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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Be Well This Winter, Part 2

Let's continue talking about ways to naturally stay well this winter, despite all the sickness lurking around.

I am sure many of you have heard about echinacea. It is an herb that people have been using for a very long time. We use it to treat colds and flu. But, have you heard of elderberry? It is another centuries-old remedy used for respiratory problems. In a study published by The Journal of International Medical Research, when taken within 48 hours of symptoms appearing, elderberry extract reduced flu duration by four days. And, those taking elderberry needed less pain medication. Pretty great, huh? That is why I love Shaklee's Defend and Resist Complex. It is a combination of echinacea, elderberry, larch tree and zinc. Larch tree and zinc also aid the immune system and provide relief.

Garlic has anti-bacterial properties that help the immune system to fight infection, and it is an excellent boost to the immune system. The reason for this is garlic contains several helpful compounds, including allicin, one of the plant kingdom's most potent antibiotics. So, make sure you cook with plenty of garlic and onions, since onions have many of the same healthy properties.

I really love a good tea to boost my immune system or help fend off a cold. Traditional Medicinals has a great tea pack called Seasonal Herb Tea Sampler that includes Echinacea Plus, Throat Coat, Gypsy Cold Care and Breathe Easy. I also love a good peppermint, lemon or chamomile tea.

Make sure you get your sleep, take your vitamins, eat for good health, and cut back on sugar. Try any of these winter wellness tips each day and spring will be here before you know it!


  1. I agree with all those tips..except the cutting back on sugar intake.. :) it is so hard...especially in the winter :) I love to eat my chocolate!!!

  2. I have never heard of the Seasonal Herb Sampler! I drink a lot of hot tea but honestly tend to stick to certain kinds. I will have to try this when I feel a little off and hopefully I won't get sick!


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