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5 Ways To Naturally Get Rid Of The Common Cold

Updated on September 27, 2014

How To Get Rid Of Your Cold The Natural Way

Getting rid of your cold is important for several reasons. First of all, it's a very uncomfortable problem, one that can keep you in bed for several days if you've got it (and even worse if you have the flu). Also an untreated common cold can turn into bronchitis, a sinus infection and so much more.

Unlike the flu, the common cold is caused by a virus that attacks the upper respiratory tract and infects the throat and the nose. Because it is caused by a virus, not a bacteria, antibiotics will not work. It is not only useless to take antibiotics, but they could also cause harm to the body in more ways that you can count on.

It is interesting to notice how different people react differently to the simple cold. However the reason is less mysterious than one might thing, especially considering that there are currently around 200 different viruses that cause various symptoms. Some people suffer from a sore throat, others are coughing, yet others have a runny or stuffy nose. And most folks will suffer from several of these symptoms.

In addition, depending on the person's immune system, the cold might last from a few days up a week or to. That's why it is said that there is no real cure for the common cold, all we can do is relieve some of the nastier symptoms and shorten the time you are going through this health problem.

Also depending on the immune system, some individuals get the cold every winter, while others get it once every few years.

While it is inevitable that we all get the cold at some point in our lives, a few simple tricks and natural remedies can help you get rid of you cold fast and avoid more serious health issues.

I have listed here several natural ways to ease the symptoms of the common cold and help you get well soon. Give a few of these tips on how to cure cold and stick with the ways that help you the most.

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My Story With The Common Cold

I guess one of the questions you are asking yourself is who am I to talk about the common cold and getting rid of it naturally, what is my expertise with it.

So here is my story.

I was born at 7 months, and the doctors were not even sure I'd make it. When I finally survived, they said it was a miracle. Because I was born prematurely, my immune system was never as strong as that of most people. I had my tonsils taken out at the age of 4, and while that helped greatly with my health problems, one thing I could stop from coming and would last for many days was getting the cold.

I was getting it every time the weather was a bit on the colder side, and often I was not even sure what i had - a cold or the flu, because for me both were quite serious in symptoms and length of the duration. I have tried many natural remedies over the years along with over the counter medicine, and some things worked better for me than others.

I will list here some home home remedies that worked best for me and also some that you might find useful even though it had less beneficial results for me. We are all unique and various strains of the cold virus might affect us in a different ways.

The Book That Really Turned My Life Around

How to Live Longer and Feel Better

I bought the book by Linus Pauling a few years ago and I still have it, well loved on my shelf. It's the book that I refer to often when something ails me. And it is also the book that helped me the most with not only getting rid of the common cold, but also preventing it from coming so often to my place, so to speak, so often.

My Copy Of Linus Pauling's Book With A Different Cover Image

Linus Pauling How To Live Longer And Feel Beter
Linus Pauling How To Live Longer And Feel Beter

Tip #1

Start taking higher doses of vitamin C every day

NOW Vitamin C-1000 Sustained Release,250 Tablets
NOW Vitamin C-1000 Sustained Release,250 Tablets

What I like about this brand is that it's sustained release, meaning that you don't get all the 1000 mg right away, but over time, making sure you flood your body with vitamin C over several hours. This also means that you don't have to take it every hour or so.


Vitamin C Is Important In Fending Off The Common Cold

I've been taking vitamin C all my life, but not much of it and not every day.

What I've learned from the book by Linus Pauling is that once you start taking vitamin C you should take it every day of your life, and the doses that I've been taking were just enough to keep me from getting scurvy, but not to keep me from getting cold. This is truly one of the best home remedies for common cold.

Right now my maintenance dose of daily vitamin C is 3000 mg. Linus Pauling said in his book that by regularly taking vitamin C, by regulating the optimum nutritional intake of this life saving vitamin, one can actually prevent the cold from getting caught in the first place.

However, if the body is already in a weaker state due to some other ailments, the cold might still appear, in which case, when the first usual symptoms start to show, I increase my dose considerably.

These are the symptoms that tell me I'm about to get a cold:

  • sneezing

  • a runny or stuffy nose

  • feeling chilly

  • a feeling of scratchy throat

  • a general feeling of not being 'ok', of not having the full energy we're used to

As soon as I start experiencing any of these symptoms, I increase my vitamin C dose to 8000 mg or more per day. If I do get the cold, usually it's over with in 3-4 days max and the symptoms are milder than I used to have them prior to starting the vitamin C "protocol".

Linus Pauling discusses in his book several studies that have been made over the years to test the efficacy of the vitamin C. A very intriguing study was done in 1977 by Asfora who gave 6000 mg per day to study participants for 5 days, while giving a placebo to half of the team.

The results were quite astonishing. From those who took 6 gram of vitamin C from day 1 of on-setting of some of their cold symptoms, the average day of being sick decreased to only 3.6 days, while the ones on placebo were still sick after a week and more.

However what I really took away from Linus Pauling's book regarding vitamin C is that taking it in higher doses regularly every day without a pause will prevent cold and several other viral infections as well (vitamin C is a known antiviral).

Tip #2

Apple cider vinegar helps with cold symptom relief

apple cider vinegar, baking soda and raw organic honey for cough relief
apple cider vinegar, baking soda and raw organic honey for cough relief | Source

Apple Cider Vinegar And Honey Is Great For Relieving Cold Symptoms

This remedy is a favorite of mine. For me it works mostly for getting rid of coughing, restoring my vocal cords and sinus congestions. I've learned this recipe from my mom and I've been using ever since.

Basically you put a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar (ACV) in a glass, add a teaspoon of honey and add a bit of lukewarm water in the glass. Mix well and drink it.

