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December 4, 2014

Age-old theories about the healing properties of food are now being proven by scientific research and winter is the perfect time to put them into practice. Here Paula Bartimeus suggests some effective home remedies to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of a nasty winter cough.

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Because they are the richest sources of beta-carotene that contribute a good level of Vitamin A, carrots make an excellent choice to help the body fighting cold infections.

Since the Middle Ages horseradish has been used as anti-bacterical, diuretic and stimulant. It is effective when cut or grated and its oils are released, being a rich source of vitamins, calcium, iron and magnesium, which have natural antibiotic properties that can help to overcome respiratory tract infections such as coughs and sinus congestion.

Being a good source of vitamin C and with their antiseptic properties, lemons are widely renown as by far the best natural remedy for alleviating sore throat and flu if squeezed in hot water with added honey.

Thanks to its nutritional properties, sage is ideal to relieve coughs and rheumatism, and strengthen the nervous system. This versatile herb is recommended in ancient theories for its healing properties and is indicated to mitigate sore throat and mouthwashes to combat gum inflammation.

Widely used in African, Chinese and Indian cuisines, ginger makes an excellent choice to include in food or made into medicinal tea. Stimulating circulation, it is excellent for alleviating coughs and fever caused by colds or flu.

Used everyday as a sweetener and natural replacement for sugar, honey is extremely rich of vitamins and substances that speed up wound healing and fight superbugs. Honey is a good source of vitamins, minerals and amino acid improving the blood system and being a powerful source of antibiotic properties. If you add hot water and lemon you can use it as a protective antioxidants to ease the symptoms of cold and cough.