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Colds Viruses and Flu: Herbal Remedies

Updated on October 6, 2011

Colds Viruses and Flu: Herbal Remedies is part 3 in a series of providing information for treating a cold viruses and flu this season. Hopefully, this series will assist individuals in taking proactive measures to avoid sickness this cold and flu season. I’m sure you’ve heard the ole saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In this case the meaning would be that the time to treat a cold is when you don’t have one. Chances are if you can avoid the first cold this year which is an indication that your immune system is low, the greater the chances of you not being plagued with re-occurring colds throughout the entire season.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), not including the rest of the world, Americans alone catch an estimated 1 billion colds each year. They also estimate that 5 to 20 percent of Americans will contract the flu this year. The good news is that there are some steps you can take to possibly increase your chances of not becoming one of the statistics. There are more than 200 different viruses that can cause a common cold. For this reason one should always be equipped with remedies on hand to first a cold or flu at the first sign that you might be getting one.

Harsh reality is that you can catch a cold by touching a virus-contaminated surface and then touching their eyes or nose, or by inhaling airborne droplets of infected mucus.  Because colds are highly contagious and the virus can live on surfaces for several hours, they can spread rapidly through a household, office, and school.   There are easy things you can do to prevent this from happening; one is to frequently wash your hands and try to avoid being in direct contact when a person is contagious, if at all possible.  

 Another good defense toward prevention that I discovered this year was covered in my first hub, titled Therapeutic Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, and Sinus AllergiesThe first hub is a ‘must read’ to learn about essential oils that are anti-viral and anti-bacterial that can offer defense this cold and flu season.  Some of the herbs that will be discussed within this hub have been briefly discussed on the second hub of the series titled, Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works; which offers folk remedies that one can easily find in one’s own home.

Fresh Herbs and Herbal Remedies Helps to Get Rid of Common Colds and Flu
Fresh Herbs and Herbal Remedies Helps to Get Rid of Common Colds and Flu

Please do not waste your time or money purchasing prescription antibiotic drugs because they do not fight nor help to prevent the cold and flu viruses. A good doctor will tell you that an antibiotic drug will not kill the cold or flu virus nor will it help to build your immune system. Again, Colds Viruses and Flu: Herbal Remedies will provide information on herbs that work to assist in providing prevention and or cure from colds and flu.

There are lots of herbs that can be used to help either build one's immune system towards cold and flu prevention or assist in helping one to cure a cold or flu once an individual has contacted one. The list that follows are herbs that my sister and I have used over the years for various ailments that my research has revealed are good for fighting the colds, viruses, and flu:

Andrographis - (Andrographis paniculata)

This herb is popular in Scandinavia as a cold and flu treatment. Andrographis is an herb with many promising medicinal properties; its significant antimicrobial activity shows promise in helping to reduce the over-prescribing of antibiotics. According to MedScape Medical News a new study published in Phytomedicine found andrographis to significantly improve cold symptoms. In a controlled environment of comparing a 4-day double-blind placebo trial with 158 adults; individuals actually given the treatment experienced significant improvements in symptoms compared with those in the placebo group. Participants were given 1200 mg daily of an andrographis extract containing 5% andrographalides and appeared to help reduced cold symptoms and prevent colds when taken in a lower dosage. Other studies totaling more than 250 participants confirm the same findings.

Astragalus - (Astragalus membranaceus)

Astragalus can be used as a prevention herb for strengthening the body against viral infections of the respiratory. This herb unlike echinacea can be taken long-term during the cold and flu season. The benefits of taking this herb are to increase production of antibodies, and increase the production of interferon (an anti-viral and anti-tumor agent naturally produced by the body). The dried root can be used as and extract, encapsulated, or a tea. Powder form can be sprinkled on food or mixed into a smoothie or shake. TCM recommends taking 9-15 grams (3 to 5 tablespoons) per day.

Catnip - (Nepeta cataria)

Yes, this is the herb that if you are a member of the feline cat family it will make you euphoric and high. Well this herb is beneficial for humans as well. The leaves of catnip are high in the antioxidants of vitamins C and E, acts as a decongestant, and is a potent sleep inducer for humans.

