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Coughing? Sneezing? Scratchy throat? Forget popping pills – more people are turning to traditional and natural remedies to help relieve cold and flu symptoms.

One of the first lines of defence against colds and flu viruses is a strong and healthy immune system. There are many natural and herbal remedies which can help support and boost healthy immune function.

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In addition to a strong immune system, the digestive tract plays a big role in the body’s immune function, and maintaining a balanced digestive health is crucial to the body’s overall wellbeing as it helps bolster the body’s natural defences.

The benefit of natural and traditional remedies is that they can assist and enhance a healthy immune function and help relieve symptoms, so look for these ingredients when you need to boost your immunity.

Black Elderberry

A traditional herb cold remedy herb with natural antioxidant properties. A special black elderberry preparation was found in preliminary clinical trials to be of help with relieving flu symptoms and duration.



Echinacea

Has been used traditionally to help fight infections. It can help supports a healthy immune system. Specific Echinacea purpurea preparations have also been found to assist with relieving symptoms and help shorten the duration of the common cold.



Garlic

The traditional herb Garlic is also known for its antimicrobial and immune enhancing properties. Traditionally Garlic has been used as a warming and blood cleansing herb to help reduce risk and relieve coughs, colds and flu symptoms.



Liquorice

A herbal medicine which can be found in many traditional cough and cold medicines, due to its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and expectorant properties.



Willow bark

Is known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic properties. It has been used in traditional herbal medicine to help with fever, flu symptoms, and headaches.



Vitamin C

A powerful antioxidant and has been found to have an immune- stimulating effect. It can assist in reducing the duration of cold symptoms.



Zinc

Involved in many aspects and essential for healthy immune function.



Vitamin A or Beta-carotene

Beta-carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential in maintaining the structural and functional integrity of the immune system and mucous membrane health as barriers against bacteria and viruses.


What are your favourite natural remedies to fight cold and flu symptoms?