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Beating the flu naturally!

Tete Munalula |

I managed to successfully fight off a nasty viral infection last month using natural remedies. The drop in temperature, not enough rest and stresses at work left me with a weak immune system. I felt horrendous and suffered from headaches, fever and chills, throat ache, dizziness, muscle ache, earache, runny nose, nausea, exhaustion and weakness. I haven’t used anti biotics for over three years but I was desert so I went to the doctors, but as I wasn’t registered they could not see me so I decided that I could fight this off naturally.

SAMBUCOL

Sambucol is an immune boosting complex containing black elderberry syrup and is packed with zinc and vitamin C.
Black Elderberry Great for fighting off flu and cold viruses, black elderberries have twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries. Anti oxidants strengthen the immune system by neutralising the harmful effects of free radicals. Black elderberry has been utizlied for centuries to fight off influenza, reduce nasal blockages and congestion. They contain tannins, flavonoids, vitamins A B and C and quercetin which all support the immune system. I now have a bottle of Sambucol in my cupboard ready to use if I feel the effects of a cold coming on. I used one bottle in three days and saw a dramatic change in my symptoms literally within the first day of taking it. highly recommended.

VITAMIN A

I was also recommended to take a supplement of Vitamin A help fight my cold. I used the Biocare BioMulsion vitamin A 5000iu.

ZINC

I also used the Solgar zinc picolinate to help support my immune system and I am still supplementing with it now to support my immune system and prevent myself from getting ill again.
Zinc Lozenges I also tried some zinc lozenges by Lamberts containing vitamin C and honey which helped sooth my throat.

SLEEP

Lack of sleep and exhaustion can play havoc on the immune system. Its hard to get a good nights rest when you are ill because the symptoms are exhausting. I made sure I was getting at least 8 hours sleep per night and also took a a few naps in the day.
Lavender essential oil A few drops of Lavender essential oil on my pillow and the epsom salt baths really helped. Rest and sleeps such a key role when it comes to health.

EPSOM SALTS

I used 1kg of epsom salts in my bath and sat in the hot bath for 30 minutes.
Magnesium The epsom salt bath gave me a big hit of magnesium which helped to support my immune system. Epsom salts are also a great way to detox and support the immune system. I had a few sleepless nights due to coughing, sneezing, chills and a blocked nose. Having an epsom salt bath is also a great way to regulate good sleep with the high levels of magnesium. It also helped with the body aches I had and I felt well rested and much better in the morning.

LEMON AND MANUKA HONEY

You can’t beat the classic lemon and honey. I sipped on this throughout my sickness and it really helped to sooth my throat. I always have warm lemon water to help my immune system in the mornings.
Manuka Honey helps to heal the immune system and is high in B vitamins, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium and generally used for cold infections and for boosting immune function.

MATCHA GREEN TEA

Powerful antioxidant high in chlorophyll and polyphenols, matcha green tea helps to cleanse the body of toxins, chemicals and pathogens. It also kills bacteria and helps to keep the immune system strong.

For more information and some great health tips, visit http://www.balancingbrainchemistry.co.uk/peter-smith/52/Self-Help-Techniques/Natural-Antibiotics.html

Tete Munalula

About The Author

Hello my name is Tete Munalula and I am a student from Southwest London studying Naturopathy! My love for herbs and natural medicine began when I travelled across India in 2012.

Upon my travels, I began reading the theory of Ayurveda, Panchakarma and ancient medicinal practices. I carried a little pouch with my Ayurvedic oils with a list of their uses and I began to forget about my bag of medicine that I brought from England with me.

The herbs made me feel more in tune with nature and that made me want to study it further. As soon as I got back to England I tried to find an Ayurvedic course which was pretty hard but I then found a naturopathy diploma which I am studying now.

I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome in 2013 and in 5 months I managed to reverse my PCOS by changing my diet, lifestyle, using herbs, and using the principles that I was taught in my first semester of my naturopathic course.

My experience was inspirational to myself as I saw firsthand how powerful nature is if your believe in it. I am pleased that Jessica has given me the opportunity to share my story on the GOM website, and I hope my story would be inspirational to others!

Please lookout for any other articles I have to share on here!

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