Home Remedies: Thyme for Cold/Flu Relief
The Healing Power of Food: Conscious Eating
by Julianne Koritz, a registered, licensed dietitian. --
Learn how food can heal your body
by strengthening your immune system and increasing your energy level -- create a plan
for boosting your immune system. Lessons address common health complaints and offer
up remedies for issues such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, memory loss, joint pain,
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heal your body!
For immediate cold/flu relief, try this concoction to strengthen your immune system at onset of
Cold Flu Concoction with Thyme
1 ripe pear, cored and chopped
1 inch (or more) of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme (use high quality non-irradiated green leave thyme)
1 1/2 cups unprocessed apple juice
Combine ingredients in a small pot with lid and simmer 5-8 minutes. Pour in bowl or cup and
consume. Take three to four times per day as needed. Ideal prior to bedtime -- put on an extra
layer of clothing and get under warm covers.
Pear is soothing to the throat and contains antiviral caffeic acid, which is an immune
stimulant. Ginger possesses ten or more antiviral compounds. Thyme contains thymol,
which is an antimicrobial agent containing more than a dozen antiseptic compounds.
Preventive Medicine: Immune Boosting Foods and Herbs:
"Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
Fatty fish such as mackerel, sardines, and salmon (omega-3 fatty acids)
Onion (contains quercetin)
Hot chili peppers
Red Sweet Peppers
A variety of vegetables and fruit
A variety of beans and grains