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Just like that drunken friend who always overstays their welcome, even after you’ve washed and packed the dessert bowls away and actually put your slippers on in front of them, an upper respiratory infection can linger on and on, and just refuse to go away.

Here are some doctor-approved tips to try the next time you find yourself coughing for what feels like a week after the flu has actually departed:

1. Rest

These viruses can really take it out of you so try to stay horizontal as much as possible and get a solid 8 hours every night. You may also want to skip the gym for a while so your body can use all its strength to fight the bug.

2. Salt Water

Gargling and rinsing your nasal passages with salt water 4 to 5 times a day can help keep your breathing passages clear of mucus. The warm water also helps compress inflamed nasal and pharyngeal passages, as the salt has a bacteriostatic effect. This is great for sore throats, smokers, and nasal and sinus congestion.

3. Eucalyptus Oil

Use eucalyptus essential oil as an expectorant for chest congestion and coughs by placing 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a massage carrier oil or lotion blend. Rub the mixture on the chest or back as needed to relieve congestion.

4. Probiotics

Dr Tina Discepola MD recommends taking a probiotic throughout cold and flu season and to even up your intake when sick: “At the first sign of illness, I take [a probiotic] twice a day for about five days, and then drop it to once a day.”



And for assistance with those persistent cold and ‘flu symptoms, consider the Releaf Cough and Cold Range. This range includes Releaf Cough and Cold Syrup, which contains Hedera helix to help alleviate a productive cough and tight chest, as well as Pelargonium, that has shown to significantly reduce the severity of symptoms of the common cold and shorten its duration. (1)

The range also includes Releaf Cough and Cold Effervescent, which may assist by relieving symptoms associated with the common cold and hay fever, including runny nose, cough, pain and inflammation. Both come in pleasant citrus flavours and have added Vitamin C.

Releaf Pharma believes all treatment should begin with your doctor’s opinion.


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