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Be the Woman You Want to Be by Elisabeth Wilson, Infinite Ideas

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74. Winter woes

Few of us get through winter without a single cold.

But with a little herbal help you can arm yourself against infection, stop a starting cold in its tracks or, at the very least, limit the damage.

There’s usually a moment when a shivery, chilly sensation warns you that a cold is on its way in. That first shiver is a sign that the viruses are already multiplying, and the battle against a cold is won or lost at this stage.

Top of any herbalist’s list of great anti-cold herbs is garlic, famous in folk medicine across the planet for its protective and immune-boosting powers. It’s also been more closely scrutinised by scientists than any other medicinal plant. Take the fresh cloves in heroic quantities and that cold won’t stand ...

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