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Home Remedies for Cold and Flu

Flu Treatments and Natural Remedies.    In the United States, October through May is flu season. In the month of February you in the peak season for the flu.  When people start getting runny noses and cough, they often pray they are not getting the more serious of the two illnesses.

Both the flu and common cold start with similar symptoms, but there is a distinct difference between the two.  OK, so you don’t feel good. You have a sore throat, you are achy, stiff and feel like you are getting a fever. Knowing the difference between the common cold and the flu will make the difference in both prevention and treatment.

Common Flu Treatments and Natural Remedies

  • Brewer’s Yeast is high in vitamin B, chromium, and protein. Good for flu, cold respiratory infection. Take at the first signs of a cold or flu
  • Chiropractic adjustment has shown great results as it can improve the nervous and immune system.
  • Echinacea helps to fight infections. Take as soon as you feel sick.(1,000 mg 2-3x daily) Said to be as effective as TamiFlu.
  • Elderberry – Boosts immune system, relieves sinus and respiratory pain
  • Fresh Air – Often the air in your home is more polluted than the air outside. Spend a little time going out for fresh air. Use an air purifier.
  • Oregano Oil t is an antiviral take twice a day up to 100 mg a day
  • Frankincense and clove oils – Rubbing peppermint and frankincense essential oil to the neck and bottoms of the feet can naturally support the immune system.
  • Pepperment Oil – Help to open nasal passages.
  • Drink Green and chamomile tea – these teas and have powerful antioxidants help to build the immune system.
  • Vitamin C (1,000 mg 3-4x daily. Up to 4,000 when symptoms appear. Builds immune system and white blood cells. Can be obtained by fruits and vegetable as well as supplements.
  • Vitamin D regulates the immune system and can be received by sunlight or a supplement. Take 2,000 rather than 200-400 units per day up to three times daily.
  • Probiotics help restore good bacteria to your gut.  They can also help with diarrhea symptoms.
  • Water: It is easy to become dehydrated when you are experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or a sore throat. Drinks lots of water. Alkaline water if you can find it.
  • Zinc – Support immune system. Take in form of pill or spray (50-100 mg daily)

How Colds Behave

You may have a persistent cough with no fever and no other symptoms. This may be anything from allergies to an ado-virus. Though the flu and a cold are similar, they are very different. Many people have had the flu and initially thought it was cold. How often have you been sick and three days later you felt much better and decided to go back to work?   You don’t know what you had, but you were so glad whatever it was, it left!

Flu Symptoms

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.   The onset of Flu symptoms is usually more sudden and more violent.  Coughing, aches, fever, chills are all possible symptoms of the flu.  Every year thousands of people die each year from the flu and complications such as pneumonia. The flu can be extremely dangerous for the elderly, babies, those with the auto-immune or respiratory disease.   Flu symptoms most always include low to high-grade fevers.  Children who get the flu tend to have those higher grade fevers.

Symptoms of the Flu.

  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body aches and joint pain

Symptoms appear with a few days of coming in contact with the flu virus.  Usually,  from someone sneezing around you or hand to face contact with an item touched by someone who is infected. The flu can spread so quickly because its incubation period is very short. It can last from a few day to a week or longer.  Often the experience of weakness may last long after the flu is gone.

How to Get Better

Whether you have a cold or the flu, it is important to keep hydrated. You can lessen the severity of a cold by getting lots of rest and increasing fluids. There are homeopathic cold remedies that really help. (see  at end of post) The flu can be stopped or shortened when treated upon immediate onset by homeopathic and anti-viral medications.  A yearly flu shot is especially advised if you fall into the risk category, but research the ingredients in new flu shots.  Try the common cold and flu treatments below.

How Colds Behave

The so-called common cold, is the most common infectious disease in existence, having more than 200 types of viral associations, such as respiratory and nasal viruses.    Cold symptoms are progressive, starting with sneezing, difficulty breathing and a runny nose. This will continue until the whole head is congested. It then moves down to the throat, causing inflammation and soreness.

Other symptoms of a cold can be stiff muscles, loss of appetite coughing and headaches. People who suffer from allergies may experience longer symptoms. Cold symptoms will appear from one day to one week after becoming exposed to a cold virus.

The Mayo Clinic states that these are the varied symptoms of a cold:

  • A cough
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • A sore throat
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Low-grade fever
  • Body aches and headache
  • Generally feeling ill

Of course, these indications will differ from person to person.  Children and the elderly and those with compromised immune symptoms may be affected more than a healthy adult.   While babies and younger children tend to have fevers up to 102 degrees with the cold, older children and adults ten to have colds without fever.  A child can have 5 or more colds each year while adult 2 to 3 a year.

A Cold vs the Flu

 No Cure for a Cold

There is no cure for a cold. It has to ‘run its course’.  A cold is caused by various viruses which mutate too quickly in the human body to find a suitable remedy. Since there is no cure for the cold, it is best to try to prevent becoming infected.

How to Prevent Getting a Cold?   Is this really possible when living around so many people?  Things that can help.

  • Be aware, one of the main ways of transmission of this virus is the air.
  • When in a closed space with someone with a cold, cover your face.
  • When someone sneezes or coughs, the germs travel and lands on surfaces.
  • Wash your hands after you touch doorknobs, keyboards, remote control, ATM machine.
  • Be aware of hand to face contamination.
  • Avoid people who appear to be sick.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Eat foods that strengthen the immune system.

One of the best common cold and flu treatments and prevention is, avoiding someone who is sick and washing your hand frequently. Thankfully today there are many hand sanitizer on the market.  Make sure you always have a bottle of sanitizer with you, if you can’t wash your hands immediately. Also, when at home periodically disinfect surfaces and doorknobs regularly. Antibacterial soap containing triclosan is also very helpful.


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