Combat Colds with a Balanced Diet
It's important to maintain a normal, healthy diet to provide the nutrients your body
needs to fight off colds. While you should not eat if not hungry, healthy light meals
such as salads and soup can help keep energy levels up.
Try to include plenty of Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables, such as citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and capsicum. A supplement may help if the diet is inadequate. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps support the immune system in the battle against cold and flu.
Garlic has anti-viral and mucus-reducing properties and can also help the body's natural healing processes.
It's important to keep fluid intake up, so drink plenty of water. And don't forget those
old folk remedies of a cup of hot lemon and honey tea or chicken soup – they're still remarkably effective for colds!
For more information see Nutrition & Immune System.
Gentle, Non-Invasive Treatments
Anaesthetics, antiseptics, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, pseudoephedrine, antitussives, mucolytics… the world of pharmaceutical cold and flu remedies is wide and confusing.
While some drug-based treatments are appropriate at times, they can also have side-effects. In some cases, many are only suppressive and are not a 'cure' for colds.
SteamTherapy for Colds
Remember sitting with your head under a towel over a bowl of steaming water?
This simple remedy is still one of the best ways to treat congestion caused by colds. Our bodies are up to 60% water and the respiratory system needs moisture to operate effectively – if not, it cannot do its job of trapping cold and flu viruses and keeping the airways clear. Warm steam loosens phlegm, helps clear congestion from the chest
and nasal passages and assists with easier breathing.
Steam therapy can help ease coughing - including a chesty cough and a dry cough; as well as nasal congestion - by making it easier to expel mucus, reducing irritation and moisturising the delicate mucus membranes of the throat.1
Steam vaporisers are an easy and convenient way to reap the benefits of steam therapy - particularly during the night and in children's bedrooms, allowing them more restful sleep – especially when suffering from coughs and colds.
Eucalyptus Oil – Nature's Cold Fighter
Ahh… eucalyptus oil. Its clean, fresh familiar fragrance is as revitalising as it is comforting. Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil has been long renowned for its ability to help provide soothing relief of cold and flu symptoms, with powerful expectorant (mucus- loosening) properties which help clear chest and nose congestion. It also has natural antibacterial properties which can assist in fighting colds. 160 years old, this tried-and-true Aussie remedy is still a family favourite today.
Here's just a few top tips you can use to manage cold symptoms using Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil and other eucalyptus-based products:
Use Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil or Inhalant in a bowl of steaming water - or in a
hand-held vapour inhaler if at work
Add Bosisto's EucoSteam Inhalant to your steam vaporiser's water chamber.
The soothing vapours provide all night relief from the symptoms of colds
and help ease nasal stuffiness
Spray Bosisto's Eucalyptus into the bathroom before showering – the hot water will evaporate the oil providing a refreshing wake-up call and helps clear blocked nasal passages in the morning
A drop or two of Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil on a handkerchief carried around during the day helps provide all-day natural sinus relief
Use Bosisto's Eucalyptus Spray around the house and bedrooms to disinfect and kill germs that can cause colds, whilst leaving a fresh bushland fragrance.
Use a eucalyptus-based chest rub, such as Euky Bearub, at night to help soothe and comfort to provide relief from cold symptoms, plus it's suitable for all ages.
Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and wash your hands to prevent passing the infection on to others
Ask your pharmacist about saline solutions to help clear stubborn nasal congestion – a natural alternative to steroid nasal sprays.
Rest - especially if you have a chest cold. Gentle exercise is fine if you have mild head-cold symptoms (runny nose, watery eyes) but rest is most definitely needed if your cold symptoms are below the neck (coughing, general weakness and fatigue)
Stop smoking, or avoid passive smoke (both impair lung function and irritate the respiratory tract)
- Take paracetamol if you have a fever
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