Desmond's Mom

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Natural ways to cure a cold


The best ways to prevent colds/flu is to eat clean, wash your hands frequently, and take vitamins. Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re past that stage and need help getting over it. I believe doctors have a time and place and general colds aren’t their territory. They will either tell you it’s viral and you need to wait it out, or it’s bacterial and give you antibiotics. Or give you antibiotics regardless because either they will work or they will have a placebo effect until the cold runs its course. Antibiotics do horrible things to your body. They destroy your healthy gut flora, harm your body’s natural resistance, and sometimes have other damaging side effects and reactions. They’re good for serious infections, not colds.

Disclaimer: this is my experience only. I am no doctor/herbalist/healer. I just know what works for me.

Before cold season, stock your cabinet with some essentials:

  • Elderberry syrup
  • Echinacea with goldenseal
  • Emergen C packets or vitamins C, D, E and zinc
  • Neti pot
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Wool socks
  • A tea you like and local honey
  • Epsom salt
  • Bone broth
  • Colloidal silver or breast milk
  • Garlic
  • Probiotics
  • Soft cloth tissues
  • Snuggle jammies, a blanket and a good Netflix queue

I believe when you get a cold you need to stop everything and focus on fighting the sickness. Quarantine the healthy from the unhealthy (except nurslings who will be protected by the antibiotic qualities of your breast milk). Then take this immune boosting proactive approach:

If you have been exposed to sickness or it’s simply cold/flu season, take a tablespoon of elderberry syrup daily for prevention. If you are currently sick take that dose every 2-3 hours. A child’s dose is 1 teaspoon. Do not give to children under the age of 1 as it contains honey.

Make a twice daily cup of Emergen C. You can find the packets over the counter. I like to mix the orange flavored one in a large glass of orange juice. The idea is to boost your immune system. This can also be done with taking therapeutic doses of vitamin C, D, E and Zinc. I also take 2 echinacea with goldenseal tablets 3 times a day for up to two weeks. Warning: taking herbal supplements may render your birth control useless, as will any antibiotic. Use a barrier method as a backup.

If you have a sore throat, mix up a kettle of hot water and keep it going all day. Pour as many cups of tea as you can drink. I like an orange spice (Constant Comment makes a great one) and add local honey (coats the throat and local helps with allergens from local pollen) and lemon juice (kills bacteria). I sometimes sprinkle some cinnamon on top too. This has the bonus effect of opening up the sinuses.

If your sinuses are still clogged or your muscles are sore, draw a hot bath and add Epsom salts (their magnesium content helps sooth muscles) and eucalyptus essential oil to open the sinuses.

Once your nose is good and runny, blow out all you can and mix some saline into your neti pot. Have a handful of tissues ready and proceed with a sinus flush. The trick here is to make sure you turn your head completely upside down. If you just bend over, the solution will run out your mouth. Gross! Continue to neti throughout the day when your nose clogs. This will keep bacteria from growing and will help you get well fast. I also like to shoot a few drops of colloidal silver or breast milk up the nose if it’s persistent. Same for in the ears if you feel an earache coming on.

Proceed to do nothing throughout the day or at least take necessities slow. Get in some warm pajamas with a blanket and spend some time catching up on your favorite tv show or a good book. Eat bone broth soup and drink warm tea. Lots of fluids.

If you have a fever, and it’s not terrifyingly high, do nothing. Fevers are the body’s natural response to illness and a part of the healing process.

Now this is important – before bed, saturate a pair of cotton socks with water and put them in the fridge. Get a towel and dry pair of wool socks handy. Then make a pan of hot water. I like to add rosemary essential oil to it, although it isn’t necessary. Soak your feet for about 20 mins or until the water is no longer warm. Put on the cold wet socks followed immediately by the dry wool socks. I know this sounds like the last thing you want to do, but I promise your body will warm your feet in no time. Go straight to bed with extra blankets. No, I’m not crazy, this really works. It revs up your circulation which aids your immune system. You will wake up with dry feet feeling better but feel free to repeat if necessary the following night.

If you don’t see improvement in 2-3 days then it could be bacterial. At this point I reach for a natural antibiotic. If you are not nursing, take a clove of garlic and cut it into about 6 cubes. Swallow them like pills with water or juice. Do this 3 times a day. If you are nursing this will change the flavor of your milk and I don’t recommend it. Instead, take colloidal silver orally using these guidelines.

Anytime you take an antibiotic, whether natural or not, take a probiotic with it to protect the healthy bacteria in your body. I have found that you get what you pay for with probiotics. You want a high quality refrigerated brand. Or you can save money by making your own fermented beverages like kefir or kombucha.

Get well soon!