The primary phytochemicals of nepetalactone isomers are mild sedatives, similar to the active ingredients in valerian root. The mint family of catnip, peppermint, and spearmint all assist to relieve colds and the fevers from flu by causing one to perspire, while calming the spirit and easing breathing.

Echinacea - (Asteraceae)

Echinacea purpurea is native to the North America Plains, but now can be found on most continents. The American Indians has used Echinacea for hundreds of years. It increases levels of properdin, a chemical which activate the part of the immune system that fights against virus and bacteria attacks. It is anti-bacterial, an excellent blood cleanser, it helps sweep dead cells through the channels of the lymphatic system and dispatches white blood cells to fight infection.

In July, ’07 The Lancet Infectious Diseases issued a paper of statistical techniques used to evaluate over 700 studies to analyze results of findings about this herb. The analysis concluded that echinacea reduced the risk of catching a cold by 58 percent. Of course, the skeptics are still unwilling to readily accept these statistics. The brand of Echinacea I take requires that you take it for two weeks, off a week, and then take another consecutive two weeks. Some brands require you take them 10 days and then rest a week prior to taking another 10 days of echinacea.

Elderberry - (Sambucus nigra)

The elderberry herb has been considered an old Gypsy remedy for colds, viruses, and flu for centuries. Compounds in elderberry bind to viruses before they can penetrate the walls of cell, thereby inhibiting their ability to spread throughout the body. A 1995 Israeli study, of elderberry extract found improvement both symptoms and the duration of flu (two to three days in the treated group versus six days in the placebo group) when this herb is taken. The recommended dosage is 500 milligrams twice daily of an extract that contains 5 percent flavonoids. Another trial of the patented Israeli drug (Sambucol) reported that within 3 days, 90 percent of flu sufferers reported being completely well.

Garlic - (Allium sativum)

According to Natural News, there have been studies that have shown that taking daily supplements of garlic that contains allicin (an active ingredient produced by the plant) reduces an individual’s chance of contacting a cold by 50 percent.

Holistic practitioners often recommend taking several cloves of raw garlic daily during an infection. You can find this herb in an extract, encapsulated, or pill form, as well as consuming such products as hot garlic bread or toast. As a pill or capsule one must take 500 milligrams (one clove) three a day for up to five days to help detoxify the body.

Colds Viruses and Flu: Herbal Remedies

Ginger - (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is another of nature’s antiviral, antiseptic, antioxidant, and pain-relieving herbs that can be used during the cold and flu season. This herb is used for numerous ailments it has more than twelve antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory qualities.Ginger has played a versatile role in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian medicines since the early 1500s.

Scientists have discovered several chemicals (sesquiterpenes) in ginger that are effective against the most common cold viruses, the rhinoviruses. It works wonders for sore throats, in preventing and treating colds, and inflammation of mucus membranes. Try drinking it as a hot tea prior to bedtime to help reduce pain and fever, in addition to providing a mild sedative effect to encourage sleep.

Goldenseal - (Hydrastis Canadensis)

The body’s staging area for the fighting cells in your immune system takes place in the spleen. Goldenseal sometimes called ‘yellow root’ is antiseptic and stimulates the immune system by increasing the blood supply to the spleen. A chemical in Goldenseal called Berberine, activates macrophags (special white blood cells), destroy bacteria, fungi, viruses and tumor cells.

Goldenseal can be applied to canker sores that occur during the time one has a cold, virus, or flu and can be used as a mouthwash for sore gums, mouth and throat. It can be combined with echinacea in preparations used for colds. It comes in many forms: the underground roots or stems of the plant are dried and used to make teas, liquid extracts, and solid extracts are used to be made into capsules and or tablets.

Green & Black Teas - (Camellia sinensis)

Scientists have counted over a billion viruses within one teaspoon of seawater and or fresh water. Thank goodness most of these viruses are not harmful to humans. As you may know green and black teas are so good for you; but did you know that researchers have discovered that tea protects cell walls from viruses. The primary antioxidant polyphenol from green tea and theaflavin, the primary antioxidant polyphenol from black tea helps to prevent both A and B influenza viruses.

