Top 12 Herbs and Spices to Get You Through the Flu Season

Fresh Ginger Root

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2. Ginger

Stop thinking of ginger as something to clean your palate while eating sushi. Ginger has been used for centuries as medicine. It can help stop upset tummy’s and calm nausea, and its main ingredient, gingerol, is a well-known anti-inflammatory that can help ease headaches, and clear out the sinuses when you have a cold or flu.

Eating a healthy dose of ginger can also help your body sweat out toxin. Steep a bit of fresh ginger root in some hot water to make a healing tea, eat it raw, or use it in some of your favorite food dishes. Ginger is great for reducing fevers, encourages coughing to remove mucus, and soothes sore throats.

Ginger is also well known for stimulating the circulation and opens up your sinuses so you can breathe! Research done at the Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Japan showed that ginger can not only help with flu symptoms and shorten the duration, but it can help prevent the flu as well.

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One Comment

  1. Keziha Chan

    Oct 26, 2017 at 4:33 am

    My mom makes an awesome (Asian style) chicken noodle soup using cinnamon, lots of garlic, mountains of ginger and a little chilli, it’s so soothing for a cold and warms you up in winter.?
    This article really helped me understand why it’s so good, plus a few extra things I can cure or prevent a cold. ?super help full, thank you.