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The Flu Season Cometh


As we all know, winter and flu season approaches, and no one likes to be sick (unless you are still at school, hate your job, or have Münchausen Syndrome). Anyway, as your prevention method, keep your hands clean, get vaccinated and consider assembling a simple home care kit for survival. This will consist mostly of products that are routine medicines available over the counter; fever and pain relievers, nasal sprays and decongestants and antihistamines. Keep the thermometer and tissues handy, drink plenty of water, juice and soup and listen to your body! Rest.

For those of us who choose the herbal route, the products listed below offer a good guideline. All dosages are included on product packaging or inserts, or consult your health practitioner.

A.Vogel Echinaforce is viewed as one of the best herbal remedies for winter. It comes in tablet and tincture form and modulates the immune system thereby enabling it to work at its optimum. It can be taken over a period of time to improve immune function or as a preventive against colds and flu.

The Nativa range is probably one of the best choices when it comes to choosing a product to keep the winter chills at bay. Their Linctagon Viral Defence capsules contain echinacea extract, elderberry and garlic and offer overall immune support for colds and flu. The Linctagon Cough Syrup and Linctagon Syrup both contain pelargonium which helps with upper respiratory tract infections.

The Tibb range includes Septoguard, in tablet form, which is a natural antibiotic and contains extracts of asparagus and cinnamon; Tibb Flu-Relief Syrup (contains Piper nigrum, a natural pain killer which helps control fevers) for colds, flu and fever; Tibb Immunocare which is an immune booster; Tibb throat and cough lozenges which contain menthol, eucalyptus and caramel.

The Himalaya range is based on ancient Ayurvedic principles: an ancient, holistic system for diagnosis and treatment. Koflet (in both syrup and lozenge form) contains honey, holy basil (possesses anti-histamine properties and is effective in reducing catarrh and easing bronchitis), and liquorice (an expectorant with immune-boosting properties). The range also includes an immunity enhancer, Septilin, containing Tinospora gulancha (a potent antimicrobial that stimulates the immune system), liquorice, and Indian bdellium (reduces inflammation and relieves sore throats).

But in a nutshell it boils down to you causing the immune system to go under strain and wham a bug weasles it’s way into your body.

Happy people are generally healthier.
Watch comedy.
Surround yourself with happy people.
Read a happy book.