Prevention is better than cure, however the same herbs that will strengthen immune function prior to getting a bug, will also help support the immune system if you are currently fighting off a cold or flu. Herbs you can use in cooking and that are also found in a herbal dispensary:
Garlic; anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-biotic, assists in killing or expelling intestinal worms and parasites, anti-oxidant an excellent herb for fighting a wide range of infection and boosting the immune system.
Ginger; anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, reduces the feeling of nausea, promotes sweating during fever, mild pain relief.
Thyme; antiseptic, anti-microbial, reduces spasm of muscles in the respiratory tract, suppresses cough reflex, facilitates the removal of excess mucous.
Peppermint; antibacterial, antiseptic to the gut, assists in killing or expelling intestinal worms and parasites, cooling, facilitates the removal of excess mucous, promotes sweating during fever.
Lemon balm; anti-viral (system and topically), anti-microbial, promotes sweating during fever.
Sage; anti-septic to the gut and respiratory system, cooling.
Elderberry/ elder flower; reduces to formation of mucous, promotes sweating during fever, cooling.
Blackberry; rich in vitamin C Lemons: rich source of vitamin C