Natural Remedies To Treat The Winter Bug, Colds And Flu

First Posted: 27/12/2011 12:33 GMT Updated: 27/12/2011 12:45 GMT

Is it us, or is everyone suffering from the post-Christmas winter bug?

If you're surrounded by a sea of sniffles, coughs and splutters you're not alone. Every December, straight after the Christmas madness, thousands of Brits catch the festive flu, due to our immune system taking a nose dive due to all the excessive festive binge-eating and drinking.

So, if you want to see the New Year in with a bang instead of a wheeze, take a look at these natural remedies that battle the bugs without any chemicals or nasties.

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  • Natural Remedies For Colds And Flu

  • Garlic

    Garlic is well known for its immune system benefits and is best eaten raw or crushed in soups and hot drinks. Garlic combats snotty noses by releasing a compound called allicin, which is full of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

  • Celery

    If you're struggling to get a good night's sleep, tackle the problem with a stick of celery. Celery contains phthalidesm which has sedative powers and helps the body shut off and rest easy during the night.

  • Thyme

    A great natural remedy for respiratory disorders as it helps to release mucus from the body. It is also an antispasmodic which helps relax bronchial tubes, clearing the airways. Brew a cup of thyme tea or use it as an oil to treat chesty coughs or emphysema.

  • Leafy Greens

    Nosebleeds can be a symptom of cold and flu. Prevent this from happening by adding leafy greens to your diet. Packed with Vitamin K, greens fortify sensitive capillaries and help your blood clot quickly if you have a nose bleed.

  • Jujube Tea

    Jujube tea is rich in Vitamin C and great for the immune system and is widely used for relieving aching throat muscles.

  • Carrots

    Carrots are ideal for treating cold-induced headaches as they contain beta-carotene, which can reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain. Chop them up and put in a stew, grate them on top of a salad or blend them to create a headache-friendly soup.

  • Nuts

    We already know that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/11/22/eating-protein-instead-of-sugar-keeps-you-awake_n_1107273.html?ref=uk-lifestyle" target="_hplink">proteins are best for boosting mid-afternoon energy slumps</a>, and they work just as well with energy-zapping colds and flu. A handful of raw nuts helps give the body a well needed energy boost, especially almonds and walnuts.

  • Lavender

    When the flu bug strikes, chances are the lack of sleep, appetite and constant nose blowing will begin to wear you down. Lavender is great for calming the nerves and relieving feelings of anxiety and stress. Use either dried lavender to scent the room or apply lavender oil on your pulse points for an instant calming boost.

  • Pineapple

    A low immune system can lead to weakened digestive system. Strengthen it by using pineapple which helps reduce intestinal inflammation and speeds the breakdown of protein, reducing gas and discomfort.

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