Anti-Cold Remedies that Work: Effective modern and natural remedies

orange peel and ginger root tea
orange peel and ginger root tea | Source

Natural remedies to alleviate pain, lessen duration of symptoms and provide comfort when you have a cold

The original blog post that inspired this hubpage is here: http://fourhourworkweek.com/2008/03/18/4-anti-cold-cocktails-that-work-from-ancient-china-to-german-alcoholics-and-modern-labs/

I have used these remedies for years and they are very helpful when dealing with a bad cold, or any bad illness. Because I have chronic fatigue syndrome, when Im stick it takes an extra toll on me physically as well as mentally.

Not all of these remedies are natural and some have been expanded upon Timothy Ferris's blog post (its from 2008). Most of these remedies are relatively inexpensive and would be a good idea to be stocked up on year round just in case.

The Republic of Tea, Orange Ginger Mint Tea, 36-Count

The Republic of Tea, Orange Ginger Mint Tea, 36-Count
The Republic of Tea, Orange Ginger Mint Tea, 36-Count

Ginger is spicy on the tongue yet soothing to the digestive system

Mint has power to calm a stormy stomach with sweetness

This herb combo with its orange bergamot mint creates a lusciously fruity cup

 

Frontier Natural Products Organic Orange Peel Cut and Sifted -- 1 lb

Frontier Natural Products 985 Orange Peel Cut & Sifted Organic 1 lb
Frontier Natural Products 985 Orange Peel Cut & Sifted Organic 1 lb

Orange peel is often used to enhance other flavors in desserts, gravies, sauces, and meat dishes

Frontier

 
orange peels with epsom salt
orange peels with epsom salt | Source
ginger pieces flattened down
ginger pieces flattened down | Source

Ginger root and Orange peel tea homemade or store bought to fight colds

In Timothy Ferriss's original blog post he wrote how he learned a chinese remedy that helped with colds from a nearby chinese restaurant. The tea is simple to make but involves the peel of an orange or two, ginger, cinnamon and something to help sweeten it (stevia, maple syrup or raw sugar). You simply boil the orange peel and the chopped up pieces of ginger for about 10-15 minutes (only about a tablespoon or two is needed, not much ginger is needed). You can also probably use a natural orange/ginger tea as well.

This will help as ginger and oranges have been shown to have immune promoting properties and anti-viral properties as well.

You can drink this at least once a day if not more, while your sick to help fight your cold.

Starwest Botanicals Ginger Root Powder Organic, 1-Pound

Starwest Botanicals Organic Ginger Root Powder, 1 Pound
Starwest Botanicals Organic Ginger Root Powder, 1 Pound

Starwest botanicals

Ginger root powder

Diaphoretic

 

Ceylon Cinnamon (100% Certified Organic, 500 mg), 90 Capsules

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon (100% USDA Certified) Supplement, 90 Capsules
Organic Ceylon Cinnamon (100% USDA Certified) Supplement, 90 Capsules

Ceylon Cinnamon (100% Certified Organic, 500 mg), 90 Capsules

100% Vegetarian, Non-GMO, Gluten Free

500 mg per Capsule (No fillers or Additives)

Certified Organic Ceylon Supplement (Made in USA)

Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels Safely, Reduces Inflammation & Joint Pain

 
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Cinnamon supplementation (can also be taken with aforementioned tea) to fight colds

Cinnamon has many beneficial properties that have been demonstrated in numerous studies and research. It can help with inflammation, help regular blood sugar and has been shown to have anti-viral properties as well.

It can either be added to the orange/ginger tea or supplemented with directly. You only need to take 1-2 a day, as taking too much can worsen problems, can potentially cause liver problems or other health complications. Ceylon cinnamon (true cinnamon) has been shown to have less incidences of complications. Cassia cinnamon is the kind generally used and bought most often in grocery stores and elsewhere. Both have different taste profiles, color and appearance.

For a cassia vs ceylon cinnamon breakdown check here: http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/ceylon-cinnamon.html

Frontier Herb Organic Powdered Ceylon Cinnamon, 1 Pound bag -- 1 each.

