Using natural cold remedies at the first sign of a cold is a great way to get well quicker and even reduce the severity of the cold itself. Like most people I really don't like how I feel when I use common over the counter cold remedies. The next time cold season is upon us stock up on some tried and true natural cold remedies.
Herbs have long been used as a natural cold remedy
Elderberry has long been used as a folk remedy for colds. In fact, studies have even shown that elderberry extracts fight off viruses too. There is also a compound in elderberry that some researchers believe strengthen our immune system. You should only use commercially produced elderberry extract as the fresh plant contains cyanide and can result in cyanide poisoning. I highly recommend using elderberry extract as part of your natural cold remedy arsenal.
Ginger root/ginger tea are more natural cold remedies that have been around for a long time. This has been used as a natural cold remedy in traditional Chinese medicine for ages.
Ginseng and Echinacea; Both of these are common natural cold remedies. Most herbalists recommend taking echinacea every two or three hours. North American ginseng is a common over the counter ingredient in cold medicines and one of the best natural cold remedies you can use.
Honey is one of the natural cold remedies for treating coughs. Honey works by coating the irritated throat. Honey is also believed to have antioxidant and antibacterial properties, with dark colored honey being more beneficial as natural cold remedies.
Many cultures around the world have natural cold remedies involving garlic. Whether eating raw garlic, soup with lots of garlic or garlic infused drinks. The compounds in garlic are believed to have antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Studies have shown that people who take garlic get colds less than half as often as people who do not, and those colds are recovered from very quickly. Garlic is truly one of the most powerful, and important remedies readily available to you!
What common natural cold remedies don't work?
Believe it or not, Vitamin C...
We've all been told that we need to take vitamin C to prevent colds. A recent study however has shown that taking vitamin C did NOT reduce the incidence of colds, it did however slightly reduce the duration of the cold. Although not technically natural cold remedies, if you already have a cold take it, it can't hurt and may help a bit.
Need more information, here's some more natural cold remedy information to help you out.
So there you have it, a nice selection of remedies. I strongly suggest, if you try nothing else, you try using garlic pills. Studies don't lie as this is one of the best natural cold remedies you can use.