4. Mullein

Mullein

Mullein is another herbal remedy from the days of old. While it is less popular than other traditional remedies like peppermint and sage, it definitely should have its place in your medicine box. This is due not only to its relaxant properties but also because of its effectiveness against certain parasites. Known as a wormicide, it has been proven effective against both tapeworms and roundworms. Furthermore, it can be considered an anti-tubercular agent. As a relaxant, it can help relax the smooth muscle associated with the respiratory tract, preventing coughs and muscle spasm, thereby making breathing easier and less painful.

3. Sage

Sage

Even beyond the kitchen, the herb sage has an incredible number of uses, as evidenced throughout history in its use in medicine and religion. Research indicates that as an antibacterial, it can cure a number of symptoms associated with the common cold, such as inflammation, pain, and bacterial and viral infections. Furthermore, sage has some antioxidant properties, giving it some effect against oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. However, the benefits do not stop there. It is also believed that sage may impart benefits for a number of more serious diseases, including things like diabetes, depression, and obesity.

2. Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint, like a number of other items on this list, has a myriad of uses aside from the culinary. It is not just a flavor of gum or ice cream. Studies show that it is a powerful analgesic (pain reliever) and that it also fights inflammation, as well as muscle spasms- all three of which can be associated with colds and viral infections. However, peppermint does more than that; it can also provide some benefit to exercise performance. Specifically, it can improve the respiratory effectiveness to some degree, though there is definitely some room for more research in this regard.

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1. Plantain leaf

Plantain leaf

Plantains, related to bananas, also have some medicinal use- or at least their leaves do. This is another age-old herbal remedy. Plantain leaves have been used in the treatment of upper respiratory infections. What makes the plantain so effective is its immunostimulatory ability, which it allows to rally the body’s immune system. Additionally, plantain leaves provide anti-inflammatory properties, and they help to prevent muscle spasms; these things make them great for dealing with colds and viruses, as well as chronic issues, such as a chronic cough. While it’s true that there’s limited data, what we know is very promising.

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While antibiotics present a powerful line of defense against various illnesses, they are not the only answer, and they are not necessarily always the best answer. At the very least, these herbal remedies can help boost the body’s natural defenses to quell infections. Furthermore, many of these herbs have other medicinal properties that make them invaluable for our health. There is still more research to be done, but the future is bright- and chances are, a number of these herbs are already in your pantry. Now that cold season has arrived, herbal teas can help soothe those colds and viruses.

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