Well the obvious answer is don’t get sick in the first place. How tothat is build up your immunity with probiotics, (found naturally in yoghurt, Kefir, Kombucha, saurkraut and other ferments or supplement with Udo’s 8, Udo’s 5 or similar supplements). Listen to your body and be kind to yourself. Its ok to back out of commitments if your not feeling 100%. The world will revolve without you.
Yet even with the best intentions we may succumb to a seasonal cold or flu. Then the best thing to do is to stop, drink plenty of fluids and go to bed. A hot epsom salts bath with some tea tree (antisceptic properties) and euculyptus will help sweat the invading microbes out of the body. A hot drink of a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and a teaspoon or more of honey (ideally local honey or manuka and only added when the water is cooler not boiling) will aid the bodies recovery. High dose vitamin C also has it place hear you can follow the recommended dosage or check out Patrick Holfords recommendations on same.
Garlic has many medicinal qualities and is especially effective when taking chopped and raw. Should you not wish to ingest it you can chop some cloves and leave in olive oil for 3 days then massage your body especially soles of feet to gain benefit (ideal for young children). Soaking sock in apple cider vinegar and putting on feet will help draw down a spiking temperature. Olive leaf extract (active ingredient oleuropein) is a highly potent antioxidant, over 290 times more powerful than vitamin C and is reknowned for its anti-viral , antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is a natural broad spectrum antibiotic and inhibits oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol.
Unfortunately one of te most effective herbal remedies Ive ever been blessed to find was taking off our health shops selves a few years ago. The reason Kaloba (active ingredient Pelargonium sidoides, root extract) was taking off the selves is that it is so effective as a decongestant that Irish people in need of nannying would be in danger of over dosing by taking an effective herbal remedy combined with pharmeacutical medicines. Luckily the poplulations of the UK and rest of the EU dont recquire such precautions and its widely available there.
Make a big tea pot of organic lemon squeeze into pot, and add rind to boiling water and slice up slices of raw ginger and allow brew for 5-10. Add honey to cup to taste when serving (it is best not to overheat honey as you change its valuable properties). The lemon has over 15 different healthy benefits and the ginger is antiflammatory combined with the antibacterial health boosting benefits of honey. Drink this tea all day every day until you are 100% back to your healthy and happy