Frontier Herb Organic Powdered Ceylon Cinnamon, 1 Pound bag -- 1 each.
Frontier Herb Organic Powdered Ceylon Cinnamon, 1 Pound bag -- 1 each.

Certified Organic!

Bulk Herbs-spices-nutritionals

Pack of one pound

Handy, delicious, ceylon cinnamon

 

2-pc Orange or Citrus Peeler

2-pc Orange or Citrus Peeler
2-pc Orange or Citrus Peeler

Set of 2 orange peelers

Color: orange

This tool lets you score citrus peel then peel it back.

6 inch long

 

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes Single Use Pouch - 1.65 lb Bag

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes - Single Use - 1.65 lbs
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes - Single Use - 1.65 lbs

Restores cellular magnesium levels

Acts as a cellular protectant

Supports detoxification

Relieves aches and pains

Improves mood and relieves stress

Encourages healthy skin tissue

 

White Mountain Epsom Salt 3 Lb Containers (Pack of 2)

White Mountain Epsom Salt 3 Lb Containers (Pack of 2)
White Mountain Epsom Salt 3 Lb Containers (Pack of 2)

100% natural mineral

Can be used as a soaking aid for minor sprains & bruises

Provides short term relief of constipation

Great at anytime of the year

Rediscover the benefits of Epsom Salt

 

Maxi Mel-O-Chew, 200-Count

Maxi Health Mel-O-Chew - Chewable Melatonin - Sleep Aid - 1 Mg - Berry Flavor - 200 Chewies - Kosher
Maxi Health Mel-O-Chew - Chewable Melatonin - Sleep Aid - 1 Mg - Berry Flavor - 200 Chewies - Kosher

Chewable melatonin

Powerful sleep enhancer

Helps fight jet lag

Eat about 3-5 of these around bedtime (max of 10 though), can also help reset circadian rhythms.

 

Source Naturals GABA Calm, Orange, 120 Tablets

Source Naturals GABA Calm, Orange, 120 Tablets
Source Naturals GABA Calm, Orange, 120 Tablets

Combines three of the main inhibitory neurotransmitters, plus N-acytyl L-tyrosine, a precursor of norepinephrine

Absorbed directly into the bloodstream, via the blood vessels under the tongue and cheeks, allowing for quick entry into the system

Has a natural Orange Flavor

Contains magnesium, GABA, glycine, n-acetyl l-tyrosine and taurine

Available in peppermint

 

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Natural Factors Stress-Relax Pharma Gaba Chewable Tablets, 60-Count

Natural Factors - Stress-Relax Pharma GABA 100mg, Fast Acting, 60 Chewable Tablets
Natural Factors - Stress-Relax Pharma GABA 100mg, Fast Acting, 60 Chewable Tablets

60 Chewable Tablets

Promotes Relaxation & Mental Focus

Does Not Contain: Artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners; no soy, starch, wheat or yeast

 

Now Foods, L-Theanine 200 Mg, Veg-Capsules, 60-Count

Now Foods, L-Theanine 200 Mg, Veg-Capsules, 60-Count
Now Foods, L-Theanine 200 Mg, Veg-Capsules, 60-Count

Double Strength

Serving Size: 1 Vcap

Servings Per Container: 60

Supports Cardiovascular Function

Stress Management

 
epsom salt crystals
epsom salt crystals | Source

Epsom Salt (or magnesium chloride) bath to help relieve pain when sick

Epsom salt baths can help relieve tension, soreness and stiffness from your muscles, that is very common when you have a cold or are very sick. If you are at all sensitive to sulfur (or thiols) compounds you can opt to take a magnesium chloride bath instead of using magnesium sulfate (epsom salt). You should stay in the bath for at least 20-30 minutes to get the full effect of the epsom salt. Other additional items you can add to the bath are essential oils, baking soda and regular salt, as well as vitamin c.

Vitamin c, salt, baking soda and essential oils can help enhance the effects of the epsom salt and provide more soothing relief. You can take one of these baths daily until you are no longer sick.

Jarrow Formulas L-Tryptophan TryptoPure, 500mg, 60 VCaps

Jarrow Formulas L-Tryptophan, For Relaxation, Positive Mood & Sleep, 500 mg, 60 Veggie Caps
Jarrow Formulas L-Tryptophan, For Relaxation, Positive Mood & Sleep, 500 mg, 60 Veggie Caps

For Relaxation; Positive Mood & Sleep

L-tryptophan may also help in reducing carbohydrate cravings.

