By Jackie Johnson ND, Planhigion Herbal Learning Center, Northeast Wisconsin Unit of the Herb Society of America
The cold and flu season rages on. Herbs can be incorporated into your life to help you stay healthy.
Naturally, prevention is the best approach. You probably know to eat right, sleep well, stay hydrated, exercise, reduce stress and wash your hands often. So easy and so hard. Herbs can help.
If you’re struggling with sleep you may want to try lemon balm, chamomile, skullcap, linden, dill, hops, passion flower, and California poppy.
Herbal teas can also help. A prevention tea, full of vitamin C includes rosehips, hibiscus, lemon peel and cinnamon. Other tea blends that help you stay hydrated include:
- Nourishing winter tea: Elderberry, yarrow, calendula, nettle.
- Nourishing tea: Nettle, chickweed, linden, oat straw, chamomile, mint.
- Winter tea: Elderberries, elderflowers, lemon peel, ginger, rosehips.
- Sunshine tea: Chamomile, lemon peel, sage, clove, mint.
- Tea for a cold: Echinacea root, lemon balm, mint, yarrow.
- Elderberry tea: Elderberries, cinnamon, clove, cardamom
It is the policy of The Herb Society not to advise or recommend herbs for medicinal or health use. This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered as a recommendation or an endorsement of any medical or health treatment.