Re-Grow Roots

Learning to live harmoniously in Missouri.


Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

Are you feeling the winter blues this season and want to kick that cold fast? Put down that bottle of Nyquil and relieve it naturally! The best way to get rid of a cold really fast, is to catch it at the onset. If you are feeling slightly congested or have a sinus headache coming on, knock it down right away with these awesome remedies…

1 // LOTS of Vitamin C! Vitamin C will boost your immune system to prevent or fight off the pesky cold. I see lots of people taking vitamin supplements, but getting Vitamin C from a whole food will give you a greater effect. Some wonderful sources of vitamin C include ascerola cherries, rose hips, and of course the popular citrus fruits. I like to squeeze a half lemon into a glass of water and I also love my rose hips tincture!

2 // Plenty of Water is a must. It is very important to stay hydrated so your body can be energized and heal quickly

3 // Garlic has the amazing power to fight the infection that causes the cold. It’s most effective to eat RAW, whole garlic cloves. You can chop them up and put it in a salad or just take a small clove, smash it, and swallow it whole.. no need to chew.

4 // Elderberries are truly wonderful! I have made fresh elderberry cough syrup in the past that has helped my mom get over her bronchitis in just 2 days! You can buy elderberry syrup, elderberry extract, or elderberry capsules from most health or natural food stores.

5 // Mullein is a bountiful wild herb here in Missouri that many would call a weed. Mullein is known as an expectorant and it’s one of the first herbs I think of for a common cold. It helps relieve congestion and clear your lungs so it will help get rid of the cough.

6 // Echinacea is well known for it’s ability to boost your immune system.

7 // Plantain is another expectorant that can help soothe a cough.

8 // Raw Local Honey is delicious and oh so good for you! It is chock full of vitamins and minerals that everyone needs, and when you get LOCAL honey it’s like taking a little vaccination against common allergens in the area that you live in.

9 // Thieves Oil is a very powerful essential oil that was created during the days of the Black Plague by thieves who would go into the homes of people afflicted by the plague. They would douse themselves in it to protect themselves from the wildly infectious disease and many came out totally unharmed! It is amazing at killing bacteria and viruses. You can pick some up at the health food store or online. Put some in a diffuser or rub it into your chest.

These are all the remedies I use. Please feel free to comment if you have any tried and true remedies to share with us! And stay tuned for upcoming articles on herbs and natural healing.