(NaturalPath) You’re sick, you’re feeling horrible and you just want to feel better, but you also want to try and stick to natural solutions to your cold or flu. Fortunately, there are natural herbal supplements to help clear you out.
Hot tea is a good way to get this amazing natural expectorant in your system. Licorice can also be used as a laxative. It has been used for thousands of years to treat upper respiratory conditions that accompany allergies and colds.
To stop that pesky, lingering cough you can inhale some essential oil from peppermint to clear the sinus passages. Hot peppermint tea also is effective on those bronchial tubes in the chest. Peppermint also acts as a fever reducer.
You don’t even need to eat this herb to get the benefits. Just a couple drops in some boiling water can break up that congestion in your sinuses and chest. Don’t forget to breathe in deeply to get the full effect.
This somewhat obscure flowering plant has been used for its medicinal properties for years. Also known as starflower it has great natural expectorant properties. Breaking up the congestion isn’t its only job, as it also helps the body break a fever by causing it to sweat.
The seeds from this plant also have expectorant properties. It can help fight infection and kill bacteria that cause these cold and flu viruses.
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