With a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing in 2017, Lane Crawford goes in search of the au-naturel treatments that help ease minor, common pains – no prescription necessary.

Giving us the inside knowledge is New York-based naturopathic doctor Dr. Gabrielle Francis, who reveals which foods and natural remedies we should be reaching for first.

Cold and Flu

Eat

“Eat extra antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables (which are yellow, orange, and red in colour) as well as food with antibiotic properties, such as garlic and onions. Avoid sugar, dairy, wheat, and alcohol, which are inflammatory and weaken your immune system. Finally, stay hydrated by drinking a minimum of 8–10 glasses of water and herbal tea, especially if you’re already sick.”

Supplement

“Boost immunity with probiotics containing Lactobacillus acidophilus (daily, per bottle instructions) and vitamins A (25,000 IU daily) and C (1,000 mg daily). Supplement with herbal cold and flu fighters like astragalus, echinacea, elderberry, goldenseal, and ligusticum.”

Treat

“Apply a nightly chest rub of eucalyptus oil or balm to ease coughing. Bolster your defense with acupuncture 1-2 times weekly. Finally, limit or avoid exercise while your body heals and be sure to sleep 8-10 hours a night.”