Growing Using Herbs

How to grow and use herbs in your daily life

Remedies for Winter Coughs and Colds

At this timeof year  everywhere I go, people seem to be coughing and sneezing. There are a number of herbal antibiotics available to either prevent colds or to alleviate symptoms, should they arrive.

Garlic and onions are close cousins in the plant world and work together to see off both colds and flu. Chop an onion and a clove of garlic, put in a pan with the juice of one lemon, a dessertspoon of honey and a mug of water and simmer gently in a covered pan for 45 mins. Drink the mixture as hot as you can.

Another great recipe and one I use throughout the winter months is sage, rosemary and thyme, here in Andalucia I always pick fresh leaves, but dried will do. Put the herbs approximately 1 teaspoon of dried and a small handful of fresh, place in a teapot pour on boiling water and allow to infuse for 10 minutes. Honey can be added for taste and extra anti-bacterial protection.

Herbs to boost the Immune System

Now is the time of year to boost your immune system, to prevent you succumbing to winter colds. There are a number of herbal remedies that can improve the immune system as well as help nip any niggling cold infection in the bud. However, good immune defences also depend upon a healthy outlook, good diet, sufficient sleep, regular exercise to keep your resistance in peak condition.

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Egyptian Cough Sweets

100g of fresh White Horehound Leaves

½ teaspoon crushed aniseed
3 crushed cardamom seeds or cloves
600ml water
350g white sugar
350g soft brown sugar

Put the White Horehound leaves, aniseed and cardamom into the water and bring to simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the sugars and dissolve over a low heat

Bring to the boil until the syrup hardens when dropped into cold water

Pour into an oiled or lined tray , scoring the surface when slightly cooled

Store the sweets in wax paper


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Scientists have tested coriander oil – taken from the seeds – and found it to be effective against 12 lethal bacteria. The team from the University of Beira Interior found that the oil attacks and kills the outer membrane of a number of bacteria cells, including E.coli, MRSA and salmonella.
It is hoped that in the future coriander oil can be used beneficially in cases of food poisoning, and hospital acquired infections.

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