It's the all-sneezing, all-coughing time of year when even the bravest among us pick up a cold (just don't call it man flu).
With this in mind, we've complied the best alternative remedies to stuffing yourself full of meds, or having to call work for an awkward conversation that makes your boss think 'hangover'.
Use the below to discover your inner holistic guru and get back on your feet.
1 | Chicken Soup
Not just an old-wives' tale, this. Scientists at Nebraska University found soup acts as an anti-inflammatory, relieving symptoms. Plus: who doesn't like the taste?
2 | Garlic
Contains the compound allicin, which has been found to contain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities. So now your tendancy to use four cloves where the recipe said two is fully justified.
3 | Orange Juice
Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant and helps your body fight infection. Citrus fruits are full of vitamin C, so try mixing up a smoothie. Just leave out the vodka this time.
4 | Peppermint Tea
Peppermint has a variety of decongestant, expectorant and antiviral properties that can help soothe a sore throat and relieve a cough. Worth smelling like your Nan for.
5 | Ginger
The root spice has long been reported to cure a range of ailments from nausea and arthritis, right down to the common cold. Just don't try and eat it raw, will you?