The winter season is inevitably accompanied by colds and the flu. Unfortunately — during the colder months — our bodies become more susceptible to disease and infection, and seniors in particular are at serious risk of getting ill during this period. Thankfully, you can help boost your body’s natural defense system by using herbs.
Here are the top seven herbs that will keep you well this winter:
Cat’s claw has a number of health benefits. It can lower the blood pressure and helps the body lose excess of water. The herb is particularly useful against pains of arthritis and other aches. It offers relief from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Growing and planting cat’s claw can be a challenge for those who are not experienced gardeners. Luckily you can get it from herb and spice stores.
Holy Basil is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus and has been used in traditional medicines as a stress reliever. The herb can also help fight asthma, bronchitis, earaches, hepatitis and influenza. Chewing basil leaves can ameliorate cold and cough symptoms. This plant is a great addition to any garden and pure joy for enthusiastic gardeners. The greenery can do well both in the ground and in pots. There are no gardening secrets. Simply provide it with plenty of water and full sun and your plant will grow just fine.
This lively scented herb is a natural soother. It has positive effect on the digestion after a heavy meal. Mint can cure chest and stomach pains and relieve asthma. Caring and planting mint requires minimal efforts. Just be sure that your indoor plant gets enough water.
Oregano is a popular ingredient in Italian cuisine, but did you know that this fragrant herb is exceptionally rich in antioxidants? In addition, it contains high amounts of Iron, Manganese and Omega-3s. Use it internally during illness or externally in case of infections. Looking for a next gardening project? You can grow this amazing plant both out in the garden and in indoors.
Parsley is often overlooked and mainly used in meals. The greenery can actually give your immune system a serious boost with many antioxidants and vitamins A and C. The greenery also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and builds bone strength. Parsley requires moist and rich soil. Add slow-release fertilizer before or at planting and keep the soil damp.
The pungent herb with Mediterranean origins relieves pain such as migraines and improves memory and mood. This multifunctional greenery has amazing antibacterial properties and soothes indigestion. The gardening experts suggest growing the plant indoors in a pot for fresh rosemary in the winter.
This powerful greenery can alleviate chest and respiratory infections and reduce the bacterial resistance to drugs. Having a bad cough? Thyme tea will ease it immediately. Plus, it contains vitamins A and C, Iron and Manganese. Planting and taking care of thyme is easy and doesn’t require any special gardening skills.
Do you have any other herbs to add to our list that will help boost senior immune systems during winter? Share your suggestions with us in the comments below.