In addition, drinking the green and black teas will help to detoxify and rid your body of nasty toxic viruses that causes aches and pains. Needless to say, green and black teas carry the one, two punch in fighting colds and flu in that it boasts your immune system while seeking to destroy the viruses. The Iwata, 1997 study showed that people given a black tea gargle twice daily for the five winter months had a 25 % reduction in contacting colds and flu viruses. While I prefer to drink green and black tea as to gargling with it; one can keep this in mind if you do not like the taste of the tea. Also, Pace University performed a study that revealed white tea has both anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which are greater than green tea. So if green and black tea flavors are too strong; you might like the lighter flavor of the white tea.


Again the best time to begin to fight colds, viruses, and flu is when you don’t have one. So get stocked up on natural and herbal remedies now in order to start fighting the cold and flu season before it hits your household. Once your immune system becomes low it takes a while to build it back up again, and during this time you are subject to catching another cold or flu. A low immune system is the main reason why many people during this season seem to stay sick all the time.

This is the conclusion of Colds Viruses and Flu: Herbal Remedies; while there are numerous other herbs that can assist you in fight off viruses it is important to become familiar with a few and learn when and how to use them to assist you in staying healthy this winter. Perhaps you and your family use some of these herbs are others during the cold and flu season, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.


Disclaimer: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should do your own research, and then consult your present physician. If your doctor does not believe in alternative medicines and you would like to give them a try then find a reputable doctor, TCM specialist, certified herbalist or naturopathist familiar with alternative medicines that can assist you in deciding what treatments might meet your specific needs.


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    • jcsteele profile image


      3 years ago from Florida

      There's a lot of great and helpful information in your article.

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      Michael Roberts 

      5 years ago from UK

      Yes all very useful information. I think that also keeping the immune system in good shape is important. Get plenty of rest, and also exercise, use vitamin D3.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Hello, I am glad that you found the information useful. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      7 years ago from Dubai

      Hi MG

      Too informative and good description of herbal remedies.It is very useful.Expecting more and more. Thank you.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      You are welcome, PaperNotes, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

    • PaperNotes profile image


      7 years ago

      It is true, it isn't cool to be sick. In fact, even the common colds and cough these days seem to have evolved from being simple to being very hard to sure. It is good to know that right inside the home are natural remedies that we can readily take. Thank you.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Again, sorry for the confusion. I've removed everything from the other hubs. Thanks for the heads up! :)

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      7 years ago from

      this is the latest published hub that should reasonably be on group tags

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I try to have one or both garlic and ginger daily because they are so good for you. Thanks John for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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      7 years ago

      In Asia people usually use Garlic and gingers. And, gingers are specially used with most of the 'meat' dishes.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Debby Bruck - Hi Debby it is nice to meet you as well. :) I like your catchy phrase, "educate before you vaccinate" it is important for individuals to educate themselves about what ails one; after all we potential provide doctors with 80 percent of their diagnosis by what we say is hurting us anyway. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @christryon - Hi christryon, I agree with you that many doctors have very little training in in nutrition based medicine. However thank goodness many are beginning to learn the value of being able to talk about natural and alternative medicine that can be done for prevention of illness before writing a prescription. As patients the more questions we ask about natural remedies, the more it will require doctors to educate themselves. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

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      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Great info. Well presented. Nice to meet you. And please, Educate before you vaccinate! Debby, CHOM, founder of Homeopathy World Community

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      7 years ago

      Good timing for this article. Most Dr.s' have very little training in nutrition-based medicine. I have known for many years that garlic is one of Mother Natures' best antibiotics. Honey isn't that far behind in our house. You can't beat Vitamin C either.

      I haven't researched natural oils before, but I guess I still have a few things to learn.

      Enjoy your day.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Meaghan TS - Thanks for the kind comments, glad to hear that you are getting over your cold. Make sure you build up your immune system so that you can hopefully stay well for the rest of the flu season.

      @rmills123 - Glad you found the hub informative. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @clearblue99 - Thanks! :)

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      7 years ago from Clear Blue Sky

      great information!

