Natural Cold Remedies by S.L. Hominuk
Natural Cold Remedies: Why Choose a Natural Cold Remedy? Because it’s getting to be that time of year again, yuck, the miserable Cold/Flu Season! There are more than 150 viruses that can cause colds, these viruses infect the upper respiratory tract and they thrive in cold temperature. Colds last for about a week or so, but if treated in the early stages it can be reduced to a few days. Sometimes colds are mistaken for Flu, but there are very distinct differences between the two. The Flu is a lot more severe with fever that ranges from 102 to 104 F., while in colds it is very rear to develop a fever.
Over $1 billion a year in the United States is wasted in nonprescription drugs for colds and coughs, while the average annual cost of unscheduled absences is now estimated at $755 per employee. Unfortunately, often these medicines do not help the cold itself but the symptoms which are necessary tools for the body to heal itself. For example, when our nose runs, it’s because the body is creating mucus, a secretion that traps the virus and expels it from the body, by taking an antihistamine we decrease this secretion thus keeping the virus inside. For anything more than the common condition, you should seek a doctor’s advice or care. Over the years, many people have devised their own way of attacking the nagging cough and sniffles that come with that dreaded condition.
Natural remedies help the immune system fight the virus, vitamins help boost our defenses, and herbs help reduce pain etc.
Feel a cold coming on? Try these:
- Take Vitamin C and Zinc lozenges which can help stop the cold from going through the entire process and/or Hyssop in a tea form used as an expectorant will fight viruses.
- Take Echinacea and Goldenseal extracts which will boost the immune system. The Echinacea herb is also antiviral, antibacterial, and speeds healing.
- Drink chicken broth and potato peeling broth.
- “Fresh” pineapple juice is less allergenic than citrus and is wonderful for colds. Because it is less acidic in the stomach, it won’t upset it and cause that burning feeling that you can get with orange juice, and it actually contains more vitamin C. It also breaks down mucus better. To treat a cold, drink four to eight ounces of juice at least four times a day. Please be sure and dilute the pineapple juice with the same amount of water.
- Grapefruit is a great food for fighting a cold because it is also high in :: Vitamin C :: and helps :: detoxify the liver :: Your liver is the front line to the immune system and when the immunity is impaired, something that is alkaline and not acidic is needed to detoxify it. Oranges and other citrus fruits are too sweet to promote proper liver drainage, so you get much better detoxification from grapefruit. By eating one or more grapefruit and their white bitter pulp each day, you will help prevent colds and build an immunity. Many people know that Grapefruit is also known as a wonder drug for breaking down fatty tissue and helping you in weight loss.
- Use paper tissues and flush them after using them as the cold virus lives for several hours which increases the risk of reinfecting yourself and others. You guessed it, don’t reuse them!
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and use convenient travel Purell antibacterial hand sanitizer which will minimize the spread of germs that may cause illness makes sense. Using a pair of :: EZgrips :: not only increases your grip strength, but protects you at a public gym where hundreds of people are sharing equipment.
- To help with congestion, use Eucalyptus oil in 2 cups of boiling water and breathe in the steam. Scenting a room with the right scents such as exotic essences such as Ravensare and Niaouli can relieve the symptoms of a cold. These ones in particular have natural anti-infectious and antiviral properties.
- Horseradish is another herb which also has excellent properties to treat sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections, reduces fever, and expels concentrations of mucus.
- For sore throats, try a mix of water and pure tea tree oil. For children, use organic grade B maple syrup instead of Over-the-counter medications which contain DXM (like Robitussin and Coricidin) as high doses of these mixtures can seriously increase the harmful effects.
- Kava Kava can be used as a gargle for soothing and analgesic pain relief. In addition, it also aids insomnia caused by coughing and sore throat.
- Sage when used in a gargle, can cure a sore throat, stuffed nose, gingivitis and coughs. It’s a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.
- Myrrh is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is very powerful and excellent for chronic sore throats. It acts also as an expectorant and decongestant and helps cure gum disease.
- Wild Indigo is an antiviral and antibiotic for infections which stimulates the immune system, and cures chronic sore throats.
- Garlic, although not wonderful for the breath can help prevent colds and help reduce symptoms because it contains a potent antibiotic called allicin, which is released when cloves of garlic are chopped, crushed or chewed. You can add raw garlic to foods as a preventive measure, or you can buy garlic supplements.
- Also, I recommend that all of these remedies be natural, or organic so that you get the full healing effect without having to deal with pesticides and hormones!
Most of all, please stay home and rest as going to work or the gym only spreads your bug, and which just may, find it’s way back to you once you have recovered, starting the process all over again!
S. L. Hominuk, web mistress of QFAC.com, author and publisher of many books including “Physical Enhancement with An Edge” brings 15 years of knowledge and experience to the health industry. “Ms Behav’n” also contributes to various websites, health and fitness magazines and can be heard on several radio shows throughout the United States and abroad. Ms B is well acquainted with many eastern/western physicians, researchers and owners of many of the dietary supplement companies. She is always on the inside track of the latest developments in health, diet and related issues – take a look through the website! You can often catch Shelley at many of the latest health and wellness seminars,fitness and bodybuilding shows. Ms B is also enthusiatically involved in many activities including bodybuilding, Choi Kwang Do, and recently Ninjutsu when she isn’t researching – just for kicks – literally!