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In this article:

  • Proper rest
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ginger
  • Nasal lavage
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Raw honey
  • Healthy eating
  • Vitamin C
  • Liquid herbal extracts
  • Vitamin D
  • Lemon oil
  • Peppermint oil

A comprehensive treatment of colds may contribute to a speedy recovery.

The common cold is a very common disease. Most often, thus the body forces us to slow down, rest and relax a bit. While in most cases, the flu goes away by itself, there are many natural remedies to alleviate her symptoms make breathing easier, reduce the intensity and frequency of cough and improve the General condition of the patient. Moreover, natural holistic cold remedies are often cheaper of medicines from the pharmacy. Many of the “side effects” of these drugs are positive.

Proper rest

The rest is definitely included in the list of means from a cold. For example, you can take a day off and go for a massage. In principle, cold — the perfect excuse to do nothing without feeling guilty about it. Rest will allow the immune system to unify the body’s energy for healing and strengthening. In addition, those who rest a lot during a cold usually recover faster.

Apple cider vinegar

Tea with Apple cider vinegar or gargle with this tea three to four times a day also helps to quickly recover from colds. The amount of water added to each Cup, can be changed depending on the preferences of the person.


  • 2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey
  • lemon juice to taste
  • the right amount of hot water

All the ingredients are mixed together in a Cup, then drink can drink or use for gargling.

Makes 1 serving


Drinking two or three cups of ginger tea a day will help to strengthen the immune system, relieve nasal congestion, soothe sore throat and reduce inflammation. Make a tea by themselves, or buy ginger tea bags or in loose form.


  • 2 teaspoons of grated ginger
  • 1 Cup water
  • honey if desired

Grated ginger is placed in a Cup and pour hot water. If you wish to taste you can add honey. This tea can be drunk for pleasure.

Makes 1 serving

Ginger volley

For the brave of heart, there is a “ginger volley”. If you think that there comes a cold, this remedy will surely nip it in the Bud. Follow this recipe.


  • juice of 4 g of ginger
  • a drop of oil of oregano
  • a bit of Cayenne pepper

All the ingredients must be put into a glass and drink in one gulp. To this mixture you can also add 1/4 Cup of orange juice or other juice that you like, to make it easier to drink.

Nasal lavage

For clearing nasal passages and relieving nasal congestion you can use a Neti pot pot. This little kettle has a special form, which is used to clean and relieve stuffiness of the sinuses.

You will need:

  • Sterilized water, brought to a boil, and then cooled to an acceptable temperature
  • Salt or saline solution

A teaspoon of salt or a packet of saline solution placed in the kettle Neti pot and pour sterile, but not distilled warm water. Once the salt has dissolved, the kettle is closed by a lid. The patient then stood over the sink, tilts her head to one side, and the spout directs in the upper nostril. Salt water enters the nose, where it kills bacteria, cleanses the passages, soothes and washes away mucus, and then flows out through the second nostril thereby removing the symptoms of congestion of the sinuses. The procedure is performed in the morning and evening for desired number of days. Before use, you can check the temperature of the water, dropping elbow, so it was not too hot.

The Neti pot, a lid and any other components should be washed after each use either in the upper compartment of the dishwasher or by hand with soap for dishes and sponge. When washing manually final rinsing must be thorough. Use hot boiled or distilled water.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is used to relieve nasal congestion and ease breathing in colds. A few drops of eucalyptus oil is applied to the opposite side of the shower cabin when taking a hot shower or add to bath with warm water. Four to five drops of eucalyptus oil placed in a large bowl and pour boiling water. Then the Cup is placed on a solid surface, and the patient leans over her, covering the head and bowl with a towel or blanket for 5-10 minutes. These procedures can be performed two times a day. In case of problems with the liver, the use of eucalyptus is not recommended.

Raw honey

Local raw honey increases immunity, softens the cough and soothes sore throat due to antioxidants and its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Dissolve 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey in a Cup of warm water, lemon water or your favorite tea. That’s all you need to to feel the benefits of honey. Please note that children under 1 year of age honey can be given.

Despite the attractiveness of sweets during illness, the body to handle sugar requires a lot of energy that weakens the immune system. If your product is not sweetened with honey or contains too much sugar, it should be abandoned. The cough drops usually contain a minimum of sugar, and other hard candies, ice cream, candies, jellies and puddings can soothe a sore throat. It should be remembered that too much sugar does more harm than good.

Healthy eating

For colds useful to eat properly. The use of soft foods and refraining from gluten, sugar and dairy products will give your immune system necessary for the recovery of energy. The best food for a cold — fresh fruit, vegetables, juices without sugar and chicken soup. This type of diet may also reduce inflammation in the lungs.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can also help to get rid of a cold. If taken as a dietary Supplement, the recommended daily amount ranges from 500 to 1,000 milligrams for children and 2 to 4 grams for adults. This amount should be divided into several doses and take throughout the day. Another great source of vitamin C are fruits grown in your region in season like oranges, and juice. Should try the following food Supplement vitamin C: pure elderberry syrup and acerola.

Liquid herbal extracts

Some extracts can do wonders if taken exactly when you think that you are sick. Recommended extracts: extract, Echinacea extract, Goldenseal canadian, and Cayenne pepper extract. One drop of the extract under the tongue a couple of times a day can give instant results and to protect from the cold.

Vitamin D

It is proved that Vitamin D significantly reduces the symptoms of a cold or stops the disease. Natural vitamin D can be obtained after spending enough time in the sun, but milk it to fail, if you avoid dairy products to alleviate cold symptoms. Proven Supplement with vitamin D3 taken in recommended doses, stops the flu in the Bud or significantly alleviates his symptoms. There is even vitamin D for vegans.

Lemon oil

Lemon oil also helps to fight colds. This oil is extracted from the rind of the fruit. Add a drop of oil in 2 liters of water and drink this water little by little throughout the day. So drinking plain water is much nicer in the process you are struggling with a cold, cleansing the body and eliminating the pain in the throat. You can also add a few drops to a diffuser to help you breathe easier.


It seems that the list of holistic remedies for the common cold would not be complete without mention of peppermint oil. One drop can be added to a small amount of coconut or almond oil on the palm and rubbed on the chest and feet in the morning before dressing or at night before bedtime to enjoy easy breathing and tidal forces.

This article was written by staff writer iHerb.