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It’s that time of year again when it seems like everyone around you has a bad case of the crud.

You do your best to wash your hands and wipe things down, but inevitably you end up catching it too.

I don’t know about you but I don’t have time to be sick. Before I knew better, getting a cold usually involved a week of unproductively and an entire bottle of an orange-colored liquid. 

Nowadays, our family is no longer reliant on over-the-counter medicine to suppress our symptoms. I don’t even keep them stocked in the house anymore. 

In fact, since switching to a more natural lifestyle, we rarely get sick. When we do, it lasts maybe a day or two at most.

My goal in sharing this information with you is to not only give you a plethora of home remedies for the cold and cough that afflicts you, but also to give you a guide on how to keep your body strong. 

I mean, would it not be great to take your family in public without fear of getting sick? 

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Understanding Your Cold Symptoms

Believe it or not, there is a true purpose behind our cold symptoms. It is evidence that your immune system is fighting a battle with the invading virus. 

For example, fevers are how our body makes itself inhospitable for viruses. Fevers kill bacteria and viruses and prevent them from replicating. (source)

It doesn’t make sense for us to use antipyretics like Tylenol to lower the body temperature when we have a cold. Not only will this cripple your body from healing but can actually make things worse.

Chest and nasal congestion is yet another productive symptom indicating your body is fighting.

Related: Chest congestion remedies for infants

Mucus producing tissue lines many areas of our bodies where a virus could invade such as the sinuses, throat, and lungs.

When we are exposed to a virus, our bodies send white blood cells to those areas. An epic battle will commence to regain your state of health. This causes our mucus production to increase so we can protect our cells and get rid of the battle remnants.

Over the counter decongestants work by narrowing the blood vessels in our mucus membranes. This decreases the swelling but also slows the body’s ability to get rid of dead viruses and white blood cells.

If you have ever had a head cold turn into months of miserable chest congestion or bronchitis, it could be that the infection settled into your chest because it wasn’t able to get out of your body.

Coughing, last but not least, is yet another way the body gets rid of excess mucus and all those dead viruses.

Keeping all of this in mind, using over the counter medicine to suppress your body’s natural defenses doesn’t help you get better faster.

But

No one wants to feel miserable. Lucky for us we aren’t going to sit on the sidelines and just ride this out. We are going to attack this cough and cold fiercely with home remedies.

 

Do these things as soon as you feel a cold coming on 

 

When I have a cold, my body usually alerts me in a subtle way.

I might get a chill that I can’t get rid of, or have the smallest hint of a sore throat. 

Whatever you first symptoms are, there are a few things you are going to want to do to support your immune system. 

Here’s the list:

1. Clean up your diet

Avoid processed foods, sugar, and heavy meats like the plague.

When your body is fighting an infection, you don’t want to expend unnecessary energy by eating things that are hard to digest.

Related: Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut? Learn how to improve your gut health naturally here.

Eat plenty of raw organic fruits and vegetables to increase your natural Vitamin C intake.

Smoothies and freshly pressed juices are wonderful because they give your body plenty of vitamins with less digestive efforts.

Atlantic cod, salmon, and free range eggs are great sources of protein when you have a cold. They are packed with immune-boosting healthy fats and are easy to digest.

 

2. Clear your schedule

 

Anything you can eliminate from your schedule is a worthy effort.

The more rest you can get, the faster your body will kick the cough.

This could mean calling off work or having your mom take the kids off your hands for a day or so.

The body has a way of demanding the very thing it needs, which is why we are more susceptible to getting sick when we are very busy or under a lot of stress.

 

3. Drink Elderberry

 

Elderberry is a magical fruit given to us by God himself and is one of the most effective plants to reduce the duration and severity of colds.

You can make your own elderberry syrup or buy a premade tincture to squirt in your water everyday.

4. Ginger Tea

 

Ginger is a superior immune supporting food. It strengthens the body’s defenses through its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. (source)

I like to drink ginger tea because drinking hot liquids also helps soothe sore throats.

Also, squeeze a lemon in your tea to add some extra Vitamin C.

You may also consider trying this easy immune boosting detox drink every morning to kick start your body’s healing abilities. 

 

5. Take a detox bath every day

 

A detox bath is a good thing to do when you are sick because it calms the body and eases muscles aches.

Detox baths increase the blood flow to the skin allowing toxins to be released through sweat.

Detox Bath Recipe:

 

Fill the tub with hot water

Add 2 cups of epsom salt

Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil

Soak for at least 12 minutes

 

Home Remedies for Cold and Cough

 

Cough be Gone Tea:

 

Mix 2 tbs of coltsfoot leaf, 2 tbs of marsh mallow leaf and flower, and 2 tbs of mullein leaf in a mason jar. Fill the jar with boiling water and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and drink. (recipe source)

Soothing Throat Spray

Use this soothing throat spray as often as 3 times an hour while awake.

Fever Reducing Remedies

Mix 2 tbs elder flower, 2 tbs peppermint leaf, and 2 tbs yarrow flower in a mason jar. Fill with boiling water and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and drink 1/2 cup every 30 minutes until you start to sweat. Continue to drink once and hour until the fever subsides. (recipe source)

-and/or use homeopathy according to specific symptoms-

Aconite 30C– Fever that comes on suddenly, worse around midnight, pale-faced, restless, and thirsty

Belladonna 30C– Fever comes on suddenly and violently, flushed hot skin, pounding pulse, staring eyes, delirious

Phosphorus 6C– looks well despite fever, behaves apathetically, seeks sympathy, craves cold drinks, vomiting, chest infection

Gelsemium 6C– Shivery with flu-like muscle aches, heavy eyelids, not thirsty despite fever, headache made worse by movement.

Ferrum phos 30C– fever comes on gradually, red cheeks, weak rapid pulse, shivery despite sweating, throbbing headache, soothed by cool application

 

**if none of these remedies match your symptoms, purchase a home homeopathy guide to find the correct remedy.