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Get an Autumn Immunity Boost

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Autumn has most definitely arrived and, inevitably, many of us are already suffering with the arrival of the ubiquitous seasonal cold and flu bugs. Unfortunately, as the season progresses and changes to Winter, your immunity will become increasingly low. Ninety per cent of all colds and influenza are viral infections - antibiotics are only effective against bacteria and the flu jab only covers you against one of two strains of the flu virus. But there are other, more gentle and natural ways of boosting your immune system to get you through Autumn and Winter.

Herbal medicine has a long tradition of treating colds and flu and can also be used as a way to boost your immune system and to try and help prevent a cold developing. Our immune system tackles most bacteria and viruses, it even deals on a daily basis with abnormal cells that could develop into a cancer. It is when our immune system is challenged that we start to find problems developing. Cold weather, poor nutrition, too many late nights, too much alcohol, long term medication for other health problems all affect your immunity.


Vitamin C increases resistance to bacterial and viral infections. Take a 1000mg a day as a preventative and if you think you might be coming down with something increase this to 1000mg every 2 hours over a 6 hour period.

Echinacea is a herb that has been shown to increase your resistance to cold and flu. The root extract has specific anti viral activity against the flu virus, and it can be taken throughout the winter. Try our range of D. Atkinson Echinacea products, including:

Garlic is one of my favourite winter herbs, and I simply use a clove of organic garlic, chopped up and mixed with some yogurt and swallowed as if it were a tablet. Or swallow it down with plenty of cold water. This is a great way of reducing mucus and catarrh and can almost stop a winter cold in its tracks.

One fantastic winter influenza mix dates back to the early 1900’s. Used by Dr Valnet, it has become a popular self help remedy in my practice.

Influenza Tea

  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 tea spoon of rosemary herb
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Honey to taste.

Simmer the cloves and cinnamon in a good cup of water for 3 to four minutes in a covered saucepan. Turn off the heat and add the rosemary. Allow to cool for a few minutes then add lemon and honey. Drink warm.



Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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