7 Herbs that will help you get through cold & flu season.

Viruses that cause colds and flu are highly contagious and can be damaging to our health. Colds and flu are a leading cause of doctors office visits and missed days from work! Adults get an average of 3 colds a year. Herbal and tea can play an easy role in our health, Each herb contains different nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and much more, that helps the body perform at an optimal level!

The harsh, cold fact is that no pharmaceuticals-over the counter or prescription-can prevent or cure the common cold. Most don't ever relieve symptoms and could actually make some worse.

Here are some Herbal Remedies that could help you avoid the doctor.

Some scientific studies show that antihistamine-decongestant combination drugs doesn't help with colds and can produce undesirable side effects. In fact, one such study found that aspirin and acetaminophen both common in cold drugs, actually suppressed people's immune response and increased cold symptoms such as nasal congestion.

Here's a list of herbs that contain benefits ranging from immune system tonic, immune system stimulants, to anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and much more.

Echinacea - This species is the single best researched herb for helping the body fight colds and flu once they've begun to invade. It stimulates white blood cell activity, increases the body's production of antiviral substances such as interferon, and enhances the ability of immune cells to engulf and destroy invading microbes.

Asian & Siberian Ginseng - These two herbs have a strong reputation as overall health enhancers and immune-system rebuilders.

Licorice Root - This root stimulates the production of several types of immune cells and increases the body's interferon production. It also helps reduce inflammation.

Elderberry - This berry is considered one of the best flu fighters. They contain compounds that can inhibit the enzyme that flu viruses use to penetrate our cell membranes. Studies have shown, most of the children and adults who took elderberry extract daily for flu, starting as soon as their symptoms began, got rid of it in two or three days, compared to at least six days for those who got no elderberry extract.

Garlic - This herb benefits health in multiple ways, including boosting immune function and inhibiting or killing a broad range of microbes, such as bacteria, yeast, parasites, and fungi. Studies show that garlic is active against viruses that cause colds and flus. Our bodies eliminate some of garlics active ingredients through the lungs, putting those-cold and flu-fighters right where you want them. Peppermint Leaf - This herb's essential oil is often included in commercial products such as nasal decongestants, throat lozenges, cough drops, chest rubs, and inhalants. In one study, people who inhaled menthol, a component of peppermint, said they felt as if they had less nasal congestion, although the menthol didn't increase their measurable air-flow. It has also been shown to relax the airways.

Ginger Root - Anti-inflammatory and analgesic, ginger also helps you cough up mucus and makes you feel warmer, which may help if you're chilled.

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