WHY YOU SHOULD USE THESE 8 HERBS FOR COLDS AND FLU SEASON - Glow Bar London

September 05, 2022 6 min read

WHY YOU SHOULD USE THESE 8 HERBS FOR COLDS AND FLU SEASON

Early studies show that CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, suggesting that it would be good during the cold and flu season when viral infections. Research also finds herbs like astragalus, garlic, ginger, and ginseng have powerful antiviral properties, making them ideal for the cold season.

As more studies reveal the CBD potential, people use CBD for just about anything, including colds and flu, but more research is needed to prove what CBD can and cannot do. The FDA has not recommended it for the cold season either, hence why many users go slow with it. This article shares a list of herbs that will likely protect you during the cold season because of their powerful properties. They include astragalus, ginseng, ginger, rosemary, and lemon balm. Let's see how CBD relates to the cold season before embarking on these herbs.

What Is CBD?

According to Bauer et al. (2020), CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis plants and one of the many called cannabinoids. There are many cannabinoids in the cannabis space, and CBD is just one of them. Non-psychoactive means CBD does not make you high, which is why people go after it. It is highly popular and can be found in oils, edibles, tinctures, topicals, and vapes. You can enjoy almost every CBD product in one of the three formulations; isolate, full- and broad-spectrum CBD.

CBD, Cold Season, and Flu

According to Watt & Karl (2017), CBD is therapeutic, and many users want to tap into this therapy. Can CBD help you fight the flu during the cold season? The FDA has not gathered enough evidence to prove that CBD can offer protection against flu. Yet, existing research is more than promising. For instance, Raj et al. (2021) looked at the role of cannabinoids in fighting the SARV-2 strains and noted that CBD showed great potential in this context. Besides, Wang et al. (2020) reported that CBD promised to fight the expression of Covid-19 virus strains. Besides CBD, the following herbs are a must-have as you sail through the cold season.

Ginger

Ginger is one of the many herbs and spices we don't leave out when preparing soups and delicious dishes since they add great seasoning. Besides, people have used them for many things, including menstrual cramps. As scientific studies continue, we appreciate ginger the most. For instance, Rasool et al. (2017) reported that ginger could fight avian influenza, nonvirus, and RSV, suggesting that ginger would help greatly during the cold season. This explains why ginger elixir, lozenges, and teas sell a lot over the cold season.

Peppermint

Peppermint is another herb you must have to sail well in the cold season. We know it for its great aroma, and people smell it to boost their energy levels and enhance mental clarity. According to McKay et al. (2006), peppermint has many active compounds, including menthol and rosmarinic acids, which research has proven to be anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. The study attributed the active compounds to helping manage RSV and other respiratory infections.

Fennel

Fennel is a great herb in traditional medicine and has long been used to manage spasms and period pains. However, research shows that its potential is more far-reaching and that it can help you during the cold and flu season. According to Astani et al. (2011), fennel features active compounds rendering it potent and useful for fighting parainfluenza type 3, nonovirus, herpes, and cattle virus. Still, more research is needed to prove its actual potential.

Ginseng

Ginseng and ginkgo are powerful herbs that folk medicine appreciates a lot, and modern research also finds useful. Ginseng, for instance, proves helpful in boosting energy levels and enhancing mental clarity, explaining why many athletes use it to make them more productive. Yet, they seem to have more far-reaching benefits and could help you during the cold season. For instance, according to Lee et al. (2014), ginseng can fight hepatitis, RSV, and herpes viruses, revealing how potent its anti-viral properties are.

Garlic

Garlic is one of the many spices you will not leave out if you want to add flavor, season, and taste to your dishes. It is available in fresh and powdered forms, and chefs find both useful in the kitchen. Did you know that garlic is one of the herbs you need not leave out during the cold season? Dehghani et al. (2005) detailed a study in which 23 people with warts from HPV applied ginger twice daily for two weeks and cleared off warts. Besides, according to Bayan et al. (2014), test-tube results found garlic great at fighting influenza A & B, HIV, HSV-1, and rhinovirus, showing how anti-virally strong garlic is.

Astragalus

Chinese herbs have been used to boost immunity and manage various health challenges for the longest time. One plant in this class is astralagus, whose flowers modern medicine appreciates. According to Shi et al. (2014), astralagus has compounds called astragalus polysaccharides (ASP), known for powerful immune-boosting properties and fighting flu. The study reveals that ASP shows great potency against influenza and herpes viruses.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is yet another herb you must have to make it through the cold season that lasts from the first day of spring to the last day of the thaw. It’s normally used in teas and seasoning, but studies show that it has powerful anti-viral properties. According to Pourghanbari et al. (2016), lemon balm can fight avian influenza, herpes, HIV-1, and enteroviruses, making it a useful herb for flu.

Rosemary

Many chefs like rosemary for adding flavor, seasoning, and texture to food. Whether you want it for your tea or rice, you certainly will get the results you have been looking for. Moreover, the rosemary herb is good for the cold and flu season. According to Khwaza et al. (2018), the herb features many active compounds, including oleanolic acid, that demonstrate the ability to fight influenza, herpes, HIV, and viruses. Are you looking for herbs to help you make it through the cold season? Rosemary is a must-do.

Conclusion

The cold season comes with flu and viral infections. While eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, and keeping warm go a long way to offer some protection, it is not all that you need. CBD seems to possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties but more research is needed to prove it effective. This article shares a list of 8 herbs you must have as you go into the cold season.

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