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Herbs for cold and flu

10 Medicinal Herbs to Help You Through Cold and Flu Season

Hey, everyone! It’s October! (Whaaaat?!) I’m doing a talk today at Parallel Yoga in Abbotsford, on the topic of herbs and their associated health benefits. (Specifically, their benefits during cold and flu season.)

During this talk, I promised to share my presentation via my website, so here it is, in all its Power Point glory. (FYI–it’s been a few years since I’ve done one of these, so please be kind in your judgement against my obvious lack of creativity and originality.)

Everything in this presentation is referenced from my book The Good Living Guide to Medicinal Tea, which is in turn referenced in about 32 pages of scientific research. (YES–it took forever.) If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me and voice them.

I promise I’ll respond!

Cold and flu season sucks, so without further adieu…here you go:

Medicinal Herbs for Cold and Flu

Daikon Radish Soup for the Sick (recipe)

Daikon radishes

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’ve been incredibly busy lately, and feeling guilty about not blogging more, but nothing slows you down to a screech like a sick kid.

Ugh.

My poor daughter is six today, and home sick for the second day in a row. This is the problem with winter birthdays–the odds of being ill are pretty high compared to the rest of the year.

BUT it did inspire me to make homemade soup (usually a pretty good remedy), which is smelling fantastic. Want the recipe? Here you go:

Homemade Soup

Daikon Radish Soup de Jour

Ingredients:

1 tetra pack organic vegetable broth

1 yam, peeled and chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

1 white onion, chopped

1 daikon radish, chopped (about 2 cups worth)

6 carrots, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup uncooked sprouted brown rice

1 tbsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. chili flakes

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Combine everything into a crock pot or pot on the stove, and cook. Crock pot = 4-6 hours; stove top = 1 hour. Bon appetite! If you’re sick, then get well. If you’re not, then stay well! xo

Wellness Tea Recipe for Cold and Flu Season

Wellness Tea

It’s December, and that means we’re smack in the middle of a season known for fevers, runny noses, ear aches, and nausea. These annoying and sometimes awful ailments are easily spread because everyone huddles together inside, and there is less air circulation. Cold weather also can lower the immune system, making us more susceptible to bugs, and the increased consumption of holiday spirits definitely don’t help.

I started making a tea with only four ingredients to assist in immune function and lessen cold symptoms and duration. I’m calling it Yellow Wellness Tea, mostly because it’s fun to challenge my kids to say the name three times, fast.

(Spoiler alert: one out of three can do it.)

The ingredients to make this tea can all be found in a regular grocery store (usually), and if not, any decent health food store should definitely carry them.

Wellness Tea Spices

Here are the four items I use, and why they make an amazing preventative/symptom-reducing drink:

Turmeric

  • Tames heartburn and an upset stomach
  • Helps lessen joint pain
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves pain

Ginger

  • Relieves nausea
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic properties
  • Reduces vertigo
  • Helps with digestive upset

Lemongrass

  • Relieves pain
  • Helps with nausea
  • Calms a cough
  • Soothes muscles and joints
  • Prevents bacterial growth
  • Reduces fever
  • Loosens chest congestion

Lemon

  • Anti-bacterial and anti-viral
  • Relieves indigestion and constipation
  • Fever-reducing
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Relieves respiratory disorders and throat infections

So you can see how combining all of these incredibly helpful things together creates a concoction for wellness and health improvement, right?!

Herbal Tea

Recipe for one 16 ounce (I don’t fool around) cup of Yellow Wellness Tea:

Ingredients

¼ tsp. ground turmeric

Small thumb of ginger, peeled and minced finely

1 tbsp. dried lemongrass leaves, crushed

½ of a lemon, juice and zest

(1 tsp. honey *optional)

Method

Combine all ingredients and mix together well. Place in tea infuser, and set in large glass or mug. Fill that sucker with boiled water, and let steep for 3-5 minutes, depending how strong you like it. (I recommend starting with 3 minutes.) If you feel it’s too strong, simply add more water to dilute. Add honey if you need some sweetness. Drink hot, and go to bed early.

Wellness Herbal Tea

Happy Monday; it’s exactly half way through the month. Take care of yourself! xo