    • rmills123 profile image


      7 years ago from Ecru,Ms

      Good information helped me a lot

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      7 years ago from Ontario,Canada

      wow great hub... amazing info.. im just getting over a cold.. Cold and flu season is in full swing.. everone is sick!!!! im gonna follow u! :)

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @sally33 – You are welcome :)

      @HubFan516 – You are welcome, the goal is to be healthy. :)

      @suejanet - I like to use natural and herbal remedies whenever possible as well. They seem to work well and have less side effects as you’ve said. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @flinsura – You are welcome and thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @topstuff – Sorry that you have the flu. Be sure to read my other hubs on colds viruses and flu to get more info that can assist you in getting well. Hope you get well soon. :)

      @Moxyl – You are welcome Moxyl, hope you and your family continue to be proactive in fighting colds viruses and the flu this season.

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      7 years ago

      Good Hub, I am always lookng for home or herbal remedies. Perscriptions always have side effects.

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      7 years ago

      I think this kind of information is really good to know when you are sick. Thanks

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      7 years ago

      Great hub, tks

    • Moxyl profile image


      7 years ago from Global Village

      Very informative hub, thanks for the info! I'd bookmark the hub for future reference!

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      7 years ago

      I have caught flue.Im going to try garlic now.

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      7 years ago

      Wow! thanks for this hubs, Good thing that there is a great options in fighting flu and cold, medicine are too expensive now a days...

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @couponalbum - You are welcome. Thank you for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

      @neelia_lyn - Thanks for the read, I'm glad that you have found this hub useful. :)

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      Elaine PN 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      hi, thank you for sharing this. It's really useful!

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      7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      A very well written and informational hub. Thanks for the tips.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @sim0n30- Cool, I hope your wife finds this hub interesting also. Thanks for the read. :)

      @transcriptionven - Hello, I already have a hub on home remedies, it's title is Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      @Trinsick - So sorry to read that you have a cold. To help you get over the cold, see the home remedies in the hub, Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works, then build your immune system with this one, and learn how to kill viruses with the hub titled, Therapeutic Essential Oils for Colds Viruses and Sinus Allergies. Hope you start feeling better soon. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. :)

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      7 years ago from Cali

      I am sick with a cold at the moment I think I'll give one of these a try.

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      7 years ago from Ireland

      Great Hub!, Lots of useful information, my wife is always looking for herbal remedies

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @ericfrusy - Hi Eric, You are most welcome and thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this hub. :)

      @suzane0beyonce - Hi Suzane, you are exactly correct there are many things one can do to help improve our overall health on a daily basis. Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

      @Attention Getter - Hi AG, thanks for sharing that awesome testimony. You are right, the key is to catch a cold at the very beginning. In addition to having garlic ever day probably helps your body to fight off many ailments before it gets a chance to start. Again, thanks for sharing your insight. :)

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      Attention Getter 

      7 years ago

      Great advice - I eat garlic every single day and I barely ever get sick. If I feel anything coming on, which is rare, I up my garlic intake and put some Echinacea in my water - I haven't had a cold for at least 5 years...I have to fake a 'sick day; to get out of work and pamper myself for the day :)

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      7 years ago from US

      Now i come to know that Nature has the ability to cure..with this subject this is possible to apply this thing in my day to day life...thanks very much

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      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks for this great hub. Your tips are very useful on these cold days.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Video Rob - You are correct that vitamin D is very good for building up one's immune system. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

      t-m-s - LOL! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insight. :)

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      7 years ago

      There's this saying - treated cold last 7 days, untreated a week.

      So... usually I just wait till it passes.

      Then again I haven't had a cold in 10 years.... I'm weird like that ;)

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      Video Rob 

      7 years ago

      I can see you've taken a lot of time to write this, theres some great information in it.

      Vitamin D is important to keep your immune system healthy.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Team GBG USA - Hi Keith, thanks for stopping by. :)

      @InfoFinder - It is good to add a little boost to your immune system during the flu season and herbal remedies do help. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on colds, viruses, and flu. :)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the very thorough hub. I believe you are right about trying to be proactive so as to avoid viruses and the flu. I usually try to avoid getting sick by frequently washing may hands, etc. I should try a couple of these herbal remedies. Thanks.

