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Natural Remedies: Cold

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What can we do to help our bodies through the process healing a cold? Here are some herbal remedies for your body and mind.

  • Rose hip tea is full of vitamin C and can help prevent colds.
  • Lemons, oranges, and apple cider are all considered to be cold remedies.
  • For chills, take fresh ginger root.
  • Historically, the layers of the onion were believed to draw contagious diseases from the patient; onions were often hung in sickrooms. Today, we know that onions have antibacterial qualities.
  • Cut up fresh garlic cloves and add them to chicken soup or other foods, or swallow small chunks of raw garlic like pills.
  • Eat loads of hot and spicy foods like chili to clear the sinuses.
  • Like garlic and onion, horseradish generates lots of heat to help offset colds. According to one farmer we know, a daily horseradish sandwich is the best cold remedy out there!
  • Prunes are rich in fiber, vitamins A and B, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. And they've been cured themselves!
  • To treat sore lips, go to bed with honey on them.
  • Troubled by cracked lips? Massage them with a dab of earwax (preferably your own!).

For a chest cold or bronchitis, try this remedy, submitted by one of our readers.

  • Boil a whole onion, and afterward, drink the water. You can add a little butter and salt if the taste is unbearable!

Read more about ways to avoid the cold in the first place.

And here is advice on cough remedies.

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My dad was an auto mechanic

By Felice

My dad was an auto mechanic who worked outside a lot while I was growing up (in Rhode Island). I remember that when my mom packed his lunch, she'd often add raw garlic cloves and/or a raw onion. This must have worked because I don't remember him ever getting a cold. He caught more colds once he retired than he'd ever had while he was working.

My mother used to make a

By Toothpick

My mother used to make a cough syrup from slicing an onion (usually a white onion), sprinkling slices with sugar, sealing in an airtight container, and allowing the onion to "sweat" for a couple of hours on the counter. The "juice" didn't taste bad and it really helped with the coughs.

Thank you so much for sharing

By crystal globe award trophy

Thank you so much for sharing this topic to us.

First time I've posted here,

By gardeninggal

First time I've posted here, wanted to share a natural remedy which works for chest congestion, also helps sinuses. Used it on my children over 50 yrs. ago, it was used on myself as a child by my grandmother. Onions! Chop 2 or 3 cups any type onion, boil gently and briefly in small amount of water, drain water ( save water for use in soups later). Let cooked onions cool slightly, put them in a cotton cloth or towel and apply the poultice to the chest area. It can be used all night or for a few hours, reheat if needed. This relieves congestion in lungs and sinuses. Hope this helps. Perhaps some readers have tried this, it provides relief and doesn't bother the skin.
( But don't use if allergic to onions )

My mother used to do this for

By Joaniegirl

My mother used to do this for me as a child.. It helped so much with chest colds. I'm 35, and doing it for myself right now. I just chop an onion up, fry it in a pan till it's hot, carefully put the onions in a long sock, tie the sock at the end and apply to chest area.. Helps so much!! :)

I didn't intend to post

By gardeninggal

I didn't intend to post twice. My apologies. Am new at this! Stay well, healthy and we are one day closer to Spring...

During this long winter many

By gardeninggal

During this long winter many in our area have gotten sick, sinus 'cold' then congestion in lungs. I'm making an old-fashioned poultice I used to use this home-remedy on my children 50 yrs. ago. It works. Maybe some have heard of and/or tried it. Chop about 3 cups onions, any type, boil in small amount of water just until tender, less than 5 mins. Drain water ( water can be used in soups later) cool onions slightly, put in a cotton cloth, then put onions and all over chest/lung area. The poultice helps with congestion, the smell helps relieve stuffy sinuses. Not sure how it works scientifically, but it truly works, you can sleep with the poultice on your chest. It can be reheated if need be. Hope this helps.

Try Carmex lip balm. It

By loodibee

Try Carmex lip balm. It really works well. Simple and effective. Haven't had one outbreak since using it. Read about it in my blog.

Elderberry syrup is sold in

By SheilaMarieMW

Elderberry syrup is sold in most bigger drug stores, & Walmart & Kmart & the like, one of the more common brands is Sambucol.

