Natural Remedies

With the start of autumn we have also officially entered the season of cold & flu. Runny (or blocked) nose, cough, headache etc. – we all dreading those common symptoms. Colds and especially flu cannot only make us feel extremely unwell but also disrupt the routine of everyday life. Our work, personal life, commitments it all gets affected in a negative way when we become bed bound with a pack of tissues to our side.

So what can we do to protect ourselves from the cold and the flu? And can we avoid a trip to pharmacy if you happen to catch it?

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Honey

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Adding honey to tea will do much more than just relief a sore throat. Honey is also extremely effective in reducing intensity of coughs. Its properties are comparable with active ingredients of a cough syrup! (No pharmacy visit required.)

Note: If you are looking for a vegan cough relief substitute you may want to give a marshmallow root a try.

Marshmallow Root

Although originally used to treat digestive and respiratory conditions, a study back in 2005 confirmed that herbal cough syrup containing marshmallow root was found effective in relieving coughs. Marshmallow root may also prove helpful in soothing sore throats.

The herb is available both as a powder and root pieces.  Brew a tea and let it do its magic.

Ginger

This warming spice has been recognised as effective remedy for many health issues and this include cold viruses. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties it also helps to ease symptoms.

Garlic

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It’s beneficial to add garlic to pretty much everything  (as long as you like it of course!). Known for its antibacterial properties it helps the immune system to fight infections. The cold fighting compound in garlic is thought to be allicin, which offers antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Lemon

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Full of Vitamin C, lemon it doesn’t only reduce congestion but also helps to build up resistance to colds. What’s more it noticeably accelerates the healing process.

Note: If you choose to prepare hot water/lemon drink bear in mind that you shouldn’t add lemon to boiling water as it will lose Vitamin C. So if you want to enjoy the health benefits of the drink let the water cool off a bit first.

Natural remedies can be really effective in treating symptoms of both, cold and flu.

It’s worth remembering that prevention is always better than cure. So try to strengthen your immune system early and fight the cold & flu before it had a chance to affect you. And instead of visiting a pharmacy, give the nature a go first!

Karolina Scott