Natural remedies for a cold and flu can be highly effective, economical, rapid in their action as well as supporting your immune system. This last point is key to your ongoing health, so don’t underestimate its importance. However, you do need to make some wise choices, otherwise the effect may be disappointing.
Colds and flu are common in winter, but they can be a problem at any time of the year for some people. For anyone to suffer with a cold shows that your immune system is failing you, it is not robust enough to protect you. But for your immune system to fail you, you must first have failed it.
Your immunity relies on a healthy lifestyle to be effective. This means that a healthy diet is a basic requirement. Dealing with stress is another one. And dealing with any health area, not by suppressing the symptoms so commonly practiced, but by allowing them to take you on a journey, is another important one.
Symptoms of colds, flu or disease are unique to you, although some will come under more general headings. But your unique expression will point a knowledgable practitioner to the core of your unique imbalance.
There are some common natural remedies for a cold that are well known. The top ones are:
- echinacea (the herbal tincture or homeopathic form is most effective)
- vitamin D (the sun is the best source, not the irradiated animal cholesterol that comes in tablet form)
- vitamin C (ascorbic acid is a copycat, not the true vitamin)
With the general population so scared about skin cancer, most people don’t get enough sunlight, especially in winter. If you go about your daily exposure to the sun in a sensible way, you will never have a problem with skin cancer.
This does depend on the colour of your skin, the season and your location in the world. The darker your skin colour, the more exposure you need. The same applies to areas that are well away from the tropical zones, and in the winter months.
If you are fair skinned and live in a hot climate, it is a good idea to keep out of the strong midday sun. Limit your exposure to morning and evening times when you can tolerate the effects of sun better.
People often resort to high doses of ascorbic acid for a cold. Ascorbic acid is not vitamin C. You may find it can help in the short term, but it may do damage in the long term. A better approach is to take natural vitamin C.
You can find this in some wholefood supplements such as acerola cherry, camu acmu and kakadu plum. As some of these may be hard for you to source, you can always fall back on the reliable lemon.
But don’t stop at lemons. You can make up a concoction of lemon, honey and ginger that will last for months in the fridge. When you feel a cold coming on, a teaspoon in warm water several times a day can give your immunity that boost to prevent it developing into anything more serious.
By adding turmeric (curcumin) and cinnamon, you will get that extra boost and it will add flavour. Experiment with quantities to get the taste just right for you. All these five natural ingredients, available in most kitchens, will do you far more good than just resolving your cold. Just make sure they are from good sources.
Taking your abilities a stage further, there are a handful of homeopathic remedies that can work with amazing speed to halt a cold in its tracks. You can learn more about these at Natural Flu Remedies And Solutions.
Alternatively, seek out professional homeopathic treatment.