Avoiding catching a cold can sometimes be impossible,
especially when everyone around you seems to have one. For many, the
first response will be to run to the local drugstore to buy one of the
many cold medicines available. Since there is no "cure" for the common
cold, these medications actually only suppress the symptoms rather than
Coughing, sneezing and a runny nose are some of the
ways the body tries to "clean house" of accumulated mucous. The key to
getting over a cold quickly is to aid your body in ridding itself of
The First Sign of a Cold
the most effective ways to overcome a cold is by addressing it as soon
as possible when seeing the first signs. Don't wait until it has
progressed to the point of becoming uncomfortable. Again, don't
suppress the symptoms, but rather give your body what it needs in order
to expel toxins from the body. Drinking lots of water is very
beneficial when we are healthy, but it is even more so when we are
sick. Water will thin mucous making it easier for the body to expel.
amount of water a person will need depends on the size of each
individual. In order to find out how much water you should be drinking,
take your body weight and divide it by 2. This will give you the number
in ounces of eater you should drink each day. Be sure to sip your water
throughout the day rather than drinking it all at once. This will
ensure the water is being efficiently used by your body rather than
going straight through the urinary system and being passed through
Open Up The Channels Of Elimination
not a commonly discussed topic for conversation, having regular bowel
movements (at least 1 a day) is important for overall health. The colon
is one of the main channels of elimination and making sure this channel
is functioning as it should is also important for staying healthy and
will also help in getting over a cold quickly. Again, drinking lots of
water is also beneficial, along with getting enough fiber in your diet.
skin is another channel of elimination. Taking sweat baths will help to
take the pressure off the respiratory system. Drawing baths, that help
to draw toxins from the body is also beneficial. A simple recipe for a
drawing bath is to add 1 cup of Epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda to
a warm bath. Soak for about 20 minutes.
Using Food As Medicine
Creator has given our bodies the amazing ability to heal itself when we
give our bodies the food it needs along with using herbs as medicine.
times when you have a bad cold with your head stopped up and feeling
achy all over, the last thing you want to do is eat. This is a good
indication that your body doesn't need food. If you do eat, be sure to
eat foods that are light, such as broths and fruits. Avoid dairy
products like milk, cheese and ice cream as these produce excess mucous
in the body.
Natural Remedies For Colds
are some natural remedies that are beneficial for symptoms of colds. A
tip is to have these remedies on hand before you get sick to make it
more convenient for you to start treatment as soon as you begin getting
Vitamin C: Vitamin C
is a well-known remedy for combating a cold. The typical therapeutic
dosage being 500 to 1000 mg. every few hours. Many people drink orange
juice as a way to get their vitamin C. One thing that may surprise you
is drinking orange juice is actually not the best source for Vitamin C.
A glass of orange juice only has about 60 mg. of Vitamin C and the
amount of OJ you would have to drink in order to get the therapeutic
dosage of vitamin C would actually do more harm than good as it would
make the body overly acidic and could cause gastrointestinal problems
among other issues.
Rose Hips: Rose Hips is an herb that is naturally rich in Vitamin C and is an ideal source.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice in pure water and sip. Lemon is an astringent
and will help to break up the mucous. Lemon is also a detoxifier.
helps to fight bacteria and fungus. Many people who have a lot of colds
also have an overgrowth of Candida, a fungus that occurs naturally in
acts as an astringent and is also a natural antibiotic. A natural
antibiotic like Goldenseal is beneficial when the mucous is colored
rather than clear indicating infection.
acts as a natural antibiotic and an expectorant. Helps with mucosal fluids.
is an excellent herbal formula which combines ingredients such as
Horseradish, Boneset, Fenugreek and Mullein to nourish the immune and
Horseradish: Helps to alleviate congestion and opens up the head.
Boneset: An antiseptic with a mild laxative effect. Helps with bronchial congestion.
Fenugreek: An antispasmodic that helps with coughs.
Good for a variety of respiratory problems such as hayfever, asthma and
whooping cough. Soothes and relieves congestion in the lungs and throat.
is a fever reducing, astringent which helps with circulation and
promotes perspiration to help detox the body through sweat. Beneficial
is a digestive herb which is beneficial for mucous related ailments as
the lungs as well as the intestines both contain mucous membranes.
Excellent for nausea. Ginger can also be added to a warm tub to create
a natural sweat bath.
Clove: A good decongestant and expectorant, Clove is beneficial for colds, coughs, laryngitis, asthma and is also a good herb for staph infections.
Activated Charcoal: Every household should have Activated Charcoal.
This natural remedy is great for conditions with symptoms of diarrhea
or vomiting and absorbs toxins and poisons in the body. Many times
taking one dose of 4 capsules is enough to bring relief. A tip for
giving activated charcoal to a child is to open 1 or 2 capsules into a
bite of a banana and mix it up.
Slippery Elm: Slippery Elm
is a fiber that is very soothing. Excellent for an upset stomach or
diarrhea. Be sure to restore potassium and minerals after bouts of