Just a reminder to all the herb lovers here to remember to bring out your dried herbs and use them for their medicinal properties during these cold, winter months. With the sniffles going around, and the many aches and pains we might be experiencing, or even just plain old indigestion, these herbs will serve us well and remind us of why we put so much hard work in to their harvesting.
Some suggestions are using plenty of Garlic. This herb has proven to aid in fighting the common cold, serve as an antiviral, antiparasitic, and antifungal to our bodies. Fresh is obviously the better route, but dried will certainly work as well. Add some to your favorite chicken soup when your feeling down, or just remember to add some to many of your favorite dishes for seasonal protection.
Another favorite is Ginger. It works wonders for soothing nausea. You can prepare it in a teabag, sprinkle over your food, especially great on chicken, or add it to soup. It is wonderful.
Also, don't forget your Chamomile! I absolutely love to create my own Chamomile tea to soothe my nerves and relax me into a nice, peaceful sleep. It works to relax your muscles and has a pain relieving effect. It works beautifully to cure heartburn and indigestion as well.
Who could forget the mint family. It is perfect in tea. It will open those clogged sinuses and soothe your sore throat. If you suffer with acid reflux, avoid using peppermint though. It will work against you and open that valve that keeps your stomach acid where it belongs.
Of course there are many, many more. I just thought of these as I've been enjoying their properties lately. Who has more ideas?