Herbs for Spring Chills and Colds

Spring is a time when everything is in flux. The dampness we accumulate over the winter can fuel feverish colds and chills, especially if the weather keeps changing and a cold wind gets in to your system. Guard against this by using Pukka’s Elderberry, Echinacea and Elderflower tea from the Healing Clinic.

elderberryand-echinacea_cmyk_newEchinacea is a well known tonic for the immune system but traditionally has been classed as an alterative – that is a herb which clears damp and alters the tissues into a healthier balance.

Scientific trials on Elderberry have shown antiviral activity and Elderberries are traditionally used in cough and cold cures as a nourishing and cooling remedy, supporting the digestion. In common with many berries, they are rich in antioxidants so that they can help repair any tissue damage from inflammation.

Elderflowers clear the respiratory tubes and push blood and energy out to the edges of the body to deal with the chill. They give an upward and outwards movement to complement the berry’s centring effect.

In this way, the 3 Es tea can ward off colds and chills but also help you deal with a cold if you are unfortunate enough to catch one!

Throat Comfort tea by Yogi Herbs soothes the throat and contains aromatic herbs which thin claggy mucus and have antibacterial effects.Yogi-Tea-Throat-Comfort_380

Liquorice is a sweet nourishing root, soothing and healing to the stomach and the respiratory tubes.

Fennel is also sweet, having a flavour like aniseed. It settles windy indigestion and it’s essential oils are mildly antibacterial.

Thyme is a traditional component of many herbal treatments for coughs and colds. It is strongly antiseptic, thinning to the mucus. Although Thyme encourages a productive cleansing cough, it is also antispasmodic so that excess coughing is reduced and the airways are kept open.

If your respiratory illness may be more serious, if you have repeated infections or if chest infections which persist a long time, book an appointment with the Herbalist, Donald Purves, for an assessment and a stronger more specific herbal remedy.

Acupuncture with June or Stacey could also help as could Osteopathy with Will or Homeopathy from Rowena.

Any of these practitioners are able to tell if your problem requires conventional medical help and will refer you to your doctor as necessary.