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In addition to the delight of the holidays, winter festivities are often accompanied by a few side effects. Ailments such as colds, the flu, sore throats, and others are all too common during this time of year. Stocking your home with tried and true herbal remedies is a good, holistic approach to maintaining your health and wellness throughout the season.

Chinese herbal medicine can be used at the initial sign of a winter flu or cold, or can be an effective natural remedy to help ease the discomfort and speed up recovery. The following recommendations are remedies to be prepared at home so you can be ready to fight potential winter ailments.

  1. Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup (Sambucas Nigra) is a great remedy for warding off colds and the flu. It supports the immune system during the cold season, relieves cold and flu symptoms, and shortens the duration of illnesses. The vitamins A, B, and C present in elderberries are known to offer great healing benefits to the body. Elderberry syrup will help the body stay healthy and strong.

  1. Oregano oil

Oregano oil is another remedy to heal your winter ailments. The oil is recommended as a remedy for sore throats, nasal congestion, cold sores, and muscle and joint pain. It has antimicrobial properties which make it a perfect preventive strategy. On its own, this oil tastes terrible, hence the nickname “urine of Satan.” Mixing it with another oil such as olive oil will improve the taste.

  1. Ginger tea

Ginger is a powerful antiviral root that can halt cough and colds. It is a super herb with a wealth of health benefits. Packed with immune-boosting nutrients and anti-microbial properties, it is an excellent remedy for treating various ailments.

Drinking ginger tea is especially beneficial in the colder months. While most herbs must be dried or in ground form to make tea, ginger is one of the few herbs that can be fresh. The best thing about ginger tea is that you can prepare it in many different ways, depending on the ailment you’re treating.

While the winter months are a time for celebration, they unfortunately also invite the flu, colds, coughs, and nasal congestion. 

If a visit to the doctor isn’t necessary, try one of these remedies to ease your symptoms and boost your immune system. Dr. Durana has been practicing Chinese herbal medicine for 35 years and can provide recommendations and plans for improving holistic nutrition and health. Contact Seasons in Our Life for more information about how you can improve your health and wellness in 2020.