No wheat, no gluten, no soybeans, no dairy, no egg, no fish/shellfish, no peanuts/tree nuts, no corn.

 

Kyolic Garlic Formula 100 Original Cardiovascular Formula (300 Capsules)

Kyolic Garlic Formula 100 Original Cardiovascular Formula (300 Capsules)
Kyolic Garlic Formula 100 Original Cardiovascular Formula (300 Capsules)

300 Capsules

Serving Size: 2 capsules

150 Servings Per Container

 
valerian, kava, passion flower and hops
valerian, kava, passion flower and hops | Source

Melatonin, gaba, theanine, valerian root and L-tryptophan supplementation to help with sleep

Getting enough sleep is difficult when you are sick. It can be hard to breathe if your congested and for those that already suffer from insomnia, being sick can worsen your insomnia. Melatonin along with a few other supplements such as theanine, GABA, tryptophan and a few others can help you fall asleep easier and also help with any stress or anxiety produced by being sick.

I take GABA during the day due to several GAD mutations and can help with anxiety, stress and brain performance. Theanine and tryptophan are two amino acids that in high enough doses can help induce sleep as well as increase the quality of sleep as well.

Check out this hubpage for more help on getting the most out of your sleep: http://jheldt.hubpages.com/hub/Hacking-Your-Sleep

Symbiotics Candida Balance: GI Tract Detoxifier, with Colostrum plus and Probiotics, 120 Capsules, (Pack of 2)

Symbiotics Candida Balance: GI Tract Detoxifier, with Colostrum plus and Probiotics, 120 Capsules,  (Pack of 2)
Symbiotics Candida Balance: GI Tract Detoxifier, with Colostrum plus and Probiotics, 120 Capsules, (Pack of 2)

Pack of two, 120-capsules (total of 240 capsules)

Dietary supplement

More effective BIO-Lipid

Clinically proven effective

Increase levels of antibodies

 

Optimal Vitamin C Powder | 144 Grams | Best Pure Buffered Vitamin C Powder, Absorbs Quickly | Tastes Great! | Terrific for everyone, including kids!

Optimal Vitamin C Powder | 144 Grams | Buffered Vitamin C Powder | Tastes Great! | Physician Formulated | Seeking Health
Optimal Vitamin C Powder | 144 Grams | Buffered Vitamin C Powder | Tastes Great! | Physician Formulated | Seeking Health

Each teaspoon offers 2549 mg of buffered vitamin C along with additional antioxidants such as Quercetin, Hesperidin and Rutin!

Great tasting effervescent powder with natural bioflavonoids found in citrus fruits!

Optimal Vitamin C is sweetened without fructose or any unfavorable sweeteners!

 
Garlic, probiotics, melatonin, vitamin c
Garlic, probiotics, melatonin, vitamin c | Source

Garlic, probiotic and vitamin c supplementation to help fight infection when treating a cold

Garlic has been shown to have wonderful anti-viral properties as well as with helping increase immunity. It can be taken up to 3 times a day, with 2 capsules per dose. If you are sensitive or suspect you are sensitive to thiol/sulfur compounds I would avoid supplementing with garlic. By supplementing with probiotics you can help with your gut health, and increase immunity. Brain health as well as immunity has been shown to have a clear connection to our gut health. The better our digestion is working, the better our brains, nervous system and our immune systems work. I usually take a supplement that has several probiotic strains with prebiotic, lactoferrin, all in one which help a lot with gut health.

Vitamin C can be taken in high doses without many complications. When vitamin c is taken in higher dosages it can increase levels of iron in your body. Too high iron levels in your body can cause problems though, so if you have already elevated levels of iron you won't need to supplement with as much vitamin c. You can take up to 8-10 grams divided in 1 gram dosages and taken every hour to two hours (until no longer sick). I naturally have a bit of vitamin c already added to my natural electrolyte mix and its always a good idea to stay hydrated when your sick anyway, check out my natural electrolyte mix here though: http://jheldt.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-make-natural-electrolyte-mix-AKA-MTHFRade

Swan Hydrogen Peroxide 32 Oz Pack of Two

Swan Hydrogen Peroxide Topical 32 Ounces Pack of 2
Swan Hydrogen Peroxide Topical 32 Ounces Pack of 2

Topical Solution Helps Prevent Infection, to help fight colds and sore throat.