Is it organic

By Loretta Sanchez

Is it organic

Elderberry syrup and jelly

By Herbalist

Elderberry syrup and jelly are the best thing for Flu (all types) this has held up to medical trials. I typically take 1 tablespoon of elderberry syrup or jelly every 4-6 hours at the first sign of a cold or flu.
Elderberry Juice MUST be cooked before using and strained, as the seeds and juice have a cyanide compound in them. Heat deactivates this.

so is there some place I can


so is there some place I can buy this or do I need to go looking for it somewhere?

You can buy elderberry syrup

By Melanie Gates

You can buy elderberry syrup at CVS or Rite Aide, or you can make your own! Contact your local apothecary and/ or use this recipe:
1 C Elderberries
4 medium slices betrayals
6-8 pieces of Fo-Ti
1/2 ounce dried Rosehips
1/4 ounce nettles
1-2 cups honey
Bring 6-7 cups of pure water to a boil and add everything but the nettles and honey. Stir, cover and simmer for 45 min. Add the nettles and simmer for 15 min more. Off the heat, mash the berries, strain, add honey to taste while still warm. Taken daily as a supplement will keep the winter cold season at bay.

If he felt a cold sore coming

By Claude Hammond

If he felt a cold sore coming on, my Dad would drink a glass of elderberry wine. Often, the sore would not develop.

Also, a glass of warm

By Felice

Also, a glass of warm elderberry wine taken before going to bed helps relieve a cough.

Here is a recipe for cough

By gardengurl

Here is a recipe for cough medicine that anyone will enjoy.
1 cup of concord grapes
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
a dash of cayenne pepper
Put it all in a blender or food processor (grape seeds and all) and blend well. Drink it down and it will calm that nagging cough. It doesn't have any ingredients that would be harmful so you can take it whenever you need it and it tastes good too.

Aloe vera juice will help

By janine

Aloe vera juice will help cold sores as the virus can't grow in its presence. It works usually within 1 day. Drink about 1/4 cup.

My grandmother used to tell

By Robert Sewell

My grandmother used to tell us:
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away;
An onion a day keeps everyone away!"
If no one comes near, they can't give you a cold!

Rub vicks on your feet and

By Nana Gower

Rub vicks on your feet and wear a pair of socks to bed will help with a cough and you will sleep well!

Cold sores: Does anyone know

By Gary Bishop

Cold sores: Does anyone know how to treat?

For cold sores: I know this

By Noemi Valentin

For cold sores: I know this sounds unusual but EARWAX is an excellent remedy. Preferably your own. Dab earwax on the soar 3-4 times daily. The most natural healing agent for a cold soar!

If I don't have any

By Betty Houle

If I don't have any medication like Abreve I dab straight rubbing alcohol on cold sore. When it starts tingling I dab it like 5x a day. Even beer works.

I used tea tree oil

By Loretta Sanchez

I used tea tree oil

As soon as you feel that cold

By Cheryl Presta

As soon as you feel that cold sore coming on take about 10 sun chlorella tablets. Then take as directed on package. I take them almost everyday as they are good for you and keep cold sores away!!! Had them all the time when I was young.You can also buy the Yaeyama Chlorella I find at Fruitful Yield much cheaper and works the same.

Cold sores are caused by the

By No one specific

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. When you get a sore it is because you have unbalance the amino acid Lysine in your body. Too much Argenine amino causes it. To quickly rebalance the Lysine, eat a Flounder fillet, cooked as you like. One fillet, about 8 ounces, equals to 5500mg of Lysine. It helps the body recover quickly and then take a Lysine supplements everyday to avoid future issues. Also, you can use ginger root, or tea tree oil as a topical to cool the sore and prevent its spread.

I get a lot of cold sores and

By susan griswold

I get a lot of cold sores and the best remedy I have found is to put an icecube on it when you first feel it coming on. leave it on till its good and frozen, maybe 10 to 15 minutes 2 to 3 times throughout the day.Works for me everytime.

earwax or tea tree oil.

By Lila Robyn

earwax or tea tree oil.

Take L-Lysine 500mg twice a

By Sharen Christensen

Take L-Lysine 500mg twice a day until gone. Take once a day thereafter to avoid outbreaks.

Aloe Vera Gel, applied every

By Janet Ann Collins

Aloe Vera Gel, applied every waking hour or whenever the pain returns (whichever is soonest) will get rid of a cold sore in about 48 hours and you will probably never have another one in the same spot. I used that remedy on cold sores, which used to be a recurring problem for me, and after several years they were gone completely. I haven't had any for over 20 years.

What kind/brand of Aloe Vera

By liz chong

What kind/brand of Aloe Vera gel do you recommend?

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