As we continue to experience some of the coldest winter weather on record, it’s important to think about how we can keep ourselves and our families well through the winter. As the old adage goes, “prevention is better than cure”, and never was this more true than for coughs and colds!
Supporting your immune system is something that natural medicine excels at. Herbs have been used since the dawn of humanity to keep the bugs at bay, and while we now know (thanks to science) more about how they work on our immune system, the simple fact remains that they worked then and they still work today.
Echinacea Root (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia) – You may already know that you can tell the quality of an Echinacea extract by how much in makes your tongue tingle! The tingling shows that the extract is high in the active constituent, the alkylamides. This special active is concentrated in the root of the plant, and is responsible for enhancing immune activity in the body. Echinacea is suitable for the whole family and very safe to take long-term.
Olive Leaf (Olea europaea) – Olive leaf has been shown to have direct anti-viral and anti-bacterial activity. It attacks viruses in many ways and stops them replicating.
Other herbs that directly support the tissues in the throat, sinuses and lungs are also of benefit to help resist infection. These include Marshmallow, Mullein and Liquorice, and are especially indicated for those prone to coughs and chest infections.
In addition to these marvellous plant medicines, there are other simple ways to reduce your vulnerability to bugs. This is the most basic three-step programme we know: