That’s right, summer is winding down and it’s time for the change of seasons! You may already be feeling the change or, like me in San Francisco, it may still be pretty summery. Either way, it’s a great time to think about preparing for the coming seasons!
Today, we have a guest post from my wonderful herbal medicine teacher, Kami McBride. She has been working with plants for over 25 years and is the author of The Herbal Kitchen, which is all about using spices and herbs you probably already have in your kitchen to make healing and immune boosting remedies.
She is also just getting ready to launch her first online course (registration starts on September 20!!) and I highly recommend checking it out! Prior to launch, she is releasing 4 free videos that also hold really valuable knowledge. She holds a wealth of information and is always willing to share and help others.
Read on for a few tips from Kami on Autumn and keeping colds away!
With the change in seasons comes the beginning of cold and flu season!
Darn! Preventing and limiting the duration of colds and flu is a household art that has broad social application especially when it comes to people taking antibiotics to get rid of a cold. You don’t want to do that if you can avoid it!
Herbs offer us a solution. Let’s use herbs for colds and flu and save the antibiotics for the life-threatening infections. Herbs that have antibiotic activities only kill pathogenic bacteria and do not harm the beneficial bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Many herbs help with viral infections as well as with bacterial infections whereas pharmaceutical antibiotics will not help treat a viral infection that causes a cold or flu.
Hospitals are now issuing statements in their membership newsletters about how taking antibiotics can increase your chance of later being infected with resistant bacteria that antibiotics cannot kill. Pharmaceutical antibiotics go into the body and kill not only the pathogenic bacteria that may be making you sick but it also kills the hundreds of beneficial bacteria that help you do many things such as digest and assimilate your foods.
When you kill your beneficial bacteria with antibiotics you become more susceptible to future illness.
One of my favorite anti-biotic herbs is Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis).
It is an herb that most people have in their herb and spice rack and it is very easy to grow. There are many beautiful Salvias (sages) grown for their colorful flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. These salvias are not your medicinal varieties of Salvia. When purchasing Salvia to be used for medicinal purposes make sure that it is Salvia officinalis; yes good old turkey stuffing, garden Sage.
Sage is especially good for upper respiratory and throat infections. You can drink three cups of strong tea a day for a week or do a steam inhalation.
Sage Tea Steam
- four tablespoons dried Sage
- one quart of water
Put herbs into pot of water and bring to a boil with a lid on the pot. Turn off the heat and let herbs steep for 15 minutes. Reheat the tea until it is hot.
Take off the lid and place a towel over your head and breathe in the steam from the tea. Make sure the steam is a temperature that is comfortable for your facial skin.
Do this for ten minutes and rest.
Another highly effective antibiotic herb that many of us take for granted is Garlic.
Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years and clinical studies have shown garlic to be active against strains of bacteria that are now antibiotic resistant. Garlic is good for fighting off all kinds of infections and even kills fungus and parasites. Fresh Garlic works the best. Add some freshly crushed Garlic to any of your meals and mix it into soups.
- 2 medium cloves of freshly crushed garlic
- 1 cup of very warm water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Add everything together in a tea cup. Mix well and sip.
Ok, so there are a couple great home remedies to help you stay well during the transition from summer to fall. Be well!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful knowledge and recipes with us, Kami! Don’t forget to visit Kami’s site here for more information.