Lovely Spring herb and yoghurt soup (by Anna Jones' - Guardian)
Artemesia annua, sweet wormwood cures 18 critically ill patients of Malaria in a Congo clinic
Garlic is a warm pungent herb. It’s warm, dispersing energy can help to relieve productive coughs (where this is lots of phlegm).
Chamomile significantly lowered Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms than placebo, with significant reductions in body weight and mean arterial blood pressure.
Medicinally, its qualities are; antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-fungal and carminative, (carminative means wind reducing). It has a long history of being used for respiratory disorders. It is used particularly for dry, irritating types of coughs.
Foods high in flavonoids such as berries and apples can help to prevent weight gain according to the following article
Ginger - Zingiber Officinale– a warming, stimulating and pungent herb – just what we need to off-set the cold and damp of winter. Good to add to soups, stews and casseroles.
A slice or two of fresh ginger in hot water has a warming affect, helpful to take at the onset of a cold, it induces sweating and helps bring down a fever (this is known as a diaphoretic action).
Two Immune enhancing Soup Recipes for late Autumn/Early Winter
Elderberries have anti-viral qualities – which in many cases can help to shorten the length of colds and flu.*
Approx 500 grms of fresh elderberries cleaned from their stalks – or 250 grms of dried Elderberries (available mail order from Baldwins**)
Hawthorn Berries – Crataegus laevigata or monogyna – Rose family – a tonic rich in flavonoids which are beneficial to our circulatory system
The deep, jewel-like red of hawthorn berries are adorning the field edges and lower storeys of our local woodland at the moment. Throughout the ages these berries have been used for food and medicine. They are one of our native hedgerow
Used in Herbal Medicine for: Used mainly for heartburn, acid reflux and
inflammation of the stomach and duodenum – for this purpose Herbalists often combine it with other herbs such as chamomile and/or mallow root. Externally, its anti-inflammatory action helps to relieve stiff and aching joints and muscles. Makes a good salve, especially when combined with other healing herbs such as comfrey - see my website for further details if you wish to obtain such a salve.
Elderflower – Sambucus nigra
Elder is a very common small tree with creamy flowers, found all over Britain. It is often found near old cottages, farmhouses, field edges, waste ground and railway embankments. For those not familiar with the elder: the flowers are arranged as flat topped bunches of tiny five-petalled flowers, the leaf shape is an elongated oval which is serrated.