Medicines derived from natural ingredients may have just as much healing power as over-the-counter medications.

  • Zinc: Zinc may have positive affects against the cold virus by preventing the formation of proteins that the cold virus uses to reproduce. So, while it doesn’t stop you from getting a cold, it may shorten the duration.
  • Soup and hot tea: Grandma may just have been right, chicken soup can help to ease cold symptoms by relieving congestion, soothing your throat, and keeping you hydrated. Tea does the same thing, while also being packed full of antioxidants.
  • Garlic: In addition to clearing your sinuses, garlic supplements taken daily may help to prevent or shorten the duration of a cold.
  • Menthol ointment: Rubbing a bit of mentholated ointment on your chest, throat, back, and right underneath your nose can relieve a cough and congestion and open up clogged passageways.
  • Saltwater: Gargling with warm salt water, although not tasty, can help to relieve a sore throat.
  • Vitamin C: It’s true, taking vitamin C supplements or eating extra citrus can help to boost your immune system, helping it to kick that cold or flu faster.
  • Echinacea: Echinacea supplements, like zinc, may help to shorten the life of a cold and reduce the potency of symptoms.

Remember, if you’re taking medications, be sure to check with your doctor before taking any kind of supplement. Also, one of the best ways to kick a cold or flu is to get lots and lots of bed rest and stay hydrated.


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