Here is additional herbal information to help determine what you need from your pantry when you are suffering from cold symptoms or achy joints – both common fall and winter issues.

Identify your issue and find your herbal cure here:

A Cough

Can’t stop that deep hacking cough from occurring? Pick up some rosemary; it contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds known to loosen phlegm, soothing a cough and calming an asthma attack. Studies have shown that it can assist with knocking out the flu as well because of its antibacterial properties. To top it off, rosemary sharpens concentration because it increases blood flow to the brain.

Rosemary is grand crushed up on just about anything, but my personal favorite coupling is on top of a steak, mixed in with potatoes, or in white bean soup.

Stuffy Head

Is your head stopped up? Throw some cayenne pepper in your favorite soup or a cup of tea. The capsaicin in cayenne is akin to substances in cold medicines; it excites the mucus membranes in the sinus cavity quickly to aid in draining mucus and eliminating congestion. You’ll be breathing better in no time.

Tasty with shrimp, eggs, beans, and just about any vegetable, my favorite cayenne combo is with chocolate or on popcorn because it’s like a contradiction in your mouth.

Wheezy

Eating parsley neutralizes carcinogens such as cigarette smoke and charcoal grill smoke that can cause serious damage to your lungs. Rich in vitamin C and A, parsley also boosts the immune system to assist with preventing ear infections and colds. So, if you’re around a wood burning stove or camp fire, grilling, or enduring a conversation with a friend that smokes, put some parsley in your belly to help cleanse your lungs. Know that in doing so, you are keeping your immune system strong and your breath fresh.

Typically used as garnish in restaurants and diners, parsley is a nice touch of green in pasta, grains, various salads, on tomatoes, and it is scrumptious when combined with parmesan cheese as a topping.

Joint Pain/Arthritis

What’s better than an ibuprofen for your achy hands and knees? The turmeric found in curry powder. According to numerous studies, the powerful little spice is associated with a number of great health benefits such as treatment for inflammatory bowel disease, cancer prevention, improved liver function, lower cholesterol, protection against Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. All due to the anti-inflammatory component and the pigment in the spice called curcumin. Turmeric is so potent that it is comparable to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines. So, instead of reaching for the bottle, add some curry to your diet and see if you notice a difference.

A famous ingredient in Indian food, curry is also really nice on fresh mangoes, garbanzo beans, and sautéed shrimp. Furthermore, when added to an olive oil based dressing, it can provide an appetizing twist for salads.

Information taken from:  www.truththeory.com/2012/08/03/10-herbs-that-heal
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Carrie Robertson
Research & Community Education

Chicago Skilled Nursing
Chicago Senior Living