Category Archives : cold


Prevent Colds & Flu – Go for Good Bugs 1

Food and supplements that contain helpful bacteria, known as probiotics, promote digestive health and have been linked to stronger immunity. For everyday health, eat yogurt with active cultures several times weekly; if you can’t tolerate dairy, try miso soup or sauerkraut. During the cold and flu season, consider adding a supplement (which has at least […]


Cold & Flu Prevention Remedies 1

If you tend to catch every winter bug that goes around, consider two supplements: the herb astragalus and a medicinal mushroom supplement that contains maitake, shiitake, turkey tail, or reishi mushrooms. Both remedies, long used in Chinese medicine, have antiviral properties that may ward off colds and flu. Like all “tonic” remedies, they have a […]


Sore Throat: Honey, Lemon & Cayenne

When you’re having trouble swallowing, honey, lemon, and cayenne pepper can bring soothing relief. The lemon contracts inflamed tissues and provides vitamin C, the honey soothes and disinfects, and the cayenne stimulates circulation and encourages healing. Try It: Fill a tablespoon halfway with honey, and then squeeze a lemon to fill the spoon with juice. […]


Natural Winter Remedies: Licorice

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has immune-boosting and throat-soothing properties that make it an excellent addition to cough and cold formulas. How to use: For coughs, make a tea that combines mullein leaf with a pinch of licorice. Safety note: People who have high blood pressure should avoid this herb or use the deglycyrrhizinated form (look for […]


Natural Winter Remedies: Sage

Common culinary sage (Salvia officinalis) can help to ease sore throats and dry up sinuses. How to use: For a sore throat, make a strong tea by pouring 4 ounces of water over 2 teaspoons of dried or fresh sage. Cool to room temperature. Gargle until the mixture is gone. Repeat three times daily. For […]


Natural Winter Remedies: Eleuthero

Also known as Siberian ginseng, this well-studied herb (Eleutherococcus senticosus) can help your body resist the effects of stress and boost your immune system. How to use: Take in tincture or capsule form, or make an immunity chai by blending eleuthero with cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. Simmer for 20 minutes and strain; drink two to […]