Top 5 herbs and spices to keep you healthy through winter

Immune Function

Winter is a challenging time for health and often results in winter flus and colds. But, before you pop into the chemist to stock up on cold and flu tablets or to book in for a flu shot, did you know that there are natural remedies to keep you healthy during the colder months? Here are some of the best herbs and spices to throw into your diet which can help boost your immune system and lessen any symptoms of colds:

Well, in case you hadn’t realised, we’re really hitting the middle of winter now. People are rugged up in gloves, jackets and hats to try and fend off the cold which often brings with it the winter flus and colds.

But, before you pop into the chemist to stock up on cold and flu tablets or to book in for a flu shot, did you know that there are natural remedies to keep you healthy during the colder months?

Here are some of the best herbs and spices to throw into your diet which can help boost your immune system and lessen any symptoms of colds:

Cayenne Pepper

Amazingly, this is one spice our family only recently discovered and now we throw it into everything. It’s great if you have a cold as it eases sore throats and helps clear any mucus congestion. As an added bonus, it’s also great for weight loss and for keeping you warm as it boosts the metabolism.

Garlic

A natural antibiotic, garlic is fantastic for keeping away flus and colds. This immune booster is best when raw or lightly cooked as it keeps the antibiotic properties in tact, making it more effective at protecting your immune system.

Ginger

Like Cayenne pepper, ginger is also great for warming you up and boosting your circulation. If you struggle with aches and pains, it’s also a fantastic anti-inflammatory so it’s perfect for soothing those sore throats and getting the blood flowing to fight off infection. If you’re feeling queazy, this is also a great one to add to tea as it has anti-nausea properties.

Aniseed

Although not everyone likes the taste, aniseed is a great herb for soothing sore throats, clearing congestion and helping to improve digestion and reduce bloating and any feelings of nausea.

Cloves

Cloves, like garlic are really good for soothing coughs and helping to get rid of mucous in the lungs. It also has antimicrobial properties which means that any nasty bacteria or parasites are less likely to survive in your digestive system so you can stay happy and healthy through winter!

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