Sunday, February 13, 2011

Simple Thai Herbal Remedies for Colds and Sinus Congestion

For many of us, when cold weather begins, we'll start thinking about promoting our immune system to ward off winter's cold and flues. In winter, Thailand is still warm enough by Western standards.

Northeast tend to be cooler than Bangkok, generally with temperatures dropping into the mid 20 degrees Celsius while the winter cold on the other hand, multiple copies for easy remedies are natural and warm the body and immune system. Next time you're feeling unwell, try some of these Thai herbal remedies.

The first on our list is Ginger. Ginger is called "Khing" in Thai. It really is the "King" of the Southeast Asian herbs so it gets the No. 1 place on our list of effective remedies, even though it is very simple. Ginger is the most frequently used herb in Thai Herbal Medicine. Considered a "hot" herb it has been shown to stimulate circulation and reduces congestion. A simple tea may be made from either dried or fresh ginger root. I prefer to use fresh, which is generally available at most Asian or natural foods markets. To make the tea, you need about a thumb size piece of ginger. Wash then peel it, and add to a saucepan of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes. (Ginger, being a rhizome takes longer to brew than leafy herbs) Let cool to taste then strain. You may drink it as it or add some fresh lemon or honey to taste.

Format easy ginger tea is to add Thai chili with tea Pepper also considered an herb, "hot" in Thai medicine. High in vitamin C, it is considered as tonic for the body and helps to clear mucus congestion. Auay to add Thai chili when simmering, I usually add 2 of small red pepper. I recommend starting with one (Rule is a good small pepper, hotter than it is.) Do not cut or chopped chili, add the ginger and simmer for 15 minutes simmering water above. Add honey and fresh lime juice to taste.

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