It's that time of year again when everyone around you seems to be sick - cold and flu season is back. Traditional cold and flu relief can get expensive so here are some cheaper alternative remedies that will help you recover quickly.
Honey is your new best friend
Honey is not only great for soothing sore throats but it's also an effective cough suppressant. This is due to the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can be found in it.
Locally produced honey is best to use or manuka honey. For instant sore throat relief, you can simply eat a teaspoon of honey.
An easier way to take honey is to add some to herbal teas such as ginger and lemon or Yogi Tea's 'Throat Comfort' blend is a personal favourite that I couldn't live without.
Start inhaling steam
This may sound strange but breathing in steam from a warm bowl of water or from a facial steamer can help clear up congestion and is a quicker way of getting moisture to a dry, sore throat.
The simplest way to do this is to put warm water into a large bowl and place a towel over your head while you inhale the steam from it. Please ensure the water isn't boiling hot before you do this as you don't want to burn your face.
An easier method is to purchase a facial steamer, all you have to do is fill up the bottom of it with cold water and wait for the steam to start.
You can also add a few drops of essential oils such as eucalyptus to clear sinuses and relieve congestion or tea tree oil is a great all-rounder for colds. It's antiseptic and antimicrobial properties means it's great for coughs and sore throats.
I've had a facial steamer for years now and it is my go-to when I feel a cold coming on, plus if you play some music or a podcast while you're steaming it can be very relaxing.
Eat the right foods
When battling a cold or flu it's hugely important that you're eating and drinking the right foods that will help you recover quickly.
Make sure your eating foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, leafy greens and bell peppers and probiotics which can be found in yoghurts.
If you have the flu it's best to stick with a bland food diet as these are generally easier to digest and won't upset your stomach (bananas and rice are good options which can help soothe an upset stomach).
Herbal teas such as green or black tea are also great for fighting colds and flu due to the antibacterial properties that can be found in them.
Try drinking some green tea with a few teaspoons of honey, some sliced lemons and/or lemon juice and a small amount of fresh or dried ginger. This combination is amazing for fighting sore throats and sinus issues.
Do you have any natural remedies for colds and flu that we didn't mention?