The change in season marks an increase in colds and flu, so why not try to tackle it head on before you get struck down?
There are a few natural ways you can boost your chance of dodging the dreaded cold or flu and
Azam Kassim, founder of Hab Shifa, shares his top natural cold and flu-beating fixes.
Gargle salt and water
Not only is this simple mix great for when you have a sore throat, Azam says it’s great as a preventative, too.
“It pulls out viral fluids from the throat area,” he explains. “Use 1/2 a teaspoon of salt into 1/2 glass of warm water and gargle twice daily.”
Black seed oil
“This little-known oil has been scientifically proven to increase the body’s immune response to colds, flus and sinusitis, as well as asthma and bronchial inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties,” Azam explains.
Black seed oil can be taken via liquid or capsule form orally, he adds.
Garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties, and is considered a powerful antioxidant that can help ward of sickness.
“Garlic is packed with micronutrients beneficial to combatting a cold or flu, such as minerals, enzymes and vitamin C and it’s easy to include in your meals (alongside chilli if you’re extra brave),” Azam suggests.
Azam recommends peppermint, lemon and ginger, and chamomile teas to help boost immunity.
“Sipping on hot liquid can also just generally make you feel good, and even better when you drop a teaspoon of honey into the tea for an extra antiviral hit,” he adds.
Although we already use oregano in many food dishes, Azam says oregano oil is great for helping to guard against colds and flus.
“Not many know that in its essential oil form oregano actually has powerful antimicrobial properties and can be used to treat respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, the flu, sore throats and bronchitis,” he says.
Note: All advice is general and any specific changes should be cleared with your personal GP.