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Our tips for fighting flu this winter

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Winter classics like flu, bronchitis or sinusitis come with a host of symptoms including sore throats, coughs, runny noses, fatigue, headaches and fever. But how can you tell the difference between flu-like symptoms and the rest? Flu symptoms are more violent, and hang around longer too. Here are our tips for fighting this particularly aggressive virus.

Relieving flu symptoms

Flu symptoms – fever, coughing, sore throats, aching joints, headaches, and tiredness – can last up to a week. During this period, a few 100% natural remedies will help relieve your symptoms while you’re waiting out the illness.

6 ways to fight flu:

  • Take elderflower or elderberry supplements, known for their antiviral properties
  • Try eucalyptus: it helps soothe coughs and sore throats
  • Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration caused by fever
  • Opt for arnica to minimise aching joints and stiffness
  • Use peppermint, which has decongestant properties, to clear a stuffy nose
  • Get lots of sleep to help your body fight the virus

Reinforce your immune system

In winter, cold and stress work to weaken your immune system, which means it has trouble resisting viruses. So what can you do to escape the reach of flu and other viruses? Use plant treatments to boost your immune defences.

4 tips for a virus-free winter:

  • Take lots of vitamin C: it helps reinforce your immune system
  • Give ginseng a go: it helps the body adapt to stress, boosting the immune system
  • Incorporate thyme into your routine: with its anti-infection properties, it help with coughs, respiratory infections, ENT problems and the flu
  • Get active: exercise increases your body temperature, which activates the immune system

Avoiding infections

The flu is transmitted through direct contact, like a kiss or a handshake, but also through fine drops of saliva in the air. During flu epidemics, certain measures are key to preventing contagion.

5 ways to prevent the spread of germs:

  • Air out rooms to refresh the air
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Avoid close contact with those suffering from the flu
  • Use disposable tissues
  • Disinfect objects used by flu sufferers

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