Natural ways to fight a cold


Echinacea products come in many forms including tablets, juice, and tea. It is recommended to begin taking echinacea at the first signs of a cold or flu. Having used it myself several times, I have to say that I found it quite effective at preventing cold or flu symptoms from getting worse. Echinacea activates chemicals in the body that decrease inflammation, which might reduce cold and flu symptoms.

Laboratory research also suggests that echinacea can stimulate the body’s immune system. It is also said that it contains chemicals that can attack yeast and other kinds of fungi directly.


An old Chinese remedy for cold is to boil pure ginger root with honey and lemon. It might not taste wonderful to some but it does alleviate many cold and flu symptoms. Ginger has many healing properties, including improving brain function, fighting cancer and easing menstrual pain. It also can fight respiratory infections.


This herb is said to stimulate the production of your white blood cells (The soldiers of your body that are in the front lines of fighting infections). It is an herbal supplement that is said to work particularly well against cold and flu. Andrographis also reduces fevers, decreases inflammation, and prevents viruses from reproducing.

Elderberries naturally contain vitamins A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system. Their properties also help to stop cold or flu viruses from multiplying. Children are safe to take it and it can even be made into a syrup by boiling it with ginger, cinnamon cloves, and honey.


Eucalyptus is said to relieve sore throats, sinusitis, and bronchitis. When inhaled as a vapor, it also acts as a decongestant. Some people hang the plant in their shower as the steam will clear your airways. Eucalyptus helps in loosening phlegm. Many medications over the counter contain Eucalyptus including Vicks VapoRub.

Green or black tea

Green tea contains anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe inflammation and irritation that can cause a sore throat. It can also help lessen inflammation in the chest that causes coughing and chest congestion. Black tea is equally as good to fight off flu’s as it reduces inflammation, lessens the body aches that come with the flu symptoms and minimizes the duration of the sickness.


Turmeric naturally flushes out the microbes that clog the respiratory tract. This amazing spice can help fight infection and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can make a drink or put it in hot soup. Taking turmeric on a regular basis stimulates your immune system to fight drug-resistant strains of the flu.


Garlic has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It works best when eaten raw. If the flavor is too strong for you, there is also garlic in pill form. Garlic can prevent infection inside or outside the body. Laboratory studies confirm that raw garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties


A solution of water and salt can be used to gargle a sore throat and clear a stuffed nose. Salt will naturallyease inflammation and loosen mucus, which helps flush out germs. This solution can also be used as prevention and even decrease the chances of spreading the cold or flu onto others.

Stay safe and wishing you a speedy recovery if you are fighting a cold or flu.

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