Licorice root KOS colds!
Its key compound, glycyrrhizin, staves off winter ills by stopping the growth of bacteria and viruses and increasing your own infection-fighting interferon. And if you do happen to get sick? “It can shorten the duration and ease your symptoms by thinning mucus, making coughs more productive and easing inflammation to end congestion,” says herbalist Brigitte Mars, author of The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing— a reason it’s one of the most widely used Kampo herbs. One option: Alvita Organic Licorice Root tea, $5.79, Vitaminshoppe.com.