At this time of year, colds and flu are on the increase. Congested chests, stuffy noses, sore throats and low-grade fevers are all common symptoms. Practising good hygiene routines such as washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, maintaining a good diet and regular exercise can help reduce your chances of getting sick. There are also natural ways to boost your immune system to help you maintain good health.

One great example of a natural cold and flu fighter is the super plant Echinacea. Said to have been used by the Native Americans over 400 years ago, Echinacea is typically used to remedy burns, lesions and as a general cure-all.

A great way to embrace the benefits of Echinacea is to enjoy a cup of warm tea.

Did you know that of the nine species of Echinacea, only three contain medicinal benefits? Depending on which variety you have, Echinacea tea can contain:
• Many vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B-complex and E
• Magnesium
• Calcium
• Iron
• Potassium
• Sodium

Echinacea tea can:
• Boost your immune system
• Fight off the common cold
• Reduce symptoms of bronchial infection and laryngitis
• Remedy an ear infection

So why not snuggle down next to a warm fire with a cosy blanket, a good book and a nice steamy cup of Echinacea tea?

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