Medicines won’t heal a winter virus faster – and some will even prolong it. But the best remedies don’t need a trip to the chemist, says Kate Hilpern

You could also try ...Blowing your nose regularly ratherthan sniffing the mucus back into yourhead. Ideally, press a finger over onenostril while you blow gently to clearthe other.Gargling can moisten a sore throat tobring temporary relief. Try a teaspoonof salt dissolved in warm water, fourtimes daily. Or use honey, popular infolk medicine.Sleeping with an extra pillow will helpwith the drainage of nasal passages.