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Tis the Season for Sharing… and Sneezing

by Andrea Beaman
As we come upon the season of gift giving, there’s another thing we often give to each other, although it’s not as welcomed: colds, flus and other holiday bugs.

Yes, it’s that time of year again, but this time you can prepare for it. One of the best ways to stave off receiving some of those unwanted mucous filled gifts from friends, family and co-workers, is by boosting your immune system with herbs like Echinacea and Astragalus.

There is also a wide variety of medicine in your kitchen. At the onset of the first sniffle, crush a clove of raw garlic, mix it with honey and eat it. Garlic has powerful antimicrobial properties. According to David Hoffman, of the Healing Arts Press, “The volatile oil is largely excreted through the lungs, making garlic useful in infections of the respiratory system, such as chronic bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, recurrent colds and influenza.”

The common culinary herb thyme is antispasmodic and expectorant. If you develop a hacking cough, brew a cup of thyme tea and sip on it throughout the day. It’s an excellent remedy for sore throats and irritable coughs

There are many highly effective home remedies you can rely on to help you make it through the holidays.

Andrea Beaman, HHC, AADP, is a holistic health and thyroid Expert. She is a nationally recognized TV Host, holistic health counselor and author and named in the Top 100 Most Influential People in Health & Wellness. For more information, visit

Join her on Wednesday, December 16 for a live streaming from her kitchen to your computer for Cooking To Boost Winter Health. Visit for more details.


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