinally to improve memory, treat indigestion, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems.
4. Hyssopus officinalis
As a medicinal herb, hyssop has soothing, expectorant, and cough suppressant properties; antiseptic properties; stimulates the central nervous system
5. Thymus vulgaris
Thyme is an antiseptic, used with success for whooping cough, catarrh and sore throat, dyspepsia, asthma, laryngitis and tough phlegm
Just as a matter of interest, according to Culpepper, Thyme is: ‘a noble strengthener of the lungs, as notable a one as grows, nor is there a better remedy growing for hooping cough. It purgeth the body of phlegm and is an excellent remedy for shortness of breath. It is so harmless you need not fear the use of it. An ointment made of it takes away hot swellings and warts, helps the sciatica and dullness of sight and takes away any pains and hardness of the spleen: it is excellent for those that are troubled with the gout and the herb taken anyway inwardly is of great comfort to the stomach’
6. Chondrus crispus (Irish moss)
‘Irish Moss’ or North Atlantic seaweed has tremendous digestive healing, is effective in all illness recovery, is anti-inflammatory and great for bronchitis, bronchial catarrh and cystitis.
7. Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn)
Hawthorn is a cardiac tonic and dilates coronary arteries, improves oxygenation and energy metabolism in the heart, and decreases lactic acid, relaxes heart muscle, insomnia
8. Verbascum thapsus (Mullein)
Mullein is effective in treating bronchitis, flu with respiratory catarrh, the common cold and inflamed throats, treating respiratory problems such as dry coughs and bronchitis, inflammatory symptoms, throat infections, tonsillitis, and infections of the stomach and intestines, stem infection, and soothe nerve pain, a valuable destroyer of disease germs, has antiseptic, anti-tumor, and immunosuppressant activity
The Savvy Team recommend a specific herbal formula which combines all of these fantastic herbs in one, and it has been used for many centuries to both protect and help with recovery in times of illness, chronic fatigue, bronchial issues, colds. flue, asthma and allergies just to name a few. So make sure you contact whoever sent you to this site, to find out more information.
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