Winter well-being and my top remedies for flu

Shorter days often lead to low mood and as the seasons change, there are coughs and colds.

A yearly cough and cold is completely normal, even twice a year is not an issue.

Cold viruses can also progress to a chest or sinus infection, or pneumonia. This is more likely to happen when we are ‘run down’.

This is because the immune system takes a lot of energy when it has to fight an infection. If there are good reserves of energy and nutrients, there should be a good immune response.

5 ways to protect your immunity during winter

  1. Get enough sleep
    Sleep is the single most important foundation for our health. Nothing can replace it. While we are asleep our body carries out essential repairs and processes that it’s only able to do while we are at rest.
  2. Eat a variety of vegetables
    It’s recommended that we eat ‘5 a day’ but really it is meant to be more like ‘9 a day’. Different coloured vegetables contain different vitamins so it’s important to eat a wide range. My favourite way to include more vegetables in my family diet is to make soup every couple of days and include salad as well as seasonal vegetables with every meal.
  3. Take Vitamin D
    Numerous studies have shown that insufficient Vitamin D can lead to low immunity and can also be a factor in Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you are concerned about your immunity and especially if you feel that you experience low mood during winter, Vitamin D is be an important supplement to be taking.
  4. Wash your hands before eating 
    This is a simple strategy that can make a big difference to our health. The pandemic has made us all more aware of this.
  5. Say no
    Flu generally hits us when we are over-extended and exhausted. Doing less is easier said than done when many of us have work and family commitments that take a lot of our time and energy. Saying no isn’t easy, but we all need to do it.

Home treatment for flu

Conventional treatment is often over-the-counter medicine such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Natural remedies include drinking extra fluid, and hot lemon and ginger with honey.

Homeopathy works really well alongside both. Taking a homeopathic remedy can reduce the time spent in each stage and also aids complete recovery.

If you find yourself feeling cold and chilly, or hot and feverish, it’s important to acknowledge that you are ill and not to try and ‘power through’.

Call in sick. Go to bed. Take care of yourself.

Homeopathy kits for home use

I highly recommend having a Homeopathy Remedy kit at home, such as the 42 Remedy Kit from Ainsworths or the 36 Remedy Kit from Helios.

Contact either pharmacy directly and you can purchase over the phone for delivery.

Due to licensing restrictions, these kits are not available for online purchase.

Both homeopathy kits contain a useful booklet for guidance, along with remedies helpful for coughs, colds, flu, injuries, insect bites, digestive issues and many other day-to-day ailments.

My top three remedies for flu are in both remedy kits, along with other remedies for winter ailments.

If you are not sure which remedy to take, I recommend you contact:

  • Homeopathic Helpline* on 09065343404 
  • Ainsworths on 020 7935 5330
  • Helios on 01892 537254

The *Homeopathic Helpline was set up to be an ‘on-call’ advice line and offers support from 8am – midnight, 7 days a week.

My top 3 homeopathic remedies for flu

  1. Gelsemium
    Often starts with a feeling of slowness and heaviness, dizziness, chills, aches and pains. Your eyelids will be heavy and droopy. There may be a painful sore throat. You won’t feel thirsty but you might feel tearful and depressed.
  2. Bryonia
    Often starts slowly. You will be feeling irritable and exhausted. You might have a painful hard cough with a violent headache. You will want to lie completely still and be left in peace. You will feel dehydrated and thirsty but you won’t want to move. You’ll feel better for keeping still in a warm room with a window open.
  3. Nux Vomica
    Often starts with a sore throat and a blocked nose after an intense period of overwork. You will feel exhausted but you still won’t want to stop. You’ll feel chilly, shivery and sweaty. You’ll be very sensitive to noise, smells, light and draughts. You’ll feel better for being wrapped up warmly and drinking hot drinks.

These are not the only three remedies I use to treat flu, but they are the ones I use most often.

Please remember this is not a substitute for medical advice, and in an emergency you should always contact the NHS or go to A and E.

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