The 16th – 24th June 2012 marks Herbal Medicine Week – a week intended to raise awareness of the benefits of herbal and natural medicine. With interest in natural remedies increasing all the time, online lifestyle magazine Female First asked Medical Herbalist Lucy Stephens of London’s Reva Clinic to share a few simple basic starter remedies that we are all sure to have in our store cupboards.
Garlic – You may currently only use garlic to add flavour to your cooking, but it is also fantastic for fighting off a wide range of pathogens. Try taking one raw clove per day. Chop into standard pill sized pieces and swallow with water.
Ginger – The wonderfully aromatic ginger surprisingly contains many compounds good for warding off bacteria and viruses. Much research has also suggested that it can inhibit the chemicals that cause pain from working – meaning it is often suggested for individuals with inflammatory conditions. If you are currently suffering from a bout of the common cold, chop some raw ginger and add it into a pot of tea with some manuka honey.
Thyme – Fabulous for adding depth of flavour but little did we know about its ability to also sooth upper respiratory tract infections and urinary tract infections. It’s anti-bacterial properties are also good for spasmodic coughs. Try adding two teaspoons of dried thyme to your cup of tea.
Fennel – It may not be to everyone’s taste with its liquorice/aniseed undertones, but fennel contains compounds that are said to be good for trapped wind. If you feel bloated after dinner, pop two teaspoons of fennel seeds into water and drink.
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