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The best natural cold remedies according to a naturopath

Survive the end of cold season with these immune-boosting natural ingredients

If you’ve made it through winter so far without a common cold, you’re probably cheering, because the pesky virus is one of the most annoying ailments to catch. It presents itself as the old, not sick enough to stay at home but miserable enough to annoy anyone willing to listen, conundrum. And let’s not even mention the need to use up that entire tissue box before lunch. Traditionally we’ve reached for cold and flu tablets to help stifle the sniffles, however there are some powerful natural cold remedies you – or your family – can turn to instead.

Here naturopath and author Anthia Koullouros reveals her cold and flu fighting secrets.

ELDERBERRY

“I like it because of its immune boosting power. It contains active ingredients like anthocyanins – a bioflavanoid that can soothe inflammation and irritation and also act as an expectorant – which is the soothing of air passages to soothe a cough,’’ Anthia says.

How to use it; Choose organic dried elderberries to make an infusion. Steep 1 teaspoon per cup of boiled water for 3-5 minutes and drink 3 times per day.

MANUKA HONEY

“Sourced from New Zealand, Manuka honey has unique properties not found in ordinary honey. It is traditionally used as an anti-bacterial and is proven to inhibit the development of strep throat,”says Anthia. 

How to use it; In the same way you use regular honey – try it drizzled in lemon and hot water

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

“Olive leaf extract is an immune- bolstering antioxidant that provides an extra boost in winter. The active ingredient is Oleuropein – a polyphenol compound which is one of the most powerful antioxidants around. Antioxidants help to reduce free-radical activity – which may be associated with a weaker immune system,’’ says Anthia.

“Look for an olive leaf extract that is Australian made and fresh-picked to ensure it is as close to nature as possible.”

How to use it; Available in capsules or as an oil

 

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