This week, so many of our clients have been struggling to fight off colds and flu. If you're starting to feel unwell, struggling with a sore throat or in the full throes of a nasty infection, there are plenty of natural ways that you can help yourself to recover and give your immune system a boost.
1. Eat raw honey & bee pollen
Honey and bee pollen contain antibacterial properties that help to fight infection and ease a cough. They are particularly useful during the early stages of a cold, so as soon as you feel the symptoms begin, start adding bee pollen and honey to your daily diet. If you can get it, always opt for raw honey as it has far more of the beneficial enzymes and yeast than commercial, pasturised honey.
Top tip: for a real anti-cold remedy try our ginger, lemon and raw honey tea.
2. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is a great habit to get into to prevent viral infections and to fend them off during autumn and winter, but be warned - it's a little eccentric. Essentially, oil puling involves putting a small piece of coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it around for 20 minutes. It's not as hard as it sounds and it leaves your mouth feeling super fresh. It's also meant to help whiten teeth too. The idea is that bacteria from the mouth sticks to the oil and then gets spat out, preventing it from entering the body and the blood stream.
Top tip: do your oil pulling while taking a shower
3. Cold water shower
It might not be what you want to hear, but turning the water to cold for 30 seconds when you take a shower will give your lymphatic drainage system a really big boost. Your lymphatic system is responsible for producing the cells that fight infections in your body and for removing waist products, such as dead viral cells. Having a really healthy lymphatic system can be a big weapon in keeping you healthy throughout winter. Ideally, finish your shower with a cold rinse. This will also give your skin a boost by closing the pores and will have the helpful affect of kickstarting your bodies own heating system, so you will actually feel warmer once you get out of the shower.
4. Grapefruit seed extract
A little bottle of grapefruit seed extract will last you for years. Add a few drops to a glass of water whenever you start to feel unwell. It has powerful antiviral properties and also gives you a boost of Vitamin C which will help your immune system.
We had to say it! Reflexology can be a big help with boosting your immune response and encouraging lymphatic drainage. If your sinuses are blocked a little work on the toes could help to clear your passages and ease swelling and working on the lung area can help to promote healing from chest infections and enduring coughs.