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Pantry remedies for colds & flu

Common Pantry Herbs and Spices that Heal
From left to right: Mint, sage, thyme, bay, oregano; in front are garlic (it’s sprouting!) and ginger.
OK so here we are with wind chill factors of 20 below and more, and cold and flu season is just about to begin. There are herbs and spices that you use every day in cooking that can help fight these ailments.
Ginger plant
Ginger plant
Healing Ginger Tea
Healing Ginger Tea

Here’s a few I use on a regular basis.

Garlic – natural antibiotic properties
Bay – helps reduce sweating and regulates blood sugar
Cayenne pepper – good for congestion
Rosemary – antiseptic, calms nerves  and gives a boost of calcium
and helps clear a foggy mind
Thyme – Helps relieve sinus congestion and drippage
Sage –  Soothes the throat
Mint – digestion and helps clear mind
Ginger – Good for respiratory ailments, calms tummy

 

Also, raw honey will soothe the throat and contains minerals and good enzymes. It’s also a wonderful energy giving sweetener as it’s already been digested by the bees.I make elderberry syrup, as well, and put some in my morning herbal mint tea to keep me in good health.
The ginger tea is easy: add a tablespoon fresh ginger, peel and all to a cup or so of boiling water. Let steep and flavor with lemon (vitamin C), honey and cayenne.  Drink up!

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