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Boost your Natural Immunity to protect yourself from colds & flu this winter. Flu experts predict nasty viruses are on the way, with various symptoms from colds & flu to bronchitis & tonsillitis.

Conventional medicine has no effective treatment against viral infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses. The flu vaccine offers little or no protection with rapid rates of  flu virus mutations. 

According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Public Health England figures reveal the flu vaccine did not reduce the chance pensioners developing the illness at all last year (2017). The £160million spent last year on the winter public health campaign may have been a complete waste of money for those over 65! The live attenuated flu vaccine was also found to be ineffective among children 2 to 17, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2017. Also, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), researchers from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists studying flu vaccine in pregnancy, have found a possible link between miscarriage and the flu vaccine in women who received a certain version of the vaccine two years in a row. Experts are stressing research is at a preliminary stage but warn the possibility of association cannot be ignored. Whilst the Flu Vaccine may well be useless and carries unnecessary risks, natural medicine, on the other hand, has an arsenal to assist the body in its' recovery from viral infection with no side effects. 

Our body has its own army called the immune system. During a fever the immune system is at its height of activity. Stop suppressing the fever with paracetamol. The immune complexes are working hardest when our temperature is between 38-40C. If the temperature is between these amounts don’t worry. If the temperature rises over 40C then you need to take it down. Again, before reaching for the paracetamol remember to try tepid baths, cool flannels and reduce layers. Rejoice in the common cold! When it is managed naturally it exercises our immune systems and protects us and our children from more serious diseases including autoimmune disease, inflammatory disease, allergic disease and cancer. For more information on fever management particularly for young children please Book a Natural Medicine First Aid Course

Old school remedies that your grandmother wisely passed on to you

Bed-rest – It is so important. Lose the soldier on attitude. 
Honey & lemon – Honey is antimicrobial and antibacterial. The antimicrobial activity in honeys is due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide. Lemons are rich in vitamin C a well-known anti-viral agent, especially to influenza virus.  The honey must be cold extracted. Manuka honey is a proven anti-microbial - forget the lozenge. Have a teaspoon of manuka honey.
Chicken Soup/ Jewish penicillin – Grandma was right. Chicken soup is good for the cold. Dr. Stephen Rennard, a pulmonary expert at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, found evidence the soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects. It is important to maintain your fluids and chicken soup will help keep your strength up as well. Traditional stocks made from boiled bones are also very nutritious. 

Hot Toddy – Lemon, honey, whiskey and cloves. The hot water of the toddy helps to relieve nasal congestion and the whiskey helps with sniffle issues, too. “The alcohol dilates blood vessels a little bit, and that makes it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infection,” Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Good to help us big kids sleep.
Inhale – Olbas oil contains cajaput, which is a brochodilator to open the passages or eucalyptus oil is similar. Add half a cap to some hot water in a bowl. Place a tea towel over your head and gently inhale the vapour. 
Gargle – Salty water or lemon juice for sore throats. Sage and thyme are a effective anti-microbials that can be made into a strong herbal tea infusion to gargle. Gargle spit; gargle swallow


  • Betacarotene When converted to vitamin A, maintains the integrity of the mucous membranes of the throat, nose, mouth and lungs, thereby keeping viruses out.
  • Vitamin C Anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Assists with the production of antibodies and T-lymphocytes, produced in the thymus gland.
  • Vitamin E As an anti-oxidant it scavenges free radicals produced in disease. Enhances cell mediated immunity, lymphocyte response and Natural Killer Cells. Is anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
  • Selenium Anti-oxidant and enhances lymphocytes, phagocytes, the thymus gland and all white blood cells.
  • Zinc Anti-viral, prevent thymus atrophy
  • Echinacea Increases white blood cells, T lymphocytes, macrophages and Natural Killer Cells. Anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
  • Berberine containing herbs
  • Natural neuraminidase inhibitors (like the drug Tamiflu)

For any Bacterial, Viral or Fungal infection including Cold & Flu 

Carahealth Immune Tonic

Echinacea Echinacea pururea/angustifolia blend, Bupleurum/ Chai Hu柴胡 Bupleurum falcatum, Barberry Berberis vulgaris, Golden rod Solidago virgaurea, Astragalus /Huang Qi Astragalus membranaceus, Elderberry Sambuccus nigra.


  • Antibacterial Antiviral, Antifungal
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Weak immune system
  • Swine flu H1N1
  • Aussie Flu H1N2
  • Prevention & Treatment of any Global Flu Pandemic
  • Candida albicans

This tincture contains a blend of natural antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and immune stimulant herbs that are specifically formulated to both prevent and treat the winter flu including the current flu pandemic. The tincture will naturally boost the immune system to prevent bacterial, viral or fungal infections. The tincture can be prescribed to treat or prevent colds, flu, fungal infections and any indeed any chronic infection.This tincture includes berberine containing herbs; berberine being a powerful antiviral alkoloid. It also contains Elderberry, which is specifically a natural neuraminidase inhibitor an acts like drug Tamiflu to inhibit viral replication. Carahealth Immune Boost will also eradicate candida albicans infestation and can be used to treat oral thrush, vaginal thrush, jock itch, tinea and systemic symptoms of candida.

Arm yourself against Colds & Flu! 

For Upper Respiratory Tract Infections such as a cold buy Carahealth Sinus Tonic

Nettle Urtica dioica, Chamomile Matricaria recutita, Echinacea Echinacea angustifolia, Fennel seed Foeniculum vulgare, Ginger Zingiber officinalis, Golden rod Solidago virgaurea, Eye Bright Euphrasia officinalis,  Yarrow Achillea millefolium


  • Natural Antihistamine
  • Hay fever 
  • Sinusitis /Rhinitis
  • Urticaria
  • Nose bleeds
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Itching
  • Headache

This tonic is indicated for any condition ending with "ITIS" effecting the upper respiratory tract including diseases of the sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx, and larynx.  Examples of URTIs include rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal cavity),nasopharyngitis common cold/ (inflammation of the nares, pharynx), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses located around the nose), tonsilitis (inflammtion of the tonsils)  pharyngitis (inflammation of the pharynx) epiglottitis (inflammation of the upper portion of the larynx or the epiglottis), laryngitis (inflammation of the larynx), laryngotracheitis (inflammation of the larynx and the trachea), and tracheitis (inflammation of the trachea).

Histamine is a natural chemical produced by the immune system, which increases blood flow to the affected area. Liquid leaks out of the blood vessels, making the mucous membranes lining the nose and throat to swell, and stimulating nearby glands to produce mucus causing symptoms such as itching, swelling, reddening, headaches, sneezing, running nose, itchy or watery eyes and breathing difficulties. This tincture is formulated for conditions affecting the upper respiratory tract such as hayfever, sinusitis and rhinitis. These herbs are natural antihistamines and mimic the action of over the counter antihistamines. Taken over time however, this mix will greatly improve the condition of your upper respiratory tract mucous membranes to prevent future attacks, saving you money on over the counter antihistamines. Safe to be used in conjunction with antihistamines although will reduce the need for medication. Medication will need to be adjusted accordingly.

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Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.

Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.