The common cold is caused by over 200 different viruses that can attack the upper respiratory tract. They are spread in the air from person to person.
People with a depressed immune system or nutrient deficiencies may be more prone to catching colds. Also, common causes of catching a cold include: lack of sleep, emotional stress, mold exposure, unhealthy digestive tract and traveling.
The good news is there are plenty of natural head cold remedies to help you kick your symptoms fast!
Top Foods for Colds
Bone Broth – Contains amino acids and minerals that naturally support immunity. Consume soup made of real bone broth and vegetables.
Water – Adequate hydration is the key to flushing out the virus from your system. Try to drink at least 8 ounces every 2 hours.
Hot water with lemon, honey, and cinnamon – Helps prevent mucus buildup and keeps you hydrated.
Ginger – Make a ginger tea and add raw honey.
Garlic and onions – Both of these vegetable help boost immune function and have antibacterial and antiviral properties from a compound they contain allicin.
Foods to Avoid
Sugar – Decreases white blood cells that help fight off infection.
Fruit juices – Although orange juice contains some vitamin C, it is not as high in vitamin C as whole fruits or vegetables. If you want to drink juice, dilute it.
Conventional Dairy – Pasteurized milk and other dairy products are mucus producing.
Fast Food – “Empty calories” that have no nutrients for supporting your immune system and are toxic to the body.
Processed grains – Breads, pastas, cereals, wheat products, and white flour products quickly turn into sugar and weaken immunity.
Top 5 Natural Head Cold Remedies
#1 Vitamin C (1,000 mg 3-4x daily)
Vitamin C helps with immune system function and boosts white blood cells.
#2 Echinacea (1,000 mg 2-3x daily)
Can help your body fight off colds, but it is best to take it at the first sign of illness.
#3 Elderberry (10 mL daily)
It is believed that this elderberry can de-activate the flu virus, reducing symptoms and is high in vitamin C and other immune boosting antioxidants.
#4 Oregano Oil (500 mg 2x daily)
Oregano oil has a powerful antiviral and anti-bacterial effects.
#5 Zinc (50-100 mg daily)
Zinc supports immune function and has an antiviral effect. It works best when taken at the first sign of illness.
Getting adequate sleep is vitally important in overcoming a cold. Go to bed early and aim for 9-10 hours of sleep. Vitamin D3 5,000 IU 2x daily can help strengthen the immune system.
Essential Oils For Colds
Eucalyptus essential oil can open up the sinuses and lungs helping heal a cold fast. Frankincense essential oil naturally boosts the immune system and oils of oregano and clove are anti-bacterial and anti-viral which can help you kick a cold.
If you feel like you could use some more in depth information on essential oils, Dr. Josh Axe is hosting a free webinar going over, in great detail, uses and tips for using essential oils. Click below to learn more.