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Fight a Cold Naturally and Win!

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Exposure to cold germs is inevitable and most people get at least one or two colds per year.  My husband and I recently felt the symptoms of the common cold coming on – scratchy throat, sneezing, slight headache, runny nose – and we stopped it dead in its tracks!   Besides following a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables to maintain a strong immune system, the key is to attack it with natural remedies the minute you feel those initial symptoms.  The first thing I do is take Coldcalm, a homeopathic medicine you can buy at CVS.  Follow the directions exactly.  I also take extra Vitamin C (from supplements and Vitamin C rich foods) and Echinacea to boost my immune system.  American Indians chewed Echinacea root for centuries to treat colds and flu.  I drink several cups of hot water with a couple of tablespoons of fresh ginger (or powdered), cinnamon, lemon, and honey, which helps wash the virus right out.  Ginger contains nearly a dozen anti-viral compounds and has several chemicals that are particularly effective against common cold viruses.  The lemon is rich in Vitamin C and the cinnamon and honey add healthy flavor.  Adequate rest is important too.

Sometimes however, your body just succumbs to a cold and the symptoms worsen.  To the above remedies, add the tried and true cure of chicken soup with lots of garlic and onion, which contain several helpful anti-viral compounds including allicin, a potent, broad-spectrum natural antibiotic.  If you don’t mind the taste and smell of garlic, a soup made only with garlic, broth and parsley  is especially effective in lessening the duration of a cold.  Elderberry contains compounds that are active against flu viruses and offers relief from fever and muscle aches.  You can find elderberry syrup in the wellness section at Whole Foods and natural food stores.  Slippery elm is a safe and effective throat soother and cough suppressant.  It has actually been used for over 150 years and the FDA has now declared it to be effective in fighting throat and respiratory symptoms related to colds.  I also take Coldeze, a zinc product sold at CVS, which seems to shorten the length of a cold.

The above remedies are only suggestions that have worked for my family and me.  If you take medication and/or have severe or persistent symptoms, always consult a doctor.

One of my readers sent me some information about Shaklee’s Defend & Resist Product. It contains Echinacea, Elderberry Extract and Elderberry juice concentrate, Zinc and Larch Tree and works best if you start it just when you feel that first tickle and continue for 7 days.  You can chew it, dissolve and sip like a tea, or swallow. Sounds like an effective cold fighter to me!

Some information compiled from The Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke, Ph.D.

 

 

FIGHT THE COMMON COLD NATURALLY, AND WIN!

Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orang...

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Exposure to cold germs is inevitable and most people get at least one or two colds per year.  My husband and I recently felt the symptoms of the common cold coming on – scratchy throat, sneezing, slight headache, runny nose – and we stopped it dead in its tracks!   Besides following a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables to maintain a strong immune system, the key is to attack it with natural remedies the minute you feel those initial symptoms.  The first thing I do is take Coldcalm, a homeopathic medicine you can buy at CVS.  Follow the directions exactly.  I also take extra Vitamin C (from supplements and Vitamin C rich foods) and Echinacea to boost my immune system.  American Indians chewed Echinacea root for centuries to treat colds and flu.  I drink several cups of hot water with a couple of tablespoons of fresh ginger (or powdered), cinnamon, lemon, and honey, which helps wash the virus right out.  Ginger contains nearly a dozen anti-viral compounds and has several chemicals that are particularly effective against common cold viruses.  The lemon is rich in Vitamin C and the cinnamon and honey add healthy flavor.  Rest is important too.

Sometimes however, your body just succumbs to a cold and the symptoms worsen.  To the above remedies, add the tried and true cure of chicken soup with lots of garlic and onion, which contain several helpful anti-viral compounds including allicin, a potent, broad-spectrum natural antibiotic.  If you don’t mind the taste and smell of garlic, a soup made only with garlic, broth and parsley  is especially effective in lessening the duration of a cold.  Elderberry contains compounds that are active against flu viruses and offers relief from fever and muscle aches.  You can find elderberry syrup in the wellness section at Whole Foods and natural food stores.  Slippery elm is a safe and effective throat soother and cough suppressant.  It has actually been used for over 150 years and the FDA has now declared it to be effective in fighting throat and respiratory symptoms related to colds.  I also take Coldeze, a zinc product sold at CVS, which seems to shorten the length of a cold.

The above remedies are only suggestions that have worked for my family and me.  If you take medication and/or have severe or persistent symptoms, always consult a doctor.

Some information compiled from The Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke, Ph.D.

 


GINGER, SO MUCH MORE THAN A SPICE!

Continuing my “So much more than” series, ginger is the wonder herb for this tip. Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Chinese sailors chewed gingerroot for seasickness, Roman doctors used it during military marches, Greek philosophers used it for digestive health, and King Henry VIII thought it would protect against the plague.

Its benefits are numerous and I encourage you to do more research or consult a naturopath if you see an ailment you have listed below.  Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and painkiller useful in preventing and treating migraines and menstrual cramps and can aid in arthritis relief.  It is good for digestion and effective in treating motion sickness, nausea and run-of-the-mill upset stomachs. I’ve chewed crystallized ginger for years to treat a mild stomachache and its results are almost immediate.  Ginger’s nearly dozen anti-viral compounds, along with its components that reduce pain and fever and suppress coughing, make it an important remedy for treating a cold.  Make a tasty cup of hot tea using fresh gingerroot to feel better.

Ginger is also loaded with anti-fungal compounds, ranking second among all herbs, and is useful in treating fungal infections like Athlete’s Foot. Ginger also helps with circulation and can help prevent heart disease and strokes as well as reduce blood pressure.  It can aid in preventing cataracts and a ginger compress can relieve toothaches.  Ginger is a strong antioxidant and several new studies have shown that it may help with preventing certain cancers.

Ginger comes in different forms – fresh, powdered, crystallized, and dried.  Fresh ginger is more active than dried and crystallized is next best. Some people think the varieties grown in Africa or India are more potent than the Jamaican variety, so ask your grocer where the ginger comes from. Ginger can be used as a tea, as a marinade for meats, and of course as a spice in baking. And dark chocolate covered ginger is a healthful and decadent treat!

Start incorporating this amazing and delicious spice into your diet and your medicine cabinet – you’ll be glad you did.

Information compiled from:   http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-ginger.html, http://www.boost-immune-system-naturally.com/health-benefits-of-ginger.html, The Green Pharmacy, by James A. Duke, PhD and The Doctor’s Book of Food Remedies, by Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention.

 


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