Don’t sniffle your way through the next three months: go natural!
The chilly season is upon us! And with it comes coughs, colds, flu and general malaise. But there are better ways to spend your cash than on doctor’s bills. Here’s our simple guide to fighting winter bugs naturally…
Clear That Congestion
Stuffy nose? Chesty cough? Steam inhalations are great for relieving congestion. Simply fill a bowl with hot (not boiling) water and add a few drops of your chosen essential oil. Place a towel over your head and breathe in the steam over the bowl.
- Aniseed, Bay Leaf, Eucalyptus, Red Thyme and Pine are great for clearing mucous and catarrh.
- Tea tree, Manuka, Cajeput and Lemon are antimicrobials, which means they help to treat infections of the nose, throat and sinuses.
Boost The Immune System
When taken daily, Vitamin C powder not only helps to shorten the duration of cold and flu symptoms, it reduces the chance of you getting sick in the first place. And that’s not all:: Vitamin C is needed for manufacturing collagen in the body and clearing out free radicals, plus hundreds of other biological processes!
Manuka honey is 100% grown in New Zealand and famous all over the world. It’s a proven immune-booster thanks to its natural antibacterial properties, and rich in amino acids, B vitamins and minerals. Take alone on a teaspoon or mix with ginger, lemon and hot water. Great for soothing an inflamed throat. Manuka honey can also boost energy, improve digestion and treat topical skin infections!
Echinacea is another of nature’s remedies for keeping bugs at bay. Kiwiherb Echinature is a high-potency herbal formulation standardised for Alkylamides, the main active constituent in Echinacea. Studies show that Echinacea helps to support the immune system and reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections.
Nourish The Body
Superfood powders are a fantastic way to supplement your diet with real vitamins and minerals – especially when fresh fruit and vegetables aren’t at hand. Acai, Beetroot, Kale and Spirulina are packed with amazing nutrients that you just can’t get in a tablet! And because they’re from real food, your body absorbs them more readily. Best of all, they taste great – simply add to smoothies, beverages, baking or desserts!