As we get into the thick of winter, workplaces are filled with muffled coughs and uncontrollable sneezing fits. Stopping short of sanitising your entire office, you may feel like the battle is over when it comes to staying healthy. Luckily, thanks to the wonderful woman that is Mother Earth – and these natural herbs – you can keep your health and your job at the same time.
3 natural herbs for winter colds
Commonly known as the American coneflower, Echinacea is a popular herb that has been used to combat flu and colds for generations. In fact, it is so effective that it cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent, and reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days. Stop the sniffles and swallow some echinacea.
Baptisia (wild indigo)
The root of Wild Indigo is commonly used in conjunction with other herbs, to help alleviate symptoms of the common cold and support a healthy immune system. This natural remedy supports and stimulates the body’s own immune response to infection, so it’s a perfect way to get back to full health.
Another name for Thuja is ‘aborvitae’, translating from Latin to ‘tree of life’. Thuja leaves have been found to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and are now used to help strengthen the immune system. It helps to relieve the congestion by loosening the phlegm and mucus responsible for obstructing the respiratory system, so you can say goodbye to the sniffles.
Combined, these herbs are very effective in helping to reduce the symptoms of a common cold. Integrating a variety of herbs into your diet can be difficult, but you’ll find your local pharmacy will stock a vast array of herbal supplements, containing Echinacea, Thuja, and Baptisia.