We all succumb to the common cold at least once a year. Fall and winter are particularly challenging times, when we find ourselves even more susceptible to catching cold because we spend more time indoors. We are around more people and don’t get as much natural air. The common cold is caused by several different microbes, but usually it’s a virus so we don’t need to take antibiotics all the time because they actually target bacteria. Viruses are best dealt with by tonifying the immune system so that we can help our bodies clear out the microbes faster and by implementing different strategies to help with the uncomfortable symptoms we experience.
Luckily, there are so many scientifically proven, cheap, and effective solutions to the common cold that you probably already have at home!
Ginger: This potent kitchen staple is so useful for so many things, but especially for immune support. It contains volatile oils and resins which help to enhance immune function. From a Chinese medicine perspective, ginger acts on the lungs, which in turns opens to the skin. It is in that way that microbes are expelled from the body!
How to use: chop up some garlic, and boil the pieces for about 20 minutes in water, let cool, and drink. Best used in fresh form, not dried.