However with that in mind, its always good to have a little bit of extra help, which is why Natures Healthbox offer an extensive selection of natural cold & flu remedies.
The differences between a cold and the flu can be determined by the type of symptoms a person may be suffering with. A cold usually consists of regular coughing and sneezing, a Sore Throat, and/or Nasal congestion. The flu tends to centre around a high temperature with extreme Fatigue, muscle aches, a Headache, diarrhoea, and/or Nausea or vomiting. Believe it or not, some of those annoying cold & flu symptoms, such as a cough, are part of the body's natural healing process and evidence that your Immune System is working hard.
Although some colds may linger for as long as two weeks, most clear up within a week. If you have a cold, you may find that you're most contagious for the first four days and could remain contagious for up to three weeks.
Flu, or influenza, tends to be a short-term illness that resolves itself when your immune system fights it off. Flu symptoms may appear one to four days after exposure to the virus, and will last for about a week.
Other than staying warm and getting plenty of rest, there are many natural alternatives that you may wish to consider in the fight against cold & flu. For example, chicken Soup is a time-honoured remedy that is tried and tested, while a Hot Beverage such as a Herbal Tea may help with that irritating night-time congestion. To reduce a tickle in your throat, gargling with Apple Cider Vinegar several times a day may prove beneficial. Cranberries, Blueberries, Cinnamon, Ginger, Garlic and Yarrow all possess natural antiviral and antibiotic properties that may help with cold & flu symptoms, and Vitamin C in large amounts can greatly speed recovery. Echinacea continues to be a popular herbal extract product, which seems to provide effective Immune Support, and may therefore help to relieve the symptoms of flu and the common cold too!