Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

COLD & FLU

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Caused by viruses and spread by contact with everyday objects, the common cold and seasonal flu can be difficult to prevent and even harder to get rid of. While there is no cure for these illnesses, you can use a variety of herbal remedies to ease your symptoms and perhaps shorten the duration. If symptoms are severe, see your doctor for something stronger.

Comforting Peppermint–Echinacea Tea

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

This soothing tea is chock full of immunity boosters to stave off all-too-familiar cold and flu symptoms and kick the viruses to the curb. Start using it as soon as you notice symptoms.

1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves

1 tablespoon dried echinacea root

1 cup boiling water

Honey or stevia (optional)

1.Put the peppermint leaves and echinacea root in a tea ball or infuser. Place the herbs in a mug of boiling water.

2.Steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

3.Add a little honey or stevia to your cup before drinking, if desired.

4.Repeat 3 times daily while experiencing cold or flu symptoms.

Eucalyptus–Sage Bath Salt

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: GLASS JAR
TIME: 20 MINUTES

Proven cold fighters eucalyptus and sage tag team to open blocked nasal passages and ease chest congestion. Meanwhile, a warm bath will help you to relax while alleviating body aches.

1 cup Epsom salt

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops sage essential oil

1.In a medium bowl, add the Epsom salt, and the eucalyptus and sage essential oils. With a spoon, stir well to combine.

2.Using a funnel, transfer the bath salt to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

3.To use, run a warm bath and dissolve ¼ cup of the bath salt in the tub.

4.Soak for 20 minutes daily while recuperating from a cold or the flu.