Medicinal Plants – good to know!

Self-treatment with herbs and medicinal plants, especially in the flu and cold season, is becoming increasingly common. If you like using herbs and alternative remedies without the guidance of a specialist, please be aware of the following:

  • Medicinal plants may be suitable for the prevention of minor complaints such as coughs and colds and for the early treatment of an illness. 
  • In the case of chronic illnesses, you should always discuss alternative treatment with your health care provider. 
  • If the cause of the complaints or your symptoms are unclear, you should always consult a health care provider. 
  • If there is little or no improvement of symptoms after three days of self-treatment or if your condition worsens, you should definitely consult a health care provider. 
  • Be extremely careful where you purchase or collect medicinal plants and herbs. When collecting your own herbs or plants, always carry appropriate literature with you to check the location, color, shape and flowers of a plant. This will reduce the risk of mistakes or confusion with poisonous plants.

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Cold and Flu Season in Full Swing

As always at this time of year, many are effected by cold viruses and the flu. Most of us rely on the power of nature to combat the unpopular symptoms of infection. For example, thyme is an effective mucus remover, plants-2682058_1920 has the ability to strengthen the body’s defenses and sea buckthorn is a true vitamin power packs: they are rich in vitamin C, but also in B12, E and beta-carotene. To choose natural preference instead of chemical agents is good, especially for colds, but you should consider some details when self-medicating:

  • Medicinal plants are suitable for the prevention of mild ailments and for the early treatment of a recent illness.
  • In case of unclear cause of discomfort or unclear symptoms you should always consult a doctor.
  • If the symptoms do not improve after three days of self-treatment or your condition worsens, you should definitely consult a doctor.
  • For chronic conditions, you should always discuss self-treatment with your physician.

In any case eating healthy and drinking lots of water will help you improve and recover the fastest.

Take care of yourself and be well!

Can an Onion Prevent a Cold or Flu?

I really like this list from WebMD for Natural Treatment tips for Colds and the Flu and I decided to share some of their suggestions with you today.  If you feel like you are coming down with a cold or flu, follow the advice below:

  • Sleep with more pillows. (Relieves congestion.)
  • Don’t fly in an airplane.
  • Eat foods that fight infection. (A short list is below.)
  • Don’t overtreat your symptoms. In Europe, if you have a runny nose, the doctor wants it to run!  If you don’t need to be in a business meeting, let your body help you heal itself.
  • Blow your nose in the right way.
  • Use a warm salt water treatment for a stuffy nose.
  • Remember to stay warm and rested.
  • Gargle.  Here is the right way to gargle:
  • Drink hot liquids.
  • Take a steamy shower.
  • Use warm packs on your sinuses.

The article suggests you eat the following foods while fighting a cold or flu:

  • Blueberries – has a natural aspirin in it.
  • Carrots
  • Chili peppers
  • Cranberries
  • Mustard
  • Onions – This vegetable contains phytochemicals which may help the body to clear infections so to answer the question in the header, yes, onions may be able to get you back on your feet if you eat them. (Don’t put them in your socks or next to your bed.)
  • Black/Green tea – These two types of teas have catechin which may have a natural antibiotic.