Tea and Sympathy – treating cold and flu


I am holed up today on the couch nursing a horrible head cold – yes, naturopaths get sick too sometimes- and I am watching the olympics. The irony is not lost on me that I am sneezing and coughing whilst watching the fittest of the fit battle it out.

I thought I would take this opportunity for a bit of ‘physician heal thy self’ and share with you my tips for getting back on track once you have been knocked over by cold or flu.

The best way to prevent sharing your germs is to get vigilant about hand washing and cleaning things that come into contact with you and your germs eg phones, computers, door handles etc.

Keep taking in fluids, especially Magic Flu Fighting Tea :

This fantastic tea supports the immune system and soothes coughs and sore throats: Bring 1 litre of water to the boil and add:

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger
  • 1 lemon sliced (leave skin on)
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 6 cloves
  • I like to steep these ingredients with rooibos tea for its immune boosting properties.It has also been used for many years for it’s calming affect on hayfever and respiratory conditions. Rooibos is also one of the only teas to contain zinc so drink up to your hearts content.

Continue to boil for 1 minute. Allow to cool slightly and drink the warm tea freely throughout the day.

* Take a zinc, vitamin A, C & E supplement.

* Think about herbal medicine to support immunity and to help you fight off the nasties – echinacea, andrographis and elderberry.

The table below helps you determine if you are dealing with a cold or flu – this is important as treatment options are very different.

Cold and Flu Table

If you are suffering with cold or flu why not call for a quick, acute problem, appointment which is shorter than a normal visit and can get you back to good health quickly and safely.

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