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      Team GBG USA 

      7 years ago

      Great info! I'm such a garlic fan! lol.


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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

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      7 years ago

      Voted up and useful for this very useful hub. Keep it up.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Loren's G - Hi Loren, I agree the changes in the weather can cause your immune system to weaken especially if Turkey is anything like Texas where the weather is subject to be 80 degrees in the morning and freezing by the end of the day at times. Thanks for the read and the rating.

      @mysterious - Hi mysterious, you are very welcome. Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

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      Loren's Gem 

      7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Great hub! I was glad I came across this hub as its very informative. This is also the time of the year that we are transitioning from autumn to winter in Turkey and as the weather changes constantly, colds, cough and flu viruses are very common. So I guess we might as well have an ounce of "prevention" as its always better than a pound of cure, so as the saying goes.

      Thanks for writing and sharing! Rated it up! :-)

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Oh, thanks Francia for stopping by colds viruses and flu: herbal remedies again; I just wanted for both of us to get the best scores possible from HP by adhering to the rules. You're a sweetheart, God Bless! :)

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      Oh, thanks for reminding me about including links in the comment section. I just wanted to add more info regarding garlic that's why I brought in the link.I forgot all about the note just under the comment box.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @franciaonline – Hi Francia, Thank you for sharing your cold remedy it is greatly appreciated. In the future please reframe from including links in your comments going forward. Per the instructions below the comment section – “Comments are not for promoting hubs and other site links.” Thanks so much for stopping by and for adhering to HP’s rules on future reads. :)

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Dink96 - Thanks for sharing your cold remedy. I will never forget the first time I worked with someone that had garlic on a daily bases and when they sweat the garlic odor would come through their pores. LOL! I know that fresh garlic is better for you however, I take the odorless tablets. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Money Glitch,

      This is really a useful hub. Garlic and Ginger as you mentioned here are really very helpful in a lot of ailments. As shared by Kelley Eidem in his hub ( I am following his recipe for cancer cure which is ginger and garlic and cod liver oil.

      I am not familiar with the other herbs you mentioned but I will look for them.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge on natural healing.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      My favorite is fresh garlic and fresh ginger mixed with hot water to create a "tea" --- and then go to work! LOL. Actually, it's not as bad as it sounds and has helped me a lot when I've been run down or actually gotten a cold. Very informative hub! Thanks.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @flinsura - You are welcome. flinsura. Personally, I too, like learning of natural things that are inexpensive and good for the health of the body. :)

      @Tutoring Girl - Aaah yes the great herbal tea with lemon, it is sooo good for sooo many things and add in a little honey and it will soothe the throat as well. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @Lita C M - Hi Lita, yes ginger is another item that is a "must have" in one's home like you said for so many reasons. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      7 years ago

      The old reliable ginger is never out in my market list. Aside from its multifarious use as food condiment, it is my handy remedy for muscle and joint pains, and of course colds, too. The colds months are fast approaching so, this hub reminds me to go for this home remedy before I catch colds. The others seem to be rare in my country or may be I need more research on them as well. Thank you.

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      Tutoring Girl 

      7 years ago

      I have had really great results using an extract of American Ginseng. I really love the idea of treatment before the sickness sets in. When we see colds are starting to go around, we start drinking herb tea with lemon. That helps immensely also.

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      7 years ago

      This is a nice hub.. very informative...Thanks for the awareness, I think this a great alternative for expensive medicines now...

