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An Infusion a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Winter is just around the corner and it's time to think about all the ways we can use plants, other than our customary infusions, to help us weather the cold season. So let's get started. Fill your pantry with the right plants and start using them the minute you have the first hint of a sniffle, or even when you're already congested!

Question: How can medicinal plants help me stay warm in the winter?

Answer: Prepare an infusion that increases the flow of blood to your extremities ─ your arms and legs ─ such as a blend of hyssop, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Another plant mixture that will warm you up in the cold weather is an infusion of Indian chai or the Tunisian herbal infusion of lemon grass, lemon verbena, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and other herbs.

Question: How can I build up my immune system?

Answer: Make an infusion of medicinal plants rich in vitamin C, such as rose hips and elderberry. Prepare infusions with plants that boost your immune system, disinfect, or fight the cause of the illness, such as hyssop, sage, and echinacea.

Question: How can the flu be treated?

Answer: Create a blend of linden (tilia), chamomile, elderberry flowers, and elderberry fruit.

Question: How can I deal with a runny or stuffy nose?

Answer: Prepare an infusion of plants that act as decongestants, such as greater plantain and thyme, which are known to alleviate nasal congestion and open nasal passages.

Question: How can I fight viruses in the winter?

Answer: Make an anti-viral infusion using plants such as elderberry flowers and lemon balm (melissa).

Avi Zithershpieler, Herbalist, The Spice Way


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