This weeks edition of Hood Health 101 gives you a listing of herbs that will help you keep those colds at bay!

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As we approach the winter solstice we understand that the climate changes can wreak havoc on our immune system. Being proactive and preparing for colds early in light of the encroaching winter weather is important. After all, no one wants to be out of school or work sick for a week because it has the ability to affect an individuals livelihood financially. So I have added a list of herbs and remedies that you can take to help defend yourself against a cold or the flu this season.

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • ACV is an alkalizing food. It increases the alkalinity of the body helping it to fight colds and its symptoms. All you need to do is to mix a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water, honey, and lemon, and drinking the concoction several times a day.

Vitamin C

  • Works great as a vitamin that boosts your immune system. Some experts according to Natural News recommend taking up to 2,000mg or more of non-genetically-modified ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate every two hours while symptoms are present.


  • Raw honey has antiviral, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. These properties make honey an amazing cold remedy.


  • This herb has been proven in studies to reduce chances of colds by at least 50% and shorten colds by days, just with supplementation. Echinacea activates T-cells and stimulates the immune system as well.


  • If you have a cold that affects your stomach then ginger is perfect for you. It has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes the expelling toxins through the body perspiration.

Cayenne Powder

  • Is an anti-microbial, painkiller, and an expectorant. Cayenne can prevent colds and the flu as well as shorten the duration of a cold.


Herbal Honey


1 cup raw honey

1/4 cup dried powdered herb

Sterilized, dry jar and lid



Place honey and herbs into sterilized, dry jar and place into a double boiler over low heat.

Heat for 15 to 20 minutes (being sure not to let the honey boil or scorch)

Stir, then remove from heat and cool.

When completely cooled, seal and store.

Honey can be used immediately, but for a stronger honey, leave plant material in honey for 2 weeks before using.


Aside from herbal remedies, getting plenty of rest, taking your multivitamins, and drinking plenty of water will help to ward off colds and the flu. Washing your hands and covering your mouth as you cough will go a long way as well. In the end the best way to beat a cold is to prevent it from happening initially. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @NakeashaJ and on Instagram @Melanated_Beauty.

-Nakeasha Johnson (@NakeashaJ)

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