Let’s face it, with over 200 cold viruses on the loose1, there’s a fair chance you might succumb to one of the 4-6 cold adults experience on average each year1. Those all-too-familiar symptoms of a runny nose, congestion and general unwellness are an unwelcoming experience for many of us.
Although they can be contracted all year round, colds can be more common in winter months1 due to people spending more time indoors together, which gives viruses more opportunity to spread2.
Sleep, heat, drink, repeat
It is possible to help relieve symptoms of the common cold - plenty of rest and sleep, keeping warm and maintaining your fluid intake to avoid dehydration can help with your recovery3.
If you’re struggling to keep up your fluid intake or feeling like a delicious alternative to water, then consider trying a hot drink – in one way or another we can relate to the comfort that comes from the experience of curling up with a warm beverage.
It’s all about echinacea
In particular, look out for drinks containing echinacea. Echinacea is a flowering plant that can support immune health, maintain your immune system to fight illness and help relieve symptoms of the common cold4,5,6,7,8.
Swisse Ultiboost Immune Defence Herbal Hot Drink is one option you can consider trying. It’s a great tasting, soothing hot drink, which contains echinacea herbal extract to help relieve symptoms of the common cold, relieve mild upper respiratory tract infections and support immune health. It comes with a delicious hibiscus and rosehip taste, and can be enjoyed curled up on the couch with a boxset.
Thanks to the inclusion of echinacea extract, Swisse Ultiboost Immune Herbal Hot Drink:
- Helps relieve cold symptoms.
- Helps to relieve mild upper respiratory tract infections.
- Supports immune system health.
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. Supplements can only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.
- Health Canada (2017) Monograph Echinacea purpurea
- World Health Organisation (WHO) Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants (1999) Vol. 1 Herba Echinaceae Purpureae
- Schulten B, Bulitta M, Ballering-Brühl B, Köster U, Schäfer M . Efficacy of Echinacea purpurea in patients with a common cold. A placebo-controlled, randomised, double-blind clinical trial. Arzneimittel forschung. 2001;51(7):563-8
- Braun L, Cohen M. (2015) Herbs and Natural Supplements, An evidence-based guide. 4th Ed. Vol 2. Churchill Livingstone.
- Special Expert Committee of the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) (1998) The Complete Commission E Monographs.