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How to Fight off Cold and Flu Naturally
The cooler months mean snuggly pjs, piping hot chocolate, and unfortunately, cold and flu season... To help give you the best chance against getting a cold, I've put together this guide to the best natural cold and flu remedies.
There's a lot to love about winter time - nights in with the family, a toasty fire, snuggly pyjamas and hot chocolate, but something no one at all loves about winter is cold and flu season! I absolutely hate getting sick with yucky viruses that can be passed around the whole family, but cold and flu season is sadly often inevitable with the change in seasons. Rather than waiting for a cold to hit our family though I actually like to boost my immune system as much as possible to help ensure my body is stronger and more resistant to illness during the winter months. I prefer to take natural supplements, drink special organic teas and make use of essential oils, but I recommend checking with your health care practitioner or medical professional if you have any concerns about illnesses in your family.
Natural cold and flu supplements
One of the most effective natural cold and flu supplements is the Kiwiherb Immuneguard, which actually works to help prevent you getting sick in the first place. This powerful immunity fluid contains a boosted blend of potent ingredients including Manuka Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Peppermint, Liquorice and Orange and Lemon to help strengthen and protect your immune system and help your body resist illness during the winter months. Certified organic, gluten free and vegan, it can be diluted in water daily. Use only as directed. Always read the label.
Fusion Health Cold & Flu Tablets
Another great supplement is the Fusion Health Cold & Flu Tablets, which are designed to help fight cold and flu symptoms, lessen the length and severity of the illness and support long-term immune health. These Australian made, gluten free, nut free and vegan tablets contain a herbal blend of Magnolia Flower, Honeysuckle, Platycodon and Echinacea to help soothe symptoms such as excessive mucus, sore throat, muscle aches, chills and fever.
Weleda Cold & Flu Pilules
Ideal taken as soon as you start to feel a cold coming on, the Weleda Cold & Flu Pilules can help to reduce symptoms such as congestion, a runny nose, headaches and sneezing. This herbal blend combinies Aconite, Eucalyptus and Sabadilla to help provide effective relief from illness. To use, allow 15 pilules to dissolve under your tongue every two hours. Also suitable for children - check with your health care professional before use.
If congestion is really getting you down, I recommend the Kiwiherb De-Stuff. Formulated specifically to ease congestion in the nose, ears and sinuses as well as help with mild upper respiratory tract infections, this soothing herbal blend contains Ribwort, Elderflower, Echinacea and Peppermint in a base of Organic Apple Juice concentrate for a deliciously pleasant taste. A tingling or numbing sensation can actually occur in the mouth immediately after taking this due to the potency of the Echinacea - this is totally normal! This is certified organic, gluten free and vegan, and can be taken daily diluted in water. Use only as directed. Always read the label.
Essential oils for blocked nose
Black Chicken Remedies Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler - Respire
A favourite essential oil blend of mine for helping with congestion is the Black Chicken Remedies Nasalette™ Essential Oil Inhaler - Respire, which I actually keep in my handbag and by my bedside during winter for easy use as it contains a potent blend of stimulating, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oils including Peppermint, Lemongrass, Ginger and Eucalyptus. Designed to help clear the nose and provide a boost of energy, this natural personal inhaler is used by being placed below each nostril while you breathe in deeply. It's also totally refillable with the matching Black Chicken Remedies Respire Essential Oil Blend.
Little Innoscents - Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend
If your nose is particularly blocked, try using an essential oil blend to help you breathe that bit easier. I love adding the Little Innoscents - Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend to a diffuser or even putting a few drops in the bath to help clear congested airways as it contains refreshing Eucalyptus, Lemon, Spearmint, Peppermint and Tea Tree Oils to help open up nasal passages, target headaches and clarify the mind.
Natural tea for cold and flu
Pukka Tea - Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey
One of my favourite warming teas for cold and flu season is the Pukka Tea - Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey. This delicious tea contains a spicy blend of zesty Lemon, Ginger and Turmeric as well as sweet Manuka Honey, and is perfect for soothing sore or scratchy throats, clearing a blocked nose and boosting the immune system. Natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, this potent tea is best enjoyed as soon as you feel a cold coming on.
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