Winter and the “F” word

Winter and the "F" word.

As winter shows its head, we hear that dreaded "F" word in every second sentence. So for many of us winter is a time of being indoors making best friends with our throws, a.k.a blankets, our heaters and doctor's bills with our mothers being the only person truly capable of giving the sympathy we sought. But we forget that Mother Nature not only gave us the challenge of flu, but also the means of getting through it unscathed. She provided us with preventative herbs, curing herbs and natural antibiotics. I had to laugh when a friend of mine emailed me in horror when their area ran out of flu injections!

The medical profession would be poorer for it if we all incorporated more garlic into our diets from autumn onwards. I wonder if a doctor started the notion that garlic 'stinks'. Hmm, yes well - as I was sayingĂ  garlic not only prevents you from getting sick but also acts as an antibiotic while you are sick. Alternatively one could simply make a garlic or herbal tea by adding a teaspoon of fresh (or half a teaspoon of dried) herbs to a cup of boiling water, letting it stand for 10 minutes before straining. Honey can always be added to keep the sweet tooth happy. Garlic, Basil, Bay, Chamomile, Dill, Horseradish, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Spearmint and Thyme all treat coughs and colds and are ideal for such teas.

Baths and inhalations of aromatherapy oils are another nursing method where you get to pamper your miserable soul at the same time. Take care to always read instructions, as some people, especially those pregnant, should avoid certain oils. 7 drops in your bath is adequate for adults and 1-minute inhalations of 4 drops to near boiling water will take excellent care of chest infections. See our herbal medicines and aromatherapy pages! Hopefully we will have a healthier winter this year with "F" for fabulous.

All the best,
The Gardening Eden Team

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