JRA.... Journal of a Radical Arthritis Chick

Here I give advice, speak of my experiences and give information to those who want to better understand Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am NOT a medical professional, and you should always seek advice from a doctor.

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Hello everyone! I am 28 years old and was diagnosed with JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) when I was just 3 years old. I've had my battles with this disease over the years, and have decided to create a blog. I want to share my stories and adivce with other RA chicks, or anyone interested, to raise awareness and get insight from others. Feel free to comment/question me about anything. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Top 5 Herbs & Spices for Colds

Feeling under the weather and are trying to avoid going on any more medications? I love using natural supplements when I can, so since I'm feeling under the weather, I researched some herbs and spices that have been proven to help soothe your sniffles, and may even help you get better faster. 
Note: Always discuss with your doctor before taking large supplements of herbs in case of any reaction with a medication.

1. Garlic: If any spice has been shown to help soothe colds, it's garlic. Not only does garlic have healing properties, it's a must to keep in your anti-cold arsenal. Studies have found that garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiprotozoal properties.  This stinking rose can top toast with olive oil and chopped raw garlic. Try soothing Garlic Tonic Soup at the first signs of a cold, or add lots of garlic to chicken soup. Skip supplements and go for fresh garlic - it's cheaper, tastier, safer, and likely to be more effective. Safety tip: If you're on anticoagulant drugs or are scheduled for surgery, talk to your doctor before consuming large amounts of garlic.

2. Ginger is warm & spicy that kick makes it a favorite culinary spice throughout the world. Long appreciated as an aid to digestion, numerous studies have shown that it is effective against nausea. Ginger has also been shown to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, so consuming it while you're sick may help knock out whatever is ailing you. Add minced fresh ginger root to soup, or blend it into a Vitamin C-rich fruit smoothie. Feeling too low-energy to cook? Try prepared ginger teabags, or nibble on a piece of crystallized ginger. I personally love ginger tea, I add a little bit of cinnamon to mine to make it even tastier. Safety tip: If you are on anticoagulant drugs or are scheduled for surgery, talk to your doctor or registered dietitian before consuming large amounts of ginger.

3. Chili Peppers:  Ever get that teary-eyed, runny-nosed, throat-clearing sensation after eating hot peppers? Next time you're miserably congested and scratchy-throated, put those peppers to work! Try a little cayenne in soup, or add hot sauce to stir-fried veggies served over soothing rice. Chili's appear to have anti-inflammatory properties, too, so they may give you a little respite if you're feeling achy. 

4. Mint is a natural source of menthol, so a steaming cup of mint tea can actually help open clogged nasal passages and soothe sore throats, at least temporarily. Drinking it throughout the day may even help offset the need for dehydrating decongestants. If you're running a fever, menthol's cooling sensation may help you feel a little more comfortable. Mint is also a great stomach soother. If you get tired of tea, try adding chopped mint leaves to fruit salad.

5. Chamomile: Feeling crummy can make it hard to sleep just when you need rest the most. Some medications can make you jumpy, others might be upsetting your stomach. Enter chamomile. This little floral herb soothes the stomach, and relaxes both mind and body. Because it has mild muscle-relaxing properties, it may help alleviate aches and pains, too. Try a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime, and get the healing rest you need.


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January 13, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Consumer said...

Thanks so much Mallory! I love to read your blogs! They are so interesting. I definitely need to have more garlic. I love drinking ginger tea! I love your idea to add cinnamon to sweeten it up. I hope you're doing well!
Thank you again!

January 13, 2011 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Victor said...

I take vitamins like vitamin C to treat my colds and flu. I didn't know that spices can also help cure those sicknesses. Thanks for the info.

January 28, 2011 at 2:25 AM  
Blogger Bette said...

Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (http://ninjiom-hk.cwahi.net/) may be another choice. i know alot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious scratchy throat.

March 24, 2011 at 4:16 AM  
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