Protect Yourself From Colds & Flu With Ginger, Cinnamon, & Onions

by Karen Brooks on September 5, 2011

Fall is coming quickly upon us. It is back to school and the weather will be turning cooler in a few weeks. When the weather begins to cool, various ailments tend to affect our lungs. It is very common to experience coughs, colds, sinus problems and the flu.

Traditional Chinese medicine has viewed the onset of colds as flu as having an external pathogen invading our systems. This is true with our modern medicine, as we feel a virus is present.

When coming down with a cold or flu, the Chinese believed that scallions help to rid the pathogen from the body by sweating. Drinking a broth made from scallions or onions help the cold and flu stay at bay, by preventing it from settling in the chest.

If the illness has gone deeper, and you have muscle aches and pains, cinnamon is the herb. It will warm and strengthen the immune system. Any pure essential oils containing cinnamon are very helpful. Thieves oil blend is great to use topically or by inhalation, as it contains cinnamon.

Fresh ginger is also great for strengthening the immune system. A nice tea for winter, or when you aren’t feeling well would be made by simmering a few cinnamon stick with sliced ginger in water for at least 20 minutes. Strain and enjoy!

When you have a sore throat or a fever, mint helps to release the pathogen. Peppermint tea or oil are great. You can release fever by placing a few drops of peppermint oil on the bottoms of your feet. It will help to cool the body. Peppermint oil should not be used in children under 2 1/2 years of age.

Make sure that you stop taking any type of sugar based products until all of your symptoms have cleared.

There are countless natural remedies for colds and the flu. What have been some of your family traditions and favorites? Please share your thoughts with me below.

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Marissa September 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm

What a stroke of luck that you posted this. Just yesterday I was talking to a co-worker who loathes taking over the counter medicines or any meds, for that matter. She uses BreathRight strips, but sometimes that isn’t enough.
Thank you! Sharing your website with her.
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Wil September 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

These will be perfect for my new juicer! And some of my favorite things, too! Yummy + healthy – you got to like that!
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Pat September 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I like your cinnamom and ginger tea idea. Sounds like a really nice evening drink just for the fun of it as well as the health benefit.

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denny hagel September 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Great article offering valuable advice Karen…I am prone to bronchial pneumonia during the fall. I have found the most relief from ginger root tea, an old family remedy!

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Michelle DeMarco September 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I wish more people would look to natural remedies like these rather than go to harsh chemicals to rid themselves of symptoms. Helping the body to cure itself is key and I have witnesses this for years with my diet and supplements. Adding essential oils is that one thing that can really push your health to the next level! Great article! Thanks :)

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Olga Hermans September 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Vitamin D is a must to me. But you gave some great oils that we should use if we need to. Thanks Karen for your great wisdom!
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katrina September 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Colds/coughs – hot water, lemon, grated garlic, honey – helps to sooth the throat…..find if I take this, straight into bed with a heat bag it can often help to sweat it out
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Michelle Pearson September 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Wonderful suggestions! Learned a few great tips here today! Just finished fresh ginger in my carrot juice blend! Gonna try your tips all fall!
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