I often get asked ‘Do natural cold and flu remedies really work?’ As an aromatherapist I truly believe that the right essential oils used in the correct dosage - can really help with all sorts of ailments along with other natural aids.
As the Winter flu seems to be going around again - I thought I would share my five top tips for fighting flu naturally.
My number one recommendation to help recover quickly from a cold or flu virus is to keep drinking plenty of water.
Much like after having a massage - by drinking lots of water you can help flush your lymphatic system and remove the toxins and germs out of your system. (Equally important to help drainage is using an extra pillow when you sleep.)
Especially if you have a cough, steam is a wondrous aid - especially if you are having a coughing fit. I find a steam filled room so helpful - simply leave your shower running, allow the steam to fill the air and breathe it in for as long as you need. Alternatively fill a basin with boiling water and carefully cover your head with a towel - it’s a wonderful decongestant.
The same principle works with a humidifier - especially when you are sleeping - dry air can really irritate your lungs - the moist air will help prevent the need to cough, so hopefully you can gain more rest.