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How to Beat the Back to School Colds & Flu

Autumn is the time to look at the herbs that can help us avoid colds, flu and sore throats, says herbologist David Foley.

Now that the kids are starting back to school it’s a good time to look at the herbs that can help us avoid colds, flus and sore throats.

Firstly, I would like to discuss with you the herb Echinacea. A very useful herb hat has been on the Irish market for a good number of years now, but a herb that has not been used to its full potential as of yet, I believe.

Understanding Echinacea

The key to understanding Echinacea is that it is a general-purpose antimicrobial and alterative (herbs that gradually restore proper function of the body) herb that can be used for:

  1. Treating acute severe infections, often with fever, such as respiratory infections, urinary infections, or boils.
  2. Treating chronic low–grade infections and catarrhal conditions, such as rhinitis, sinusitis or bronchitis.
  3. Preventing infections associated with debility by clearing pathogens and strengthening the natural resistance of the body.
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Timing is Everything

Echinacea is one of the most important natural remedies for treating both acute and recurrent infections. It is effective against a wide range of microbes, including many viruses, bacteria and fungi. It can be used internally to treat infection anywhere in the body and can also be used for external conditions as a wash or ointment, useful for any bacterial infection of the skin.

Echinacea is best taken as a liquid extract or tincture. In liquid form, it is more easily absorbed into the bloodstream.

Timing and dosage is everything if using Echinacea to prevent an infection at the onset of a cold or flu, you should ideally take 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon) every two hours for 2 – 6 doses.

Usually, if your immune system is functioning well, the cold or flu is stopped in its tracks by the 2nd or 3rd dose.

For infections like urinary tract infections, or tooth abscess you can take up to 6 doses per day to help control them.


 Sore Throats

Sore throats are also very easily treated with Echinacea, but for an added weapon in your arsenal try new Irish Botanica Throat Coat spray.

This spray contains herbs to sooth irritated mucous membranes in your throat. Herbs that are specific for scratchy or irritated throats include Sage and Plantain leaves which have strong antimicrobial properties.

Throat Coat also contains Cinnamon, Fennel and Osha root which contain oils that have a very soothing and calming effect as well as antimicrobial effect in the throat.

You can spray Throat Coat directly onto the back of your throat every 30 mins until you get relief . It’s a good idea to carry a bottle in your handbag or pocket.

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Chi Detox Patches

We all carry toxins around in our body. They accumulate as we live: nasties like environmental poisons, chemicals we breathe in or ingest, waste products from foods all get stored in our body tissue. Chi Detox Patches are a unique, non-invasive way to help detox the whole body. Each patch contains a unique formula of highly purified powder extract of a blend of herbs and minerals used in Chinese Medicine. They target the reflex points under our feet, which have 62 acupuncture points.

Simply apply them at night. When you remove the patches in the morning, you can see the changes: their colour will show you that they have absorbed sweat from your feet over night.

Enjoy a free pair of Chi socks with every purchase – while stocks last!

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Botanical Syrup the solution to a stubborn cough

Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup has helped many to find relief for the first time from a stubborn cough

Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup is a cough remedy that I told you about last year. Many of you who tried it found it amazing and got relief for the first time from a stubborn cough. But, unfortunately, the suppliers ran out of stock and left many of you disappointed that you couldn’t try it for yourself. Nobody could have predicted the demand. The good news is that it’s back in stock and your local health store should be able to order it in for you.

Botanical Syrup was developed by Medicinal Herbalist David Foley. Botanical Syrup contains herbs which can help ease all stubborn and difficult to shift coughs, clear congestion, decrease mucus, and relieve the symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis. What’s great about the blend is that as well as the herbs to treat coughs it also contains Vitamin C, Liquorice and Ginseng which are included for their immune supporting properties and also their ability to relieve the effects of stress on the body.

It’s a fantastic combination of herbs which work well together including White Horehound which can decrease and thin the mucus in the bronchial tubes and lungs.

Mullein is used to help clear congestion and phlegm. Plantain eases sore throats, coughs, and bronchitis. It protects and strengthens the lining of the throat and lungs. Cinnamon is included for its mild antiseptic properties. Ginseng will help your body cope with stress and at the same time it will support immune function helping you to stay well. Aniseed helps clear mucus from the airways, and adds the flavour to the mix. Liquorice will help to reduce dryness and has an anti-spasmodic effect helping to ease a cough.

Last year I had amazing feedback from people all around the country. Many of you also told your friends and family about how effective it was. I would say that approx. 8 out of 10 people who tried it got relief from a stubborn cough. So I’m happy to remind you of it so you can see if it can help you too. Remember to check with your doctor if you’re on medication.

If you too have a stubborn cough then it might be worth your while trying this remedy, Botanical Syrup, it’s a fantastic Irish made product

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