Remember the old saying, ‘starve a fever, feed a cold’? If you eat a healthy diet with plenty of vitamin-rich fresh fruit and vegetables, your body will be better equipped to fight off cold germs. But if you do get the sniffles, tucking into spicy food could speed your recovery. The reason? Spices can stimulate the production of secretions that help soothe and unblock the airways. So if you enjoy a good curry, go for it!
If the sniffles strike, you could try using a traditional remedy. Duchy Herbals Echina-Relief Tincture contains long-established germ-fighter echinacea to relieve the symptoms of colds and ‘flu-like infections. Simply take 2.5ml in a glass of water two or three times a day.
Nelsons Coldenza – another natural remedy this time taken in tablet form – works by stimulating the body’s own healing processes to bring gentle and soothing relief from cold symptoms. The magic ingredient? Gelsemium, a yellow flowering climbing plant. Buy it in pharmacies and health food stores nationwide or online at Nelsons.
Granny was right: if you’re feeling below par, what you need right now is a nice cup of tea. Dr Stuart’s brand new Elderflower and Lemon Tea is a great immunity-booster that’s specially blended to help you fight off seasonal colds and flu. Elderflower has traditionally been used to treat upper respiratory tract conditions. Buy it at health food stores nationwide.
Need a winter pick-me-up? Sun Chlorella A has long been Japan’s most popular green food supplement – and it’s now available in the UK, too. The tablets contain vitamins B12 and B6, folic acid and iron to keep the body functioning effectively and boost oxygen levels in the blood. The result? Increased energy and immunity to colds. Buy it at online at Sun Chlorella
Feeling blocked up? Beat sinus congestion with Tisserand Head Clear Roll-On Remedy. It contains two organic essential oils: natural decongestant white mint, and lemon to lift the senses, clear the airways and ease head and sinus pain. Buy it online at Tisserand
Forget the horrible medicine you had as a child: cold syrup can actually taste quite nice! Pukka Herbs Organic Botanicals Elderberry Syrup contains a sweet and soothing blend of black elderberry, manuka honey, ginger and thyme. Buy it in health food stores nationwide.