Home remedies to fight colds and flu

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Buchu

Karin McCann, researcher at Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals, says a regular dose of Buchu is great for you. Fight the usual runny nose, sore throat with this ‘wonder herb’ containing vitamins A, B and E and a host of Bioflavonoids and Anti-Oxidants.

Ginger

The health benefits of ginger root have been around for centuries, but now there is scientific proof of its curative properties. A few slices of raw ginger root in boiling water may help soothe a cough or sore throat; you can even add honey as it holds antibacterial properties and makes for better taste.

Garlic

It may not smell great but garlic contains the compound allicin, which may have antimicrobial properties. Adding a garlic supplement to your diet might reduce the severity of cold symptoms.

Oranges

Vitamin C is your best friend to fight colds and flu that orange, lemons and green leafy vegetables are high in. So eat an orange a day and you might skip the doctor’s visits.

Steam

This old trick works – pour just-boiled water into a large bowl, add five to 10 drops thyme oil or eucalyptus oil. Keep your eyes closed as you breathe in the steam to fight congestion.

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