Thyme, either dried or fresh, contains a large amount of antimicrobial compounds that fight against colds and the flu. Thyme also has expectorant properties that can help calm a cough. Next time you’re feeling under the weather, try making some thyme tea.
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 2 teaspoons of dried thyme OR 3 teaspoons of fresh thyme.
You can drink 1-3 cups daily for cold, flu, or cough symptoms.
You can also gargle with the tea (once it has cooled down a bit) to help soothe a sore throat. I know it might not be so tasty, but it helps!
People may debate whether or not garlic fights a cold or the flu, but I have seen over and over again how it keeps my immune system strong and stops a cold in its sneaky little tracks. There is science behind my claim and experience – allicin, the main biologically active component of garlic, blocks enzymes that play a role in bacterial and viral infections.
Without a doubt, you will only do right by yourself to include more garlic (cooked and raw) in your diet, especially during this time of year! My cold medicine of choice is always one finely chopped clove of garlic and a tall glass of water. You always have the option of chewing it (which is definitely the way to go if you want to keep people, as well as germs away). Otherwise, just chop it up finely and swallow it like you would any other vitamin/pill. *I would recommend taking raw garlic after you’ve eaten, especially if you have a sensitive stomach.