Treating infections

Colds and flu

Peppermint, elderflower, garlic, onion, ginger, anything spicy is warming and loosens phlegm.

Cough

Dry coughs: If mucus in sinuses or nose, treat as for colds and flu. Liquorice, honey

Phlegmy coughs: cinnamon, fennel, ginger, thyme

Green/yellow phlegm: indicates bacterial infection so thyme, garlic, onion

Sore Throat

Sage

Food

NO: milk (increases phlegm), sugar (increases phlegm, suppresses immune system)

Don?t force food: loss of appetite is normal and protective ? eating less temporarily boosts immune response

Prevent dehydration: mouthful of water every 15 to 30 minutes

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