 

Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier, Blue

Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier, Blue
Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier, Blue

Gently soothes baby with moisture rich air

Quiet operation

Two 360 degree mist outlets

Easy fill tank for 12 hours of nursery coverage

Auto shut off

Can help with sinus relief as well as improve sleep quality and skin problems as well.

 

How to Prevent or Cure the Common Cold, Sore Throats, and Influenza With Hydrogen Peroxide

Breathe Right Nasal Strips, Extra, 26-Count Box

Breathe Right Extra Tan Nasal Strips - 26 Count
Breathe Right Extra Tan Nasal Strips - 26 Count

Gently open nasal passages so you can breathe through your nose and close your mouth, reducing snoring

Each drug-free, non-prescription nasal strip consists of flexible, spring-like bands

Provide nasal congestion relief due to the common cold or allergies, snoring relief to sleep better

Better breathing for people with a deviated septum

 
Nasal Rinse/irritant
Nasal Rinse/irritant | Source

Nasal rinse/sinus irrigation for decongestant

There are several nasal rinsing/irrigation products out on the market. You can find these at grocery stores as well as online. These help clean and clear out your nasal passages, and helping relieve congestion. You can do it several times a day and generally need to rinse out both of your nostrils to get the most out of using your nasal rinse.

Nasal rinses/irrigation can also help when you have sinus infections/problems or when your body is congested due to other reasons as well.

1 Ml Calibrated Glass Dropper - Straight Tip

Apothecary Products Ezy Dose Straight Tip Calibrated Medicine Dropper
Apothecary Products Ezy Dose Straight Tip Calibrated Medicine Dropper

Ezy Dose Glass Dropper with Straight Tip

Calibrated to deliver an accurate dosage of medication every time. Can also be used to slow controlled dispensing of liquid medication. The dropper holds 1 mL of liquid. Calibrated in 0.1 mL increments. Top rack dishwasher safe.

Directions:

TO FILL DROPPER: 1. Squeeze black bulb. 2. Immerse tip into medication or solution. 3. Release bulb slowly to allow tube to fill to desired amount.

TO DISPENSE LIQUID: 1. Squeeze bulb slowly. 2. To deliver complete contents, squeeze bulb until dropper is empty. For dispensing liquid, squeeze bulb until the desired number of drops have been released. To avoid contamination, avoid touching tip of dropper to object or other liquid.

TO CLEAN: 1. Remove the bulb from the tube. 2. Wash both the bulb and the tube in warm soapy water. Rinse well. 3. Air dry before reassembling.

 

Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Lozenges, Honey Lemon, 27 Count

Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Lozenges, Honey Lemon, 27 Count
Zicam Ultra Cold Remedy Lozenges, Honey Lemon, 27 Count

It is non-drowsy and non-habit forming

It is homeopathic

Great tasting flavor

 
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Other recommendations to help fight a cold

Using a vaporizer or humidifier can help clear up your congestion/sinuses and help provide congestion relief. I naturally have a humidifier in my room as it helps with sleep quality. Its best to use cold mist humidifiers as they work equally as well as warm mist humidifiers.

Staying hydrated is also important as well, drink lots of water as well as drinking electrolytes as well either in a natural electrolyte mix (linked above) or using Emergen-C. By staying hydrated it can help your immune system as well as provide relief for congestion.

You can also help relieve congested sinuses with a hot or cold pack. Be sure if you use a hot pack that its not too hot and will burn your skin.

Using nasal strips at night can help open nasal passages as well as putting an extra pillow or two underneath your head to allow your sinuses to drain.

To help with pain and inflammation, tylenol or ibuprofen can help a lot, and will help speed up the healing process. Just be sure to not take too many at a time and to space it out throughout the day. As far as over the counter cold medicines, I would advise taking something for inflammation (such as ibuprofen) as well as something to help with congestion such as a decongestant. A lot of cold medicines have high fructose corn syrup, as well as additives and preservatives which aren't good for you.

