10 medicinal plants for winter

SÂO PAULO – Winter can bring several uncomfortable diseases that disrupt our lives. Most illnesses are of the respiratory tract, such as cold ,  flu ,  cough ,  pneumonia  and even aggravation of some conditions, such as  asthma . Although allopathic medicines are indicated and recommended for many typical winter ailments, medicinal plants have their place in therapy and work as well as traditional remedies. See some natural herbs indicated for winter.   

1.  Lemon . Lemon  is a fruit  rich in  vitamin C  and acts as an antiseptic for the airways. It is used to fight flu, colds, allergies, sore throats and bronchitis. It can be used in the form of juice with a little honey. See also:  lemon juice.

2. Guaco . Guaco  is a medicinal plant very famous in Brazil for its bronchial  dilating and expectorant properties. The plant also has antiasthmatic, antiseptic and antirheumatic properties. Guaco is normally used to eliminate phlegm in cases of cough, asthma,  bronchitis ,  hoarseness , infections and  sore throats  and flu. The most commonly used form is tea and syrup. See also: guaco syrup  

3. Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus has disinfectant properties of  the  respiratory tract, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, among others. The plant is normally used in cases of colds, coughs, to eliminate phlegm, pneumonia, flu, asthma and bronchitis. The most used forms are eucalyptus inhalation, eucalyptus  syrup and eucalyptus  leaf  infusion . 

4.  Garlic.  This medicinal plant, in addition to being an important ingredient in cooking, is used for its antibacterial, antibiotic, antimycotic, expectorant and antiseptic properties. Garlic  is used  in cases of sore throat, phlegm in the lung, cough, irritation of the airways, pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases. The most common forms of use are  garlic syrup , in pure form ( garlic clove ), and garlic infusion (tea). To soften its strong taste, add honey to garlic tea.

5. Salvia.  Sage  is also  used in cooking and has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. The plant is usually used in cases of cough, bronchitis and colds. The most common forms of use are  salvia infusion (tea) and  salvia  tincture . Read also:  remedy based on salvia . 

6.  Thyme.  Thyme , also used in cooking, has flavonoids and tannins with expectorant, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and bronchodilator properties . Due to its mucus-thinning properties, thyme is used in cases of coughs, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, sore throats and flu. Some of the used forms of the plant are  thyme syrup, thyme infusion  (tea) and  thyme  inhalation . Read also:  thyme and honey remedy .

7.  Ginger . Ginger has components such as zingiberene and zingerone that are stimulants, anti –  inflammatory, antiseptic and bactericidal. Ginger is commonly used for colds, coughs and sore throats, and is also used as a tonic for  fatigue  and tiredness. The most common preparations are:  ginger syrup and ginger  infusion  (tea) .

8.  Plantain.  Plantain  has expectorant, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used for dry coughs with phlegm, bronchitis and in the case of respiratory tract infections. The most used form of the plant is the  infusion (tea) of plantain .

9.  Watercress.  This medicinal plant contains anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties that are very effective in cases of respiratory diseases such as cough, bronchitis, flu and phlegm accumulated in the chest. The most common form of ingestion of watercress is in the form of an infusion (tea) of watercress with honey.

10.  Onion.  Like garlic,  onion  has substances that are antimicrobial and anti-allergic, with antiseptic and healing properties for inflammation and respiratory tract infections. Onion is used in cases of flu, colds, sinusitis and other diseases. Some forms of use are onion syrup ,  honey with onion  and  onion tincture . Also Read:  Onion and Vinegar Cough Remedy .

Consult your doctor or pharmacist to find out if you have any allergies or contraindications to any of the indicated medicinal plants.

Jeanne Kenney
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