Cold & Flu Busting Tips

Seasonal changes affect the body's environment and with the wind, rain, and snow (not such an issue in Sydney) comes the colds, flu, aches, and pains. According to TCM, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can work together to throw your immune system off, allowing pathogens to affect your body.

Here are a few tips to staying healthy this winter:

  • Wash your hands regularly
    Studies have shown that one of the main reasons that we catch colds and flu in the winter season is that we are indoors and in closer proximity to others in cold weather. Protect yourself by washing your hands regularly and try not to touch your face. Use a natural chemical free hand sanitiser.

  • Get plenty of sleep
    The Nei Ching, an ancient Chinese classic, advised people to go to sleep early and rise late, after the sun's rays have warmed the atmosphere a bit. This preserves your own yang energy for the task of warming in the face of cold.

  • Reduce stress
    Find a way to relax and release stress on a daily basis. Such methods may include yoga, meditation, biofeedback, simple relaxation therapy, or whatever method you use to release the stress and pressures of modern life.

  • Take immune boosting vitamins and minerals
    Such as vitamin C, bioflavonoids selenium, vitamin A and zinc to support your immune system and protect your mucous membranes and lungs.

  • Essential oils
    Used in diffusers, as inhalations or nasal sprays can be extremely effective to boost immunity and reduce mucous and congestion. Some of my favourites include eucalyptus, Oil of Oregano, Peppermint, Cloves and Thyme.

  • Herbal medicines are particularly effective during winter to support and build up our immune system
    Some of my favourites include:

    • Echinacea and Astragalus are our top herbs to build up your immune system and prevent colds and flu viruses;

    • Mushroom Extracts such as Reishi, Shitake, Cordyceps and Chaga have many health benefits not only do they build up and balance the immune system they also tone the adrenal glands and kidneys making them a welcome addition to your winter regime;

    • Elderberry is one of my all-time favourites to not only strengthen the immune system but is also highly effective against cold and flu viruses if taken in high doses in combination with vitamin C and zinc at first signs of cold and flu;

    • Andrographis and Cats Claw are my other favourites for immune support and balance;

    • Lung infections and coughs can be a lingering problem during winter and some of my favourite herbs for coughs include Plantain, Marshmallow, Elecampagne, Licorice, Mullein, Ginger and Wild Cherry Bark;

    • For upper respiratory complaints like sore throats, and sinus congestion or mucous I use Eyebright, Fenugreek, Horseradish, Cloves, Calendula, Golden Seal, Elder Flower and Wood Betony. These are best used in combination to get the best results.

I love using my liquid herbal concoctions for all winter complaints but there are also many good tablet and powder options available for all ages. For product recommendations or tailor made immune solutions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Remember take the time to stay well this winter!