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Recipe Relief – Managing Your Cold & Flu Symptoms

5th March 2020
Anthia Koullouros

Generally what is in order is rest, stay warm with a water bottle, early to bed, hydrate with warming broths, herbal infusions, and water, include plenty of fresh vitamin C rich, organic produce such as citrus, kiwi, papaya, berries, capsicums and kale, and sniff on a tissue or hanky with anti-bacterial essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus.

SPECIFICS:

Head Cold, Congestion & Pain

Find relief with steam inhalation. Bring 4 cups of water to the boil in a pot on the stove. Add a bunch of fresh thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon myrtle, and peppermint leaves to the water and steep for 3-5 minutes. You can also use 2 drops each of rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon myrtle, and peppermint essential oils or a tablespoon each of the dried herbs. Pour the fragrant herb water mixture into a large bowl on a sturdy table. Place your head at least 30cm above the bowl and cover your head and the bowl with a towel. Ensure you keep your eyes closed and that you maintain this distance from the bowl. Take long deep breathes for 2 minutes or longer through the nose. Keep a tissue box close by to blow your nose and clear your throat.

Use a toxic chemical-free, natural vapor rub made from essential oils. Rub on chest, throat, temples and achy muscles.

Cool a Fever

A cooling hydrating drink made with a cold infusion of peppermint leaf, olive leaf, lemon myrtle, eyebright, and elderflower. Steep 3-4 teaspoons in 1 litre of boiled water for 3-5 minutes. Strain the herbs and cool tea in the fridge. Drink up to 1 litre per day. Our Ovvio Organics Winter Olive Winter Wellness Tea covers you here. And it’s easy to drink. Drink 3-4 cups per day.

Wet Cough & Mucous

A hot infusion of ginger root and cinnamon bark will help break up the mucous, reduce inflammation and reduce infection. Simply steep 1 teaspoon of the fresh or dried ginger root and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon quill or bark per cup of boiled water for 3-5 minutes. Strain and drink while hot, 1 cup 3 times per day. Alternatively, our Ovvio Organics Cinnamon Ginger Soul Tea covers you here. Drink 3 -4 cups per day.

A mug of chicken broth with fresh turmeric root, garlic and ginger root and plenty of lemon juice will also relieve symptoms.

Dry Cough & Irritated Cough

A spoonful of Manuka honey in a cup of thyme leaf and marshmallow or licorice root infusion served with freshly squeezed lemon juice, soothes and relieves symptoms. Simply make a herbal infusion by steeping 1 teaspoon each of dried thyme leaf and marshmallow or licorice root per cup of boiled water for 3-5 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups per day.  Alternatively, our Ovvio Organics Marshmallow Soothe Tea covers you here. Drink 3 cups per day.

Stop your symptoms in their tracks

Cold & Flu Shot

Ingredients:

1 tsp ginger freshly grated

1 garlic clove, freshly crushed

½ tsp cinnamon powder

½ lemon squeezed

1 tsp raw Manuka honey

50 ml Kombucha or filtered water as a base

15mls Olive leaf extract from our clinic

Method: Combine all ingredients together in a glass and drink immediately.

A Tonifying Juice

Ingredients:

2/3 vegetables of choice e.g. carrot, beetroot, cucumber, celery, zucchini

1/3 fruit of choice e.g. citrus, berries, papaya, paw paw, pear, pineapple

Fresh herbs, a handful e.g. mint, basil, coriander, parsley

Spring or filtered water

½ teaspoon organic spirulina powder

15mls Olive leaf extract from our clinic

Method: Blend juice and enjoy!

Note:

Anthia consults from Ovvio Clinic on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. To book a consultation phone: 02 9380 7863

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on any medication or supplements, please seek advice from your health care professional such as a herbalist or naturopath who is qualified in herbal medicine.