Uncommon cures for the common cold this winter in Chicago



For centuries, herbalists have prescribed Echinacea to help fight infection. Some research indicates that Echinacea boosts the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells.

Mom’s tip: Amanda Blake Soule, the mother and blogger behind the popular website Soule Mama, uses Echinacea in her “Feel Better Pop” recipe. Soule has found that her children are reluctant to drink plain herbal teas, so she brews up a medicinal tea, mixes it with juice and pours the mixture into Popsicle molds. To cool a fever, Soule uses a combination of licorice, Echinacea and lemon grass.

Dr. Walsh: “From a strictly medical perspective, we need more evidence before we can conclude that Echinacea does or does not work.”

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