Most sore throats are caused by viruses, yet reports show that many people are mistakenly prescribed antibiotics for the pain and discomfort. Luckily, there are a number of natural remedies that can be used alone or with other treatments, to help fight both bacteria and viruses, while supporting the body's natural healing abilities.
Traditional healers have taught the benefits of easing illness with a healthy lifestyle and the use of herbs and botanicals. But don’t think you have to get all your herbs from a jar. Many remarkable healing herbs are growing in your yard. Herbs and spices can be picked a few steps from your front door and used to perk up your cooking and your health.
Flu season is hitting hard this year. With the early arrival of more aggressive strains and higher levels of activity, the influenza outbreak has reached epidemic proportions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn the outbreak may be the worst in a decade. Furthermore, this year’s vaccine is only estimated to be 62% effective in those who do get vaccinated. The good news is that no one is helpless in the face of the flu. There are a number of ways to prime your immune system and sail through cold and flu season unharmed. These tips can help you avoid getting sick, and facilitate faster recovery if you do fall ill.