Here’s the current NHS advice on taking ibuprofen during the coronavirus pandemic:
“There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse. But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you. If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.”1
As it’s not clear whether anti-inflammatories are a good idea to take at this time, you need something to deal with symptoms! Luckily, nature has all the tools you need to make you feel better, and you may have them in your cupboard already.
- First, make a cup of herbal tea. Try using herbs that have antiviral properties. The list includes: oregano, sage, basil, fennel, garlic, lemon balm, peppermint, rosemary, echinacea, elderberry, liquorice, astragalus, ginger, ginseng, dandelion.2
- If you already have tea containing any of these herbs in your cupboard, great! If not, you can buy some here. Or, just use loose herbs from your spice cupboard. Simply take 1 TBSP of dried herb and make tea with it. You can use an infuser teapot, or just pop the dried herbs into a pan with 3 cups of water, simmer for 15 minutes, and strain the herbs out before drinking.
- Pour yourself one mug of tea, and add the juice of half a lemon. Save the rest to drink throughout the day – warm the tea by adding additional hot water.
- Add 1 TBSP honey, and stir until dissolved. Don’t worry about using manuka honey – a lot of it is fake anyway.3 If you can get Scottish heather honey, that’s great – it’s just as medicinal as manuka, and it’s UK-local.4 If you can’t get heather honey, try to source raw honey, as it retains more beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Do not use raw honey if you are pregnant, or give it to children under age 1. And if you can’t source raw honey, any honey will do!
Drink and enjoy! ; )
Here’s some #goodnews for you
Alma Clara Corsini was admitted to a hospital near Modena in the north of Italy on March 5 and despite her advanced age managed to fight off Covid-19 without the help of antiviral medication.
“I’m fine, I’m absolutely fine,” she told local media, praising the doctors and nurses who helped her recover. “They were wonderful, the people who looked after me.” She has since returned home.
Houseparty is an app that allows users to chat via video link and hold a virtual games night with your friends. It is available via the app store for iOS, Android and Chrome users and is free to download. Once you have created your account you can connect with your friends, either by sending them an invitation or linking your contacts through social media or your phone book. Once you have connected with friends, you will be able to see when they are online and invite them to chat via video call. Once you have connected, you can select from several virtual games to play together.
If you have any good news or good ideas, please send it in! We’re collating it all on our good news & good ideas page, here.