Almost everyone is familiar with the uncomfortable symptoms of a cold. These include coughs and sneezes, headaches, an aching body, runny or congested nose and generally feeling out of sorts. Although there are no known cures for colds, herbal tea remedies have been found to be helpful in helping to reduce cold symptoms. Different remedies can be chosen depending on the symptoms.
Herbal Teas for Colds
Ginger is a good home remedy for coughs and colds. It is recommended that the patient drink ginger tea at least three times a day. Allow 1 heaped teaspoon of grated fresh gingerroot to seep for ten minutes in a cup of boiling water before drinking.
For a herbal tea to help reduce the aches and pains and congestion associated with colds, mix equal amounts of peppermint, yarrow and elder. Add 1 to 2 tsp to a cup of hot water. To help soothe a sore throat, add a llittle honey.
A great way to get warm after coming in from the cold is to break a cinnamon stick into a mix of ginger. Add a little Cayenne too, to stimulate the circulation.
To reduce fevers, mix equal amounts of dried Elder Flowers with dried Peppermint Leaves in distilled boiling water. Cover and allow to steep for fifteen minutes. Strain into a saucepan and add a tsp of honey before drinking.
Try this tangy and tasty herbal tea for coughs and sneezes: Boil 2 slices of fresh ginger root in a pint of water for ten minutes. Add some tangerine peel and continue to boil for five more minutes. Pour into teapot and add a teabag of green tea. Steep for two minutes, then add honey to taste.
To relieve the general symptoms of a cold, steep 2 teaspoons of dried sage in boiling water. Strain and drink slowly.
While suffering from coughs and colds, you might benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea. A study published in the journal Antiviral Research in 1995 suggested that green tea contained catechins that are strong inhibitors of the influenza virus. If you’re wondering about the differences between green tea and black tea, although both come from the same plant, Camelia Sinensis, green tea is dried and not fermented. This gives green tea a lighter flavour and keeps all the beneficial qualities unharmed which is why green tea is a very healthy alternative.
“The Doctor’s Book of Herbal Rome Remedies.” The Editors of Prevention health Books. 2000.
Written by Carole Somerville
Professional Writer and Astrologer
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I have had toothaches and I am sure some of you have as well. I know when I have a toothache I like to use herbal remedies to help ease my toothache pains instead of using over the counter pain killers. Some of my favorite toothache herbal remedies to use are tea tree oil, vanilla extracts, peppermint, and neem oil. Now your probably all wondering how do this herbal remedies help ease a toothache? Well I am about to tell you.
Tea tree oil helps ease a toothache because it contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in it that stop your gums and nerves from swelling, and penetrates deep down inside the tooth itself killing off the bacteria inside the root of the tooth that is causing your tooth to hurt. The best way I think to use tea tree oil to help ease your toothache pains is by first brushing your teeth with toothpaste, and than rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash. After you can simply dilute a few drops of tea tree oil into a glass of warm water and than swoosh the water and tea tree mixture in your mouth as a mouth rinse. The other way is simply by taking a cotton swab and pours some of the tea tree oil on it and than rubbing the cotton swab with the tea tree oil on the tooth that hurts inside your mouth.
The next herbal remedy I like to use to help ease a toothache is pure vanilla extract. Vanilla extract contains chemicals in it that helps numb your toothache. The best way I find to use pure vanilla extract to help ease my toothaches is by simply pouring 3 tablespoons into a small cup and than by simply pouring it into my mouth and swishing it around in my mouth like a mouthwash for 30 seconds. After I simply like to spit the vanilla extract out. However, the vanilla extract can be a little strong in flavor so you can dilute it in a little bit of water if you have too. I know I have too.
The other herbal remedy that I find works the best for toothaches is peppermint oil. Peppermint oil has a natural soothing and cooling sensation that helps soothe away aches and pains. The best way I find to use peppermint oil to help ease toothaches is by simply taking a cotton swab and soaking it in peppermint oil for a minute or two, and than after by simply rubbing the peppermint oil onto the toothache and gums surrounding the toothache with your cotton swab. As soon as you apply the peppermint oil to your toothache it will feel at ease from the pain. Another way I like to use the peppermint oil to help ease my toothache pains is by simply pouring a teaspoon of peppermint oil into ¼ a cup of water and than swooshing the peppermint water solution in my mouth like a mouthwash to help ease my toothache pains. You can choose whatever one works best for you.
