Want to stay healthy this winter? What you have in your spice cabinet may help. Check out recipes.
Feeling a winter cold coming on? Forget the medicine cabinet. Reach for the spice cabinet, instead.
For thousands of years, people all over the world have turned to natural and herbal remedies to help ease symptoms of a common cold or nagging cough.
“It’s fascinating as to what folks did to heal themselves,” says Ivan Fitzgerald, owner of the independent spice shop Bazaar Spices. “In Southeast Asia and India you may use green cardamom, whereas in Peru you may use maca.”
Even in the U.S., more doctors are putting away their prescription pads for patients with cold-like symptoms to help curb the overuse of antibiotics. Rather, they’re suggesting simple aids such as humidifiers and plenty of fluids to help calm the sniffles.
Want to kick your cold fast? Spice up that fluid intake — literally — with some healing herbs. Fitzgerald offers some of his best tips and recipes to clear your stuffy head and soothe your scratchy throat. (Thinkstock)
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