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Natural Ways to Treat The Common Cold

Updated on August 7, 2013

Nasopharyngitis Nightmare

The common cold is probably the nastiest virus out there in existence. Its ability to lay a person low for days is unparalleled, and the bad news is that there no accepted cure for it. You simply have to lie there and take it.

With all of the debate centering around chemicals and unnecessary additives, some people are leaving their common cold products behind in search of more homeopathic remedies. And if you aren't yet one of those people, here are some fun facts about cold medicine to get your ball rolling.

  • Because popular products such as Dayquil only mask the symptoms of a cold, people who repeatedly consume them during the course of their illness may also be experiencing un-diagnosed afflictions, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • Cough medicine, including Robitussin, is one of the most abused classes of over-the-counter medication in the world. Abuse of cough medicine can lead to seizures, hallucinations, and death in long-term users.
  • Studies have determined preliminary evidence to suggest that the dyes used to give cold products their colors (that deep greenish-blue hue of NyQuil) have contributed to the development of hyperactivity and ADHD in children. So if your child is ill often, these treated cold products could increase the chance of him or her developing one of these conditions.
  • Because most over-the-counter treatments shrink swollen sinuses with a decongestant, physical reactions to the consumption of these products include insomnia, shaking of the hands and body, and heightened blood pressure- all fairly undesirable side effects.

Honey Lemon Tea

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon White Sugar, To Taste


  1. Pour water into a mug. Add honey and heat in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir in lemon juice, mixing until honey is dissolved, then stir in the sugar.
  2. Courtesy of COOKIN*KTH, AllRecipes.


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Power Remedy #1- Honey

Honey is the oldest sweetener in the world, and ancients from several cultures used it as means of beautification. Why? Because honey is not only soothing, but it possesses antimicrobial and antioxidant properties as well.

During the honey creation process, bees infuse an enzyme called glucose oxidase into the honey, which contains glucose. If the pH balance of the honey is just right, a chemical reaction ensues and the oxidase breaks down the glucose, resulting in a well-known antibacterial liquid referred to as hydrogen peroxide.

Honey is also thick and sweet, much like the cough syrup that most of us probably drink by the bottle when we've been laid low by the common cold. These properties help break up the congestion that collects in our breathing passages and at the back of our throats, soothing soreness and relieving pressure.

It is a wonderful and soothing additive to hot tea, which also helps in breaking up chest congestion and opening the sinuses. A solution of honey and lemon juice is also known to do the same.

Eucalyptus Rub

Mix 15-20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil, and rub into the chest, neck, and temples. Inhale deeply and repeat as necessary.

Power Remedy #2- Eucalyptus

The essential oil of eucalyptus provides numerous health benefits. It promotes relaxation; it can help in relieving migraines; and it is an essential staple for the common cold victim's arsenal of get-better treatments. It is also anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.

Eucalyptus oil can be applied to the skin and can be used as one would typically use a vapor rub. It can applied on the chest, neck, temples, and even under the nose if your skin can tolerate its presence. It helps to ease congestion, providing some relief for the sore throat, nose, and chest that oftentimes accompany the cold virus into your body.

Essentially- if symptoms are a party, eucalyptus is the police.

This essential oil can be added to a steam bath or vaporizer in replacement of more commonly used products such as Vick's. It is also helpful for muscle aches and pains, and is non-toxic when applied externally. Overall, it is one of the best remedies for most of the symptoms associated with the common cold.

Power Remedy #3- Licorice Root

In recent studies, licorice root has been shown to pack a pretty powerful immune-boosting punch. It has been found to perform effectively against such viruses as the avian flu and SARS. It serves an expectorant, meaning that it is particularly helpful in breaking up congestion inside of the chest, allowing the poor soul who once housed it to cough it up.

Licorice root is fun because there are several ways it can be used. The root itself can be eaten, and some people often do this when they feel cold symptoms beginning to develop. It is important to run this by your doctor, because licorice may or may not interfere with some prescription medications.

Licorice root can also be infused into tea or supplements. The tea version aids sore and scratchy throats, while supplements can provide anti-viral support to the consumer's immune system. On a side note, licorice root has also been known to aid digestion and soothe an upset stomach.

Other Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

I have discovered many wonderful websites during my research for this hub. I will list them below in case more information is desired. There are so many natural remedies for the cold available for use, but I chose the three for which I was able to find the most research.

Does anyone have a natural remedy that they would like to share? Contributions are greatly appreciated, and good luck with your cold!


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