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Be on your guard

PUBLISHED: 08:15 06 February 2014

Young woman having flu and blowing her nose at handkerchief

Young woman having flu and blowing her nose at handkerchief

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As well as preventing the spread of infection by making sure hands are washed thoroughly with soap, and tissues are discarded, make sure you have a vitamin-packed diet and don't skimp on the sleep. Tricia Stephenson, from the Complementary Health Care Clinic in Norwich, reveals some simple, natural ways to boost your immune system and keeps you and your family well this month.

Usually caused by a viral infection (although sometimes by bacteria called streptococcal) a sore throat – which is often accompanied by a nasty cold – can make everyone feel utterly miserable. For children, try to make learning how to gargle into a game. A little teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, gargled and spat out four times daily helps greatly. But if salt is unpopular, a blend of apple cider vinegar and honey mixed with a little warm water is a great gargle too.

Propolis is a wonderful healing tincture- originating like honey from the beehive. A few drops added to water is amazing! There are nice Propolis sweets too, which are soothing, healing and helpful to suck.

Remember the healing properties of a nice, hot cuppa – the warm liquid helps to relieve nasal congestion, while preventing dehydration, and soothes the inflamed mucous membranes lining the nose and throat. Use Vitamin C rich rosehip tea or blackcurrant, and remember to add the remarkable Manuka honey, which has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Steam clean! Although it does not kill the cold or flu virus, steam helps open the sinuses to enable you to breathe more easily. Add a few drops of Tea Tree oil or Po Ho Oil from Bioforce to some warm water, then drape a towel over the head to catch the steam. It is great for children too – although make sure you supervise and the water is a safe temperature – it will all go a long way to improving breathing.

Sambucol is a remarkable remedy made from delicious elderberry. It is easy to take and a great way to prevent infection in kiddies – and it keeps those bugs at bay!

Finally, if all else fails use Kaloba syrup, which is perfect for all ages. It is made naturally from pelargonium to reduce congestion and mucus.

www.shop-naturally.com; helpline 01603 613228.

The Complementary Health Care Clinic, 34 Exchange Street, Norwich; 01603 665173.

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