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Chasing away the winter lurgies

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the July 16th, 2015

It is that time of the year when lurgies abound. Everyone is coughing, sniffing and sneezing. To avoid catching a winter bug, try using some of the herbs from your garden or on your pantry shelf.

Making a tincture using herbs is so easy – put the herbs in a bottle and cover with vodka. Leave to steep for four or five days, shaking gently every day and then strain the tincture into a dark bottle.
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One of my “go to” tinctures in winter is Jane’s Delicious Dragon Breath, so-called because if the tincture doesn’t kill the germs on the way in – the breath will kill them on the way out!
I start taking ¼ – ½ teaspoon twice a day as soon as I feel the slightest signs of a cold. For a sore throat it helps if you hold it in the back of your throat for a while and then slowly let it trickle down. Diluting it slightly with water and gargling also helps prevent a cold developing.
The main ingredients in the tincture are:

Thyme: an effective natural antibiotic, particularly good for any throat and lung problems.
Garlic: as an all round cure all.
Ginger: a great cleanser, helping rid the body of toxins.
Echinacea: strengthens the body’s immune system.
Cayenne pepper: promotes sweating and treats sore throats.
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There are plenty of other herbs that can be added to help fight winter colds and flu : basil, elder berries and flowers, cancer bush, goldenrod flowers, oregano, mustard seeds and tea tree.

(Please note that any information published on this blog is done so solely for educational purposes. It does not constitute any medical advice whatsoever, and nor does it replace medical attention or diagnosis. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner for the diagnosis and treatment of any disease, ailment or medical condition.)