Keeping winter colds away

Natural remedies versus over the counter products.

At this time of year when we spend more time indoors with the heating on and windows closed we are more susceptible to coughs and colds. If our body is  low on antioxidants, we have long term illness or are stressed then our immune system can be compromised and we are more likely to catch these annoying germs. Children pick up coughs and colds more often as their immune systems are not fully formed and they are less likely to wash their hands after sneezing or cover their mouth when coughing.

Many people buy over the counter remedies but what are the ingredients are in these products?

Will they work?

Are they good for you?

Do you need them?

Pseudoephedrine – is a decongestant found in some cold and flu medications and can raise both blood glucose and blood pressure.

Corn syrup / sugar – can of course cause weight increase, be harmful to the teeth and may be an issue with diabetics.

Caffeine – can cause an accelerated heart rate, increased blood pressure, and heightened anxiety or nervousness.

Parabens – are known to be present in breast tumours can promote skin ageing and infertility in men

If all this information doesn’t sound good to you then there are some natural remedies without all the nasty ingredients and side effects that you may prefer to try.

Essential oils

Essential oils are the oils collected from plants, roots, petals and zest from fruit.

They are extracted in a number of different ways to collect the oils to use for therapeutic treatments and or to promote a pleasant aroma. They can be used in a number of different ways depending on your preference.

1. Inhalation

2. Diffuser

3. Massage

4. Chest rub

5. Compress

6. Gargle

7. Steam inhalation

8. Bath


Oils that are good for coughs and colds are:

1.Tea tree,  Anti viral. Antiseptic. Antibacterial

2. Eucalyptus, Antiseptic. Anti-inflammatory

3. Lavender, Inflammation. Tension.

4. Ginger, Aches and pains. Colds

5. Ravensara, Antiseptic. Anti-viral

Aromatherapy massage can be very helpful to keep coughs and colds away as relaxing the body and helping it to detox will keep your immune system higher.



Garlic has been used for centuries to ward off germs and illness. It is best eaten raw. Allicin is a compound in garlic that helps to reduce inflammation and increase antioxidants in the body.

To get the best results

1. Eat raw

2. If cooking with garlic chop it up and leave to stand for 10 minutes first

3. Use at least on clove with each meal.



It is important to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, water is the best as it is absorbed into the body easily. Hot water with lemon, honey and turmeric is also very beneficial.


Amla (Organic Gooseberry)

A native fruit  to India  contains up to 20 times more vitamin C than other fruits. Can be eaten raw or made into a drink.


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