While this recipe works great for me, I've actually started adding baking soda to the mix for alleviate the acidic taste (and effect) of the ACV. Of course you can use it without baking soda as well. I talked more about this recipe on my blog.

A friend of mine at the first onset of a cold adds 2-3 apple cider vinegar teaspoons in a glass of water and nothing else, He drinks this a few times a day and the cold is much milder this way.

Tip #3

Spicy tomato tea for the cold

V8 juice for the cold
V8 juice for the cold

Spicy Tomato Tea For The Cold

I've read this tip several years ago at Earthclinic ( and I've tried it - and my verdict: it works. Personally I like the taste of ACV with honey more, so I've been using that remedy instead, but I think you will love this one as well.

The original recipe calls for:

* 2 cups V8 Juice

* 2-3 cloves Garlic crushed

* 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice

* Hot Sauce

Basically you mix all the ingredients and heat them in a pan. Then you simply consume it at your discretion. Everything is natural and healthy and the results are impressive. You can also leave the concoction sit a bit in your throat before swallowing if you have throat problems. It really works.

You can substitute the V8 with regular tomato juice, or vegetable juice or even chicken soup.

The original recipe says we can warm it up in the microwave. I personally tend to stay away from the microwave as it's bad for the health, so I simply heat it up on the regular oven the regular, old fashioned way.

Tip #4

Colloidal silver, the little known remedy for the regular cold

Colloidal Silver Fights Cold With A Punch

Colloidal silver is relatively new to me, I've only heard about it 2 or so years ago. Many people find that taking a tablespoon of it a few times a day with spraying it up the nose helps speed recovery from the illness. It seems to kill the virus very fast and it's a remedy worth checking out. Colloidal silver can kill many fungal infections and pathogens.

A great way to use it is to buy an empty nose spay bottle, fill it with colloidal silver and simply spritz is up the nostrils couple of times every day. This along with taking a tablespoon of CS in the morning and one in the night before going to sleep.

Sadly colloidal silver is something I can't get locally so I always buy my supplies online.

This Is The Brand Of Colloidal Silver I Buy Regularly From Amazon

Tip #5

Simple garlic from your kitchen

garlic for cold
garlic for cold

Garlic Is A Great Infection Fighter

I left garlic for last because not everyone loves the taste (or smell) - personally I do both. I'm a major garlic eater, have been all my life (even when I didn't know about the healing properties of garlic).

Now there are several ways to eat garlic, the main idea is to have a few cloves every day while being sick.

Here is my favorite recipe for eating garlic (raw) (although I've been know to simply chew on a clove of garlic with my meals as well)

* Take a slice of bread and toast it (a la French toast).

* While the bread is still hot, have a garlic clove ready pealed and rub it on both sides of the bread.

* Butter your bread one one side

* Make a hot chamomile or other herbal tea and enjoy your dinner!

You can also add garlic to your food (love garlic in my omelette) or another way (granted, not my favorite, but still effective) is to chop a clove of garlic to really small pieces, add it to a glass of water, let it sit for a bit and then simply drink it. Nasty but works really well!

The sulfur in garlic (that which gives its strong smell and taste) has antiviral properties and antibacterial effects as well.

A Few Other Natural Remedies For The Common Cold

Everything on this page is natural, with no artificial or chemicals in it. Most are things that you have in your kitchen. So the next few remedies I recommend are also natural and work well to get rid of the common cold.

What has worked for you and is worth recommending (only natural remedies please)

© 2013 Marika

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    • kislanyk profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Cyprus

      Colloidal silver is another great one - I don't mention it one much online due to its negative media press - the guy who got all blue in the face (and later died). When people don't know the truth about something, and rely on the media alone, things can be scary indeed, and might push people away from a great thing.

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      Norma Holt 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Its certainly an unpleasant experience dealing with cold symptoms. I use Colloidal Silver the moment I feel a tickle in my throat. A tablespoon or so in a glass of water every half an hour does the trick and after a couple of hours I am usually free of it. Its also good for stomach upsets and can be applied topically on eczema and other skin irritations. I recently used it on the cat for a bad irritation on her back. Great topic nicely presented.

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      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      These cold remedies are very interesting, Marcia. I will have to try some of them. One of the remedies I use when I feel a cold coming on is spicy foods. They clear out my sinuses. Another thing I have heard about is pouring drops of peroxide into the ear canals. It creeps through to the sinuses and heads that cold off at the pass. The colloidal silver can be used the same way. This lens is going into my medicine cabinet!

    • TapIn2U profile image


      5 years ago

      I've tried some of it and it worked. I always go for natural remedies. Sundae ;-)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for sharing this lens! I always catch a cold as soon as the rainy season sets in. I have a weak resistance. I'll take note of your advice. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      5 years ago

      Nice choices. I have actually used the spicy B-8 juice and find it works as you advertise. Chicken soup seems to be the staple for all. Cheers for a great lens and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • kislanyk profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cyprus

      @RinchenChodron: If you listen to what the TV is saying... :)

      Of course that's what the media is saying....they are paid to push the over the counter and prescription medicine that makes big Pharma rich :)

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      5 years ago

      I have done all of these. Recently on TV they are saying that vitamins don't do anything, so I'm not sure. Think I will continue with my VitD at least.

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      5 years ago

      Great lens! At 63, I tend to catch colds far more easily, so any natural remedy advice is very welcome!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I'll keep this in mind if any member of my family comes down with a cold. I've never had a cold, not ever, and neither have my children, although I did have 'flu once, in 1967

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I rarely get colds and I think I've only had the flu maybe two or three times in my life. When I do get a cold I make a big pot of homemade chicken soup. I tend to eat garlic pretty every day whether I have a cold or not. The spicy tomato tea sounds really good, and I'll have to try this.


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