The next and last herbal remedy that is wonderful for toothaches if you do not have any of the other natural remedies on hand is neem oil. Neem oil contains natural compounds in it that help reduce inflammation in your teeth and gums, which helps reduce the amount off pain you are feeling in the tooth that is aching. The way I like to use neem oil to help ease my toothache is by soaking a cotton ball in neem oil and than applying the wet neem oiled cover cotton ball to my toothache by simply sticking the neem oiled cover cotton ball into my mouth. Once the neem oil is on the toothache you should feel a tingly soothing sensation that helps relieve your toothache pains. They also make neem toothpaste and mouthwash you can get and try to help ease your toothache pains as well, but I personally think straight up neem oil works the best for toothaches.
All of these herbal remedies have helped ease my toothaches, and I hope they help ease your toothaches as well. I know I would recommend any of these herbal toothache remedies to someone I loved with a toothache before offering them an over the counter pain killer.
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How Much To Use:
Gourmet cookery is achieved when you figure ¼ teaspoon dried herbs for each four servings. This the measure for the famous “pinch” of herbs and spices.
How To Use:
Before adding the measured amount of the herb, crush it in the palm of one hand, using the fingertips of your other hand. This permits the speedy release of the flavor.
When To Use:
Here is a secret of culinary chefs: cooked foods are flattered (there include stews, soups, sauce) if you add the selected herbs during the last hour of cooking. Raw foods (such as salad dressing, fruits, vegetables, raw juices) are enhanced if you add the selected herbs as long before serving as possible. Give raw foods plenty of time to “marry” the herbal flavors and become supercharged with wondrous taste.
When Herbs Should Not Be Used:
Be selective. Just one herb course to a meal is sufficient. A meal in which every dish is herb-treated can become a disaster. So even though several herbs do go well together, be sparing.
Which Herbs To Be Used:
Consult the Select-an-Herb Chart to find the appropriate herbs for specific dishes. Of course, the final decision lies with your own taste! Seasoning with herbs is an expressive culinary art. You are the artist. To try a new herb adventure, crush a bit of it. Let it warm in your palm. Sniff it. Taste it. If it is delicate, be adventurously bold. If it is strong and pungent, proceed with caution.
How To Store Herbs:
When you buy a new container of dried herbs, they are supposedly full strength. The longer you keep them on your shelf (it should be room temperature), after you have broken the seal and exposed the, to air, the weaker they become. So keep the lid tightly packed. Buy herbs in small quantities. They do not improve with age. Keep in small, air-tight containers such as jars or cans. Do not expose them to air any longer than necessary. Open only at the moment of using and speedily close tightly. If you open the lid and do not detect any fresh, strong aroma, it means the potency has evaporated and taste-healing powers have likewise been diminished. You would do well to discard the, and replace with a fresh purchase.
How To Avoid Herb Specks In Food:
Flecks of herbs may sometimes add appeal in proffered dishes; other times, they tend to look unappetizing. To have a blear dish that has the flavor of herbs but none of the flecks, prepare an herb packet. Place selected herbs in a little cheesecloth bag and insert it during cooking time. Remove before serving. For raw foods, insert the same bag and let the aroma steep into the dish. Remove before serving.
How To Get “Instant Flavor” From Herbs
So many cooks are hurrying at the last minute. If you have to prepare some speedy dish and time precludes long steeping of herbs, here’s a gourmet trick to bring out “instant flavor” from herbs. Select the desired herb and let stand in a few drops of water (or oil or a drop of milk) about 30 to 45 minutes. The herbs must not float in this liquid but merely be dampened! Drain before using. This releases the flavor and it has an instantaneous reaction in the foods being “herb kissed.” For even faster reaction, for a “Jet Herb Flavor” tip, tie the selected herbs in a little cloth packet. Plunge into boiling hot water for five seconds, then dip into ice-cold water for another five seconds. Shake off excess water and then use.
Sandy Y. is an enthusiast in sharing healthy living with simple guide on food. She is a firm believer in having the correct food and healthy lifestyle, this will lead to a complete world of happiness.