Moroccan Cold Remedies

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Moroccan Cold Remedies
Herbal medicine is an integral aspect of Moroccan culture. (mint tea for two image by ros images from

If you are suffering from a cold or influenza, there are herbal remedies within the field of Moroccan folk medicine that may fight your infection. Many of these herbal remedies are available in Western countries and, traditionally, are taken as an herbal tea or with food. When used internally every day, these Moroccan herbs and spices may alleviate symptoms and support overall health. Always check with your doctor before taking any herbs.

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Mint Leaves

Fresh spearmint leaves, or Mentha spicata, infused with green tea is a popular national drink in Morocco. When taken during a cold, this combination is useful for treating sore throats, spasmodic coughs, fever, nausea and digestive complaints. The combination of mint and green tea provides extra antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions for the respiratory and digestive systems.

Moroccan Cold Remedies
Spearmint also is known as the sage of Bethlehem and is native to Central Europe. (mint tea image by ros images from

Black Cumin Seeds

Black cumin, or Nigella sativa, is a popular folk remedy used in Morocco as a panacea for a range of diseases and conditions. Science now supports several of these traditional uses, as research shows black cumin possesses anti-inflammatory and immunostimulating properties. In a study titled Immunomodulatory and Therapeutic Properties of the Nigella Sativa L. Seed, published in the journal "International Immunopharmacology" in 2005, Mohamed Labib Salem discovered black cumin was capable of stimulating the immune system in humans. Increasing white blood cells during an infection helps fight pathogens and reduce time spent ill.

Moroccan Cold Remedies
Black cumin, a native plant from the Mediterranean to East India, is widely used in Morocco for cooking and medicine. (Background of cumin texture macro image by Marek Kosmal from


Wormwood, or artemisisa absinthium, is an herbal infusion in Morocco often combined with mint leaves. During a cold, wormwood can be taken as a tea and gargled to soothe a sore throat. Plant chemicals within wormwood have antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. While not specifically antiviral, drinking wormwood can help reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract and prevent secondary bacterial infections during a cold.

Wormwood is native to Eurasia and northern Africa.
Wormwood is native to Eurasia and northern Africa. (Alexander Hill near Pereslavl image by Nata from

Cayenne Peppers

Cayenne peppers, or Capsicum annuum, are effective in reducing fevers, fighting bacterial and viral infections and breaking down phlegm in the respiratory tract. Cayenne contains quantities of a plant chemical called capsaicin. This chemical acts to block the replication of viruses and improve the immune system of humans when taken internally. Cayenne peppers are added to Moroccan cuisine as a spice and to prevent food poisoning.

Moroccan Cold Remedies
Cayenne peppers are native to South and Central America. (cayenne pepper image by Simone van den Berg from

Ginger Root

Ginger root, or Zingiber officinale, is a common herb used in spicy Moroccan cooking. Medicinally, ginger root contains essential oils and other plant chemicals that can benefit the common cold or flu. According to Kerry Bones, author of "The Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs," ginger root is anti-inflammatory, reduces phlegm, fights pathogens, stimulates immune function, reduces fever and alleviates nausea. Bones recommends an infusion of the fresh root for treating the common cold.

Moroccan Cold Remedies
Ginger root is native to Southeast Asia. (ginger spice image by Neelrad from

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