Apr 25 2011

Herbal Remedies

Herbs are easy to grow and common in most recipes, so I always have it in the garden. You can check out my Garden Tab for more detailed information of herbs and how to grow them.

They are good for more than cooking though. A few months ago I found these great natural remedies for common symptoms associates with colds and the flu in Natural Health.

Rosemary is great with roasted potatoes, and it’s also helpful for clearing phlegm (pleasant thought I know). Crush the leaves from 3 or 4 sprigs and put them in an old pair of hose. Throw it in a warm bath and soak.

Sage’s anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate the discomfort of sore throats. Add two teaspoons of crushed sage to 8 ounces of hot water and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain, add 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt and gargle for 30 seconds a few times a day. If someone around me, like one of the kids, is sick, I like to gargle with just the salt and warm water before I go to bed at night and in the morning to clear out the germs that I may have so generously received.

Thyme unplugs the sinuses. Pour 3 cups of boiling water over 2 tablespoons crushed, fresh thyme leaves in a medium bowl. Place your face 10-12 inches away, put a towel over your head so it covers both your head and the bowl to keep the vapors in, close your eyes, and breath deeply for 5 minutes.

Peppermint helps ease stomach cramps that go along with the stomach flu. Pour 8 ounces of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of crushed, fresh peppermint lease. Steep for 30 minutes, strain, then drink.

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