Treating Colds and Flu with Natural Products

What do you really need to do to combat colds and influenza? How can you treat the sniffles, coughs and the symptoms of the common cold? Are you almost so accustomed to your annual flu bout, that you treat it as if it is just a normal part of life and an assumed given?

When to REALLY treat a cold or the flu

The absolutely best time to treat a cold or the flu is when you don’t have it in your system!

Symptoms of Cold and Flu

Hundreds of separate and independent viruses cause the common cold.[1] These can begin approximately 2-3 days after infection and may include the following:

  • Painful, red, raw throat
  • Phlegm build up in chest
  • Mucous build up in nose
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Swollen glands
  • Headache
  • Coughs
  • Sneezes
  • Lethargy, exhaustion

The temperature or fever aspect of the common cold or the flu is more common in children, although adults may also experience this. However, this may also indicate complications, so if fever is present, make sure to seek appropriate medical advice.

Natural Remedies

A naturopathic approach focuses on preventative measures that optimise and boost the immune system so that the common cold and flu is less likely to take hold.

If you can adequately boost your immune system you live better, feel better and experience far more improved all round health. My firm belief is natural health is the way to go and that this ensures you the best possible long term life outcome which is very different to simply treating an ailment.

Immune Boosters

Echinacea – is often touted as a revolutionary and new treatment for the common cold and for flu symptoms. The plant however is a native American species hailing from the North America Plains and is now grown on most continents around the world.[2] This herb actually hardens the cell wall so that it becomes more impenetrable to infection. It is a bit like reinforcing a cement wall with a new layer to strengthen a boundary.

The bacteria or virus cannot penetrate the cell wall and so you remain healthy and free from the full onslaught of influenza symptoms or cold symptoms.

Natural Cough Remedies

Various natural cough remedies are available. Products containing essential oils and herbs such as eucalyptus, pastilles, peppermint, juniper and clove can help to soothe and also boost your immunity.

You may also want to source products that contain magnesium phosphate and silica as these tend to work on a cellular level and balance the lymphatic system of fluid and inflammations (as occurs with the flu and the common cold.)

You may also want to remember to keep your body healthy by using lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, as well as taking vitamin and mineral supplements as are needed. This also helps to boost your immunity and works to stave off infection.

Don’t forget. Prevention is always better than getting ill and then working towards finding a cure. And natural remedies can help.


[1] http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/commonCold/Pages/treatment.aspx

[2] http://www.organicnutrition.co.uk/articles/colds.htm