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Try honey instead of antibiotics for respiratory infections

A recent study has shown that honey may be better than antibiotics when it comes to treating a range of upper respiratory tract infections(URTI's). The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), already advise that adults and children over the age of five take a couple of spoonfuls of honey in place of antibiotics to ease an acute cough, the latest findings suggest honey should be recommended as an alternative to medication for adults with coughs, sore throats and other URTI symptoms. The study was carried out at Oxford University and was reported in the BMJ Evidence Based Medical journal.

Some common garden herbs can also help boost immunity. Thyme is easy to grow and can help with pain relief and boost your immunity. It can be made into a tea by just steeping the leaves in hot water.

Sage is an antiseptic and good for sore throats and catarrh. Drinking sage tea also helps with respiratory infections. Rosemary is another good herb for the flu, you can either add boiling water to a bowl with some rosemary leaves and breathe in the vapour, or make into a tea.

Don't forget garlic, which has good anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This is due to the allicin in the garlic (which is produced once the garlic is crushed or chopped finely).

Try some of these natural remedies that are cheap and effective.



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