Natural remedies for colds

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Does the winter season leave its mark with the first coughs and a few red noses? It is good to take care of ourselves naturally to prevent and slow down flu and cold symptoms. Some herbal remedies can help us strengthen our immune system without excluding medical advice, which is especially necessary for the most vulnerable people such as the elderly and children.

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La winter season leave your mark with the former coughing and some red nose? It is good to take care of ourselves naturally for prevent and slow flu and cold symptoms. Some herbal remedies they can help us fortify our immune system without for this excluding the medical opinion, necessary above all for the most vulnerable subjects such as the elderly and children.

We learn to defend ourselves with the gentle care that nature gives us:



A good herbalist will be happy to give us some good advice on the therapeutic properties of Rosa Canina, a wild plant of European forests and of Tropical America, a natural source of Vitamin C: . Use the leaves and dried fruits for the preparation of hot infusions and herbal teas and sweeten with honey of your choice.


A good infusion of lemon balm leaves can relieve headaches and colds. The drink stimulates the kidneys and sweating with effect detoxifying. It's a plant with excellent sedative activities.


Golden fruits to fight colds and prevent their symptoms: to eat or drink. A thirst-quenching and purifying lemon juice or red or yellow orange wedges make up one natural source of Vitamin C and antioxidants with beneficial and protective effects against colds.


It can be taken in addition to hot drinks or in a glass of water for relieve inflammation of the throat. It can be used for gargling or fumigating. L'apple vinegar it preserves the virtues of the apple to acquire other healing properties following the process of transforming the juice into cider.


Herbaceous plant with yellow or brown flowers. The part used in herbalist's shop it is the root with which one can be prepared tisane flu shot, to reduce nausea and stomach upset. It is considered one of the best digestive herbs.


Boil a whole onion, preferably red: drink the juice or use for gargling. In pharmacopoeia, red onion is used for its high content of quercetin, a powerful antitumor protector biflavonoid antioxidant. Expectorant (helps to expel bronchial mucus) and decongestant of the pharynx.


THEgarlic it is a beneficial plant with multiple therapeutic properties. Scientific studies prove it: garlic is a natural antibiotic excellent in case of cough and flu to use with care in bleeding people, with stomach and intestinal irritations, gastritis or ulcer.


Capsaicin, contained in chilli, is the substance that makes this food a strong ally against colds, bronchitis and sinusitis as, among its various functions, it stimulates the production of protective mucus of the mucous membrane.


Horseradish is used in medicine and homeopathy to cure the diseases of the respiratory system. It can be used as an infusion against phlegm and bronchitis.


Plant of the Asteraceae family, anti-infective, very effective natural remedy for defend the immune system and prevent any kind of infection. As a stimulant of the immune defenses and against cold symptoms, the syrup or herbal tea of ​​echinacea is a valid alternative.



Antibiotic medicinal plant, la sage tea is shown against the sore throat: add two teaspoons of dried sage leaves in boiling water and leave to rest for ten minutes. Drink several times a day.


Infusion of oregano calms coughs thanks to the healing properties of phenols.


The therapeutic properties are mainly contained in the leaves: the thyme is expectorant, disinfectant, antioxidant, spasmolytic, antibacterial and antiviral.


Taken in the form of herbal tea, it is an energetic and detoxifying remedy to rebalance the body in case of stress and fatigue.

In addition to natural remedies, it is important to remember that, to avoid colds and flu states, it is useful to follow a series of daily practices both hygienic and in the food sector:

  • Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and grains to cleanse the body
  • Wash your hands often
  • Be careful if you use public restrooms
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze
  • Don't bite your nails
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Go to bed early and sleep well
  • Cut down on excess sugars and alcoholic beverages.

And good health to all!

Michela Silvestri

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