Winter is coming, and with it, cold and flu season! Fight back with herbs and other natural remedies, such as the herb below, which is a potent anti-inflammatory.
Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to kill harmful bacteria that causes illness, and provide support to the immune system during times of need.
For example, sage is great at fighting inflammation – which as you probably already know, is involved to some degree in most illnesses and chronic disease conditions. This unique herb is also helpful in relieving cold and flu symptoms.
As this article states, “From the Latin salvare—”to save”—sage has been used for centuries to strengthen the respiratory system, ease congestion, and support overall well-being.”
Sage can be used in a number of forms, from dried or fresh leaves, to essential oils and extracts, and of course you can add it to foods as well, where it adds a warm and earthy aroma and flavor perfect for the cold winter months.
Here is a bit more information about the health benefits of sage:
Like its plant relative rosemary, sage contains rosmarinic acid, a phytochemical that has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine writes that sage is a “natural source of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds…possessing strong antioxidant, radical-scavenging, and antibacterial activities.”
Sage can help revive dull tissues, alleviate congestion, and support respiratory function—while also working as a powerful antioxidant, antiviral, glucose lowering, and tumor-inhibiting agent. Its anti-inflammatory powers are even said to improve memory. Aqueous extracts, like a simple sage tea, are the perfect place to start. Drink it daily to reap the powerful benefits of sage throughout the season.
Learn more & find a simple recipe for anti-inflammatory sage tea at MindBodyGreen.com…