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Preventing and Treating Winter Colds

Herbal prevention and treatment that’s safe and effective.

| December/January 2009

The signs don’t lie: scratchy throat, nasal congestion, watery eyes. It is, indeed, the start of another cold. If your first thought is to reach for the Airborne, that over-the-counter herbal cold remedy invented by a teacher, think again. It probably won’t make a dent.

But other herbal and natural approaches do prevent colds—and if you do end up catching a cold, natural treatments can spare you considerable misery.  

Colds are humanity’s most prevalent illness. Caused by more than 200 viruses, each one technically causes a “different” cold. But because all colds produce similar symptoms, the malady is considered a single illness. 

Most colds start with a scratchy throat, and progress through nasal congestion, watery eyes and runny nose to a dry, hacking cough that may become bronchitis. Childhood colds may cause fever, but adult colds rarely do.

Medically, colds are minor and clear up by themselves in a week or so. But this minor illness causes major misery and is quite costly. Americans suffer 500 million colds annually and spend $17 billion a year treating them. Most of that money is wasted on over-the-counter cold formulas that suppress symptoms without spurring healing. Herbal and natural approaches are preferable because they provide real protection and/or speed healing.

Break the Chain of Cold Transmission

12/24/2013 2:08:45 PM

I used to get terribly sick every year. It would become a 2 month event, with several trips to the doctor, and several prescriptions. What I've learned is that I got sick around the 'sugar holidays', Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's, Easter. The sugar impairs your immune system, and unbalances your intestinal yeasts, which are necessary for proper digestion when properly balanced with beneficial bacteria. Reduce your sugar intake around the holidays. Remember that these are treats, not true food. Take probiotics to help rebalance your system... more when you eat more sugars. Since I started this, I've only had one cold in 3 years, and it went away in a week.

12/24/2013 8:42:57 AM

I take a product by NOW called Immune Renew, garlic capsules, and 1,000 mg of Vitamin-C every day, all year 'round, which works well for me. At the first sign of cold or flu, my whole family (teens included) run for the wild oregano oil. It's tastes truly horrible and is peppery hot, but one to two drops in about 1/2 cup of warm water (drink it fast)taken soon enough enough, really knocks symptoms out for us within 24 hours! Less effective, but helpful, is fresh oregano tea, if you happen to have the plant. it is easy to grow and unlike the oil, tastes very good.

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