An all natural supplement you can take as well is Zicam. It is high in zinc, and homeopathic properties that help lessen the severity and duration of a cold or sickness. Take it when you are first sick until you no longer feel any symptoms. Zicam in lozenge form or oral mist is the best form to take. You can also use zicam for congestion relief as well, it is all natural and will help relieve your nasal passages as well.

Also if you a bad cough take cough drops as well, suck on them and chew on them throughout the day to help relieve a sore throat.

If you are sick for longer than a week or feel like you need to see a doctor, be sure to go see one. The doctor can often prescribe anti-viral or antibiotic medication to help as well as other recommendations or medications to help.

Also a rather unconventional approach that can help fight the common cold in the early stages is hydrogen peroxide. When you find you are just starting to get sick add 3-4 drops in your ear every couple of hours. Research has shown infection may come from the ear canal and not the nose or mouth as previously thought. A video above is shown to help demonstrate.

Zicam Oral Mist Honey Lemon Flavor 2 1.0 Fl. Oz. Bottles

Zicam Oral Mist Honey Lemon Flavor 2 1.0 Fl. Oz. Bottles
Zicam Oral Mist Honey Lemon Flavor 2 1.0 Fl. Oz. Bottles

Reduces the duration of a cold

honey lemon flavor

homeopathic

take at the first sign of a cold

 

Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief -- 0.5 fl oz

Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Nasal Gel-0.5oz
Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief Nasal Gel-0.5oz

with Soothing Aloe Vera Temporarily relieves nasal congestion due to common cold, sinusitis, hay fever, upper respiratory allergies

Zicam

 

How to Practically Cure a Cold in One Day

NOW Foods Valerian Root, 500mg, 250 Capsules

NOW Foods Valerian Root 500mg, 250 Vcaps
NOW Foods Valerian Root 500mg, 250 Vcaps

Herbal supplement

GMP quality assured

Dietary supplement

 

Sinus Relief Nasal Decongestant PHYTOFED-HF Natural Nasal Decongestant - 340 Total Tablets #3402

Sinus Relief Nasal Decongestant PHYTOFED-HF Natural Nasal Decongestant - 340 Total Tablets #3402
Sinus Relief Nasal Decongestant PHYTOFED-HF Natural Nasal Decongestant - 340 Total Tablets #3402

Natural Nasal Decongestant You want relief from drainage, hacking coughing?! Then try this product! Send it back if it does not work, (see the special offer below) but I think you will be elated with the relief you get without the drugged out feeling. Thanks Unlike all to many over-the-counter pills, PHYTOFED-HF® will not leave the user feeling drugged. Why? Because it contains no drugs. It is all natural. This is absolutely one of the best products on the market for sinus/nasal congestion relief. If you have sinus/nasal congestion, then do yourself a favor and try this product. You will not be disappointed! However, the offer above allows you to TRY IT AT NO RISK!!! NO RISK FREE offer? Buy the 250 Size and get the 90 size FREE. Use the 90 size and if not completely satisfied return the UN-OPENED 250 size within 30 days for a 100% refund!! This product is Manufactured in our own state-of-the-art FDA Registered Facility using Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) assuring correct potencies, freshness, quality and purity. We make, package and ship from the same facility. No National advertising or Multi-Level. From the source to you!

 

Home remedies for common cold

Tylenol(R) Extra-Strength, 2-Caplet Dosage, 100 caplets total,500mg each

Tylenol(R) Extra-Strength, 2-Caplet Dosage, 100 caplets total,500mg each
Tylenol(R) Extra-Strength, 2-Caplet Dosage, 100 caplets total,500mg each

Pain reliever and fever reducer

Does not contain aspirin

Contains acetaminophen

 

Pyrex Portable Hot & Cold Pack Combo - Large

Pyrex Portable Hot & Cold Pack Combo - Large
Pyrex Portable Hot & Cold Pack Combo - Large

Measure 7inches by 11 inches.,Freeze or Microwave,Can be placed in any type of container for continued heating or cooling

 

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