With natural cold remedies, you can make it through the illnesses much quicker. And if cold and flu season comes knocking at your door. There are a number of ways to not answer the door.
Did you know that there are well over 200 viruses that can cause a cold? You may be more than familiar with head congestion, headaches, watery eyes, fevers, sneezing, aches and pains.
The first thing I do when illness hits is to re-frame it. Instead of thinking “I have a cold, I feel awful,” I say to myself, “oh great, my body is doing some spring cleaning.” This helps me deal with the symptoms better and reminds me that my body is actually working in my best interest.
Also, I know the doctor has said this to you: get plenty of rest. For me, there is nothing better than a day in bed (if at all possible) when I first get hit. If I can take that time for myself, the worst of it is over very quickly.
Although I am not a fan of lots of TV, when the kids are sick it goes on so they will lay still and rest.
So to help you out, here are some of the things from Nature’s Medicine Cabinet that I do for my family when the bug hits our house:
Drink plenty of water...purified if you can - You probably hear this one all the time, but it really is important. Not only does drinking lots of water help flush the cold through you, but it can actually help prevent the cold in the first place. Staying hydrated is key to keeping colds and flu away from you.
Drink Emergen-C or Airborne - We keep both in the house. I love them and my kids love them too. This will help replenish the body with nutrients to help your body fight off colds and flu. Both come in a variety of very tasty flavors.
Vitamin C - Some people tell me they take about 500 mg of vitamin C a day, but what they don't know is even that's not enough. Do you know that you can use up all of your vitamin C in one stressful moment or with a puff of a cigarette? When you have a cold or the flu, you should take at least 1,000 mg every hour until you reach bowel tolerance. What is bowel tolerance? (Not for the squeamish here) It is when you start to have diarrhea. After you've reached that point, cut back on the amount you are taking.
Echinacea/Goldenseal Combo - This is the BEST herbal combination that helps boosts your immune system and keep viruses from multiplying. Take a dropperful every 2-3 hours for the first couple of days. (Neither of these herbs should be taken on an ongoing basis. Don’t take Goldenseal if you are allergic to ragweed or are pregnant.) For kids, do 8-10 drops just as often.
Clear Your Sinuses - You have 2 options for natural cold remedies here: you can use a netipot and/or use eucalyptus oil. With the netipot you literally rinse out your sinuses whereas the eucalyptus oil is best when mixed with steamy water and inhaled.
And I will repeat myself here: getting plenty of rest is one of the best natural cold remedies that you can employ.