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      I must admit the catnip was a bit of a surprise, to me as well. Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

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      Cedar Cove Farm 

      7 years ago from Southern Missouri

      Garlic, ginger, goldenseal, ecinacea-absolutely, catnip? I did not know that about catnip. Thanks for the info.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @katiem2 - You are welcome Katie. I agree that the video recipe does have a lot of garlic in it. I would imagine it should chase away anything that might be ailing you. LOL! Thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

      @2besure – You are welcome also, 2besure thanks for the rating up. :)

      @prasetio30 – Hi Prasetio, thanks for the kind comments, and I agree with you, thank God for the beautiful gift of herbs and for giving man the knowledge of how to use them in a beneficial way of healing. :)

      @K9keystrokes – “Shared just like the common cold,” LOL, now that’s a cute thought. I’m sure that the receivers will really appreciate the hub instead of the cold. Needless to say, thanks K9 for sharing and the ratings. :)

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      India Arnold 

      7 years ago from Northern, California

      The time to cure a cold is when you don't have one,...brilliant! I was not familiar with the elderberry herb as a Gypsy remedy for cold and flu virus, but your hub has convinced me to add it to my Garlic and Ginger recipes for such things. Thank you for a well presented hub and outstanding tips.

      UP and Awesome and Shared, just like the common cold!


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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Again.... I learn much from you. I never get bored to bookmark such of useful information like this hub. Herbal remedies are also good choice for us and become great option for alternative medicine. I want to say thank to God for the beautiful gift. Vote and vote again.


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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for all the cures for the cold and the flu. Putting in favorites. Voted Up!

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      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      This is great I didn't know about catnip and will def be stocking up on some. The video is helpful, thats a lot of garlic, garlic is such a powerful remedy, I'll have to remember that tea...

      Thanks for all the great information of colds viruses and fle herbal remedies and preventions! Peace :)

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Hi anglnwu, I'm more familiar with Astragalus than Andrographis as well. Both were recommended when my othr sister was battling breast cancer. The Astragalus seemed to help to build her immune system so I have used it occasionally to boost mine. It is a great herb to use. Thanks for stopping by for a read and rating. :)

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      7 years ago

      MG, I can always count on u for detailed information. I've never heard of Andrographis, so i'm really glad to learn about this herb--the flowers are beautiful to look at. As for Astragalus--the Chinese have used the root of this herb to promote "qi" and enhance stamina for generations. I'm glad you're included this herb. Rated awesome!

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @dallas93444 - You are welcome, dallas, I’m glad that you’ve found colds viruses and flu: herbal remedies to be an informative hub. :)

      @Pamela99 – Hi Pamela, thanks Pamela for stopping by for a read and providing support; it is always greatly appreciated. :)

      @ TattoGuy - Woo Hoo, it is always great to get recognition from one of your favorite teachers. Thanks for taking the time to check in on me moi friend. :)

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      7 years ago

      Hi MG, I must say your Colds Viruses and Flu series is a brilliant idea. I just googled it and I see you are sitting nicely at number 2 on the front page. Rated Awesome as always, keep them coming x

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Money Glitch, This hub has a wealth of information and I am going to bookmark this hub for future reference. Rated up!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Thanks for the great research. Lots of information.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @lyrad2008 - Thanks :)

      @shaekelly - I do love to write, but I spend a lot of time researching what I’m writing when it comes to the health hubs. Unfortunately during my research I have not ran across any herbs that are specific for asthma. Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

      @Rae Girl - Thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @D.A.L. – I’m glad that you have found the hub useful. Thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

      @rsusan - Hi rsusan, thanks for stopping by and sharing how some of the alternatives have helped you and your family remain healthy during the cold and flu season. Being proactive is the best defense. Thanks for the read and commenting. :)

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      Rae Girl 

      7 years ago from UK

      This is the type of hub I like to see. Lots of information and very well informed.

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      7 years ago from Alabama

      U r truly gifted, born to write. Thanks for the info, do u know of any herbal remedies for asthma

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      7 years ago

      wow! this is good i like it...wonderful article my friend!!!

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      Rika Susan 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Great information, Money Glitch! For the past few years I have really tried to help my family (especially my parents) to take extra care in advance. We have been using some of the alternatives mentioned above to great effect. Not a sign of a cold or flu this winter - even my brother who has a compromised immune system due to Leukemia, has been cold and flu free. It does work!

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      7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      What a treasure of well researched information you have provided in this hub. Natural remedies are certainly worth considering. They are the original are right to point out the need for caution before taking alternative medicine as tolerance levels need to be tested. love the photographs which serve to enhance this very useful hub.


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