Grandma Says Try These 5 Natural Remedies For Colds

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It’s that time of year – cold and flu season. People across the country are scrambling to keep their immune systems strong and find ways to battle colds naturally.

But, just how do you do that? Are there natural remedies for colds that actually work? Like a loud bellowing sneak-up-on-you sneeze, the answer is a resounding yes. There are many things you can implement in your home that are natural, safe and effective when dealing with a cold.

Here are 5 simple things you can try when a cold strikes your home.

Bone Broth

You know that old time practice of giving chicken noodle soup to sick children? Well, there just might be something to it. Chicken broth has been known to inhibit cell inflammation and mitigate cold symptoms. It’s best to make your own bone broth. You can control the ingredients and it’s much more affordable. Learn to make chicken broth and beef broth, and serve it to your family regularly.

Vitamin C

As often recommended, Vitamin C is a very effective natural remedy for the common cold as it increases the body’s production of white blood cells. It can also diminish the reproduction of viruses and reduce inflammation and mucus in your nasal cavity. Vitamin C supplements are a great choice, but you can also consume foods that are high in vitamin C, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kiwi, lemons, oranges, parsley, peaches, strawberries and tomatoes.

Essential Oils

There are many essential oils that are renowned for their ability to support the immune system and fight off threats to your body. Some of these oils include Clove, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Oregano, Geranium, Lavender, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. Be sure to look for high quality, pure oils with independent testing that are labeled as generally recognized as safe for consumption. You want a company that does not adulterate their oils, and only companies that are confident in the purity of their oils label them this way.

Hot Tea

Drinking fluids and staying hydrated is key to recovering from the common cold. Hot tea is a great choice for averting dehydration and preventing the drying of your nose and throat at the same time. Many teas also have antioxidant properties to further help support the immune system and flush toxins from your body.

Master Tonic

Many foods have been renowned for centuries for their antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Some of these foods include onions, garlic, ginger, horseradish and hot peppers. Raw apple cider vinegar is also known for its ability to fight off threats to your body. Combine those together into a formula called the Master Tonic or Fire Cider, and you have a very effective way to combat the common cold this winter. Make it now, because it takes some time to brew.

These are just 5 of many ways you can naturally combat the common cold. What are your best tips for dealing with the cold naturally?

Feature image courtesy of Allan Foster 

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Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.