Ingredients That Help Battle Cold & Flu Symptoms

The following are some ingredients that can be very beneficial to you when you are suffering from the common cold and flu. Lemon and ginger can be added to teas. Garlic, ginger, and onion can be added to stir-frys. The spices and green chillies can be added to curries and soups.  In addition to adding flavour and aroma, these ingredients have of a variety of properties that can help alleviate cold and flu symptoms.

Anise: Aids digestions, helps alleviate nausea, helps loosen mucous in the lungs

Black pepper: Provides some relief from nasal congestion & sinusitis, aids digestion, supresses cough, loosens mucous and phlegm


Cardamom: Improves digestion, improves circulation to the lungs (which in beneficial to those suffering from asthma or bronchitis), helps alleviate sore throat symptoms


Cinnamon : Helps fight bacterial infections, helps alleviate nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea


Cloves: Antiseptic that helps fight infections, reduces inflammation


Coriander Seeds: Aids digestion, good source of Vitamin C, known to be a fever-reducer, improves nausea


Cumin Seeds: Aids digestion, contains Vitamin C, improves immunity, natural decongestant, loosens up accumulated mucous and phlegm


Fennel Seeds: Aids digestion, natural cough suppressant


Fenugreek seeds: Known to help alleviate sore throat, improves digestion, helps improves symptoms of asthma and bronchitis  


Garlic: A powerful natural antibiotic, studies have shown regular consumption of garlic reduces frequency of common colds and flu


Ginger: Aids digestion, helps relieve sinus pain, nasal congestion, and sore throat, anti-inflammatory agent, loosens mucous in throat and lungs


 Green Chilli: A natural decongestant, high in Vitamin C, known to reduce body aches and pains, helps fight sinusitis and bronchitis


Lemon: Good source of Vitamin C


Onion: improves immunity, helps fight infections


 Turmeric Powder: Contains fibre and Vitamin C, aids digestion, relieves bloating, anti-inflammatory agent




          To make lemon ginger tea, steep 1 Tbsp. of freshly grated ginger in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 min. Strain the tea and then add 1 Tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 Tbsp. honey. This tea can clear up the sinuses and relieve sore throat.

          To make coriander tea, boil 1 tsp. crushed coriander seeds and 1 tsp. fennel seeds in 2 cups of water for 5 min. Add 1 tsp. of freshly grated ginger, a pinch of cinnamon, and let infuse for 5 min. Strain and drink. This tea can help reduce fever, and aid digestion.



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