Instead of reaching for cold and flu tablets this winter, here are some natural ways to get back to good health, quickly.
A herb traditionally used throughout India and Asia for the treatment of colds, Andographis paniculata is used widely by herbalists for treating and preventing colds and flu, and to boost the immune system. Available from health food stores.
This immune-boosting herb is beneficial for treating and preventing colds and flu, and fighting infections. Take as a tea, tablet or liquid tincture.
Garlic contains allicin, which has powerful immune-enhancing properties, as well as vitamins and minerals needed for healthy immune function. Garlic has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, offering protection against colds and flu. Eat two to three crushed garlic cloves a day.
Taking a vitamin C supplement (3g to 5g a day) and including foods rich in vitamin C (citrus fruits, kiwifruit, strawberries, broccoli) helps strengthen immunity and reduce the risk of colds and flu.
Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and herbal teas, and consuming nutritious vegie juices (carrot, beetroot, celery, ginger, apple) and soups.
Reduce mucus-forming foods
Limit foods such as dairy products, soy milks and sugary, processed foods that increase the production of mucus, which can exacerbate nasal and chest congestion.