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Echi­nacea root, elder­berry and olive leaf are house­hold names for a good rea­son — won­der­ful for eas­ing symp­toms of a com­mon cold and avail­able as tinc­tures, teas or pow­dered sup­ple­ments. Here are some more spe­cific pre­scrip­tions.

• For a head cold: Re­lieve pain and con­ges­tion with a steam in­hala­tion. Add fresh thyme, rose­mary, lemon myr­tle, eu­ca­lyp­tus and pep­per­mint to four cups of boil­ing wa­ter. Steep for five min­utes. You can also use two drops each of their es­sen­tial oils, or a ta­ble­spoon of the dried herbs. Pour the mix­ture into a large bowl, cover your head with a towel and, while keep­ing eyes closed, hold it 30cm above. Take long, deep breaths for two min­utes. • For a fever: Make a cool­ing, hy­drat­ing drink with pep­per­mint and el­der­flower tea. Steep two tea­spoons of each in one litre of boiled wa­ter for up to five min­utes. Strain and cool in the fridge. Drink up to one litre per day. • For a wet cough and mu­cous: A hot in­fu­sion of gin­ger root and cin­na­mon bark helps break up mu­cous, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and ad­dress in­fec­tion. Steep one tea­spoon of fresh or dried gin­ger root and one tea­spoon of cin­na­mon pow­der per cup of boiled wa­ter for three to five min­utes. Strain and drink hot up to three times per day. A mug of chicken broth with fresh turmeric, gar­lic, gin­ger and lemon juice also re­lieves symp­toms. • For a dry, ir­ri­tated cough: A spoon­ful of Manuka honey in a cup of thyme and marsh­mal­low or licorice root in­fu­sion with freshly squeezed lemon soothes and re­lieves symp­toms. Make a her­bal in­fu­sion by steep­ing one tea­spoon each of dried thyme leaf and marsh­mal­low or licorice root per cup of boiled wa­ter for three to five min­utes. Drink up to three cups per day. (Choose Manuka honey with a ‘Unique Manuka Fac­tor’ of 10+ or more.) • For rapid re­cov­ery: Vi­ta­min C in plasma and white blood cells de­clines dur­ing in­fec­tions, such as the com­mon cold. Sup­ple­ments can shorten the du­ra­tion and im­prove symp­toms. Kakadu plum is rich in Vi­ta­min C as are teas with cit­rus, elder­berry and rose­hip. Ovvio Or­gan­ics C Strength Cit­rus Tea is a strong blend.

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