It sneaks up on you like a thief in the night. It enters your body and then torments you like an evil spirit.
It fills your nose with thick and slimy mucus, making it hard to breathe.
Pleasant conversations becoming interrupted by severe coughs followed by the hacking up of fluids.
Though friends and associates try to maintain their composure, you can see the revulsion on their face. You can’t help but feel like the rejected leper from the Bible.
You want to stay home and recover— but you can’t. You have no more sick days and since it’s the holiday season you need all the money you can get.
You feel weak, tired, and beaten. All culprits of the irritating, aggravating, virus known as the “common cold”.
The hidden of OTC anti-cold medicine.
The common cold infects over one-billion people a year. Nasal decongestants, cough suppressants, and antihistamines are what most people use for treatment.
Though cold medicines are fast acting and effective, they do have their flaws.
One of those flaws is that cold medicine can make you feel drowsy. This can be a problem if you operate heavy machinery.
There is also the fact that certain cold medicines contain harmful substances. One of those substances is phenylpropanolamine.
Phenylpropanolamine is a decongestant which can increase the risk of stroke, especially in women.
In order to avoid the side effects of pharmaceutical medicine, some people are turning to natural medicine.
If you’re one of those people who wants to learn how to treat the common cold naturally, then read on.
The effective, safe, and natural way to fight disease.
Herbs are a good way to deal with the colds and other infections. Below are four herbs that can protect the body from viruses.
Elderberry/ Elder Flower
Elder has many benefits when it comes to fighting colds and flu. The flowers of the plant can induce sweating thereby lowering your abnormally high temperature during a fever.
The berries contain antiviral properties which can fight colds, flu, and respiratory infections. In addition, the berries can also be used to make delicious jams and syrups.
Yarrow is found all over the world. Though usually used to treat external wounds it can also treat the viruses that cause a cold.
Similar to elderberry, yarrow has sweat inducing properties that are good for reducing fevers and cleansing toxins.
Yarrow can also be combined with elderberry to create a powerful, virus-destroying tonic.
The roots of Astragalus are known for its antiviral and immune-boosting properties. The roots can also be added to soups, which means you can fill your belly while improving your immune system.
If done right this thrilling and sensual activity can protect you.
There are very few things as satisfying as a good meal. Without food, we couldn’t truly appreciate our taste senses and the pleasure it brings.
Though we all appreciate how enjoyable food is, we shouldn’t neglect food’s medicinal benefits.
Below are some edibles that will help you get rid of colds as well as keep them away.
Though used for culinary purposes, garlic is also a powerful healing aid. Garlic is currently being used to help treat a variety of conditions such as:
• High blood pressure.
• Coronary heart disease.
• And certain types of cancers.
Because of its antimicrobial and antiviral properties garlic can also be used to fight colds.
Spinach is a beneficial foodstuff that can enhance the immune system. The curative power of spinach comes from the fact that it contains carotenes. Carotenes fortify the cells of the immune system making it hard for viruses to infect the body.
Chicken Noodle Soup
I bet you’re pretty surprised this made the list, right? But what exactly is the secret that makes chicken noodle soup so effective?
Well, according to this study it’s because the substances in chicken noodle soup can inhibit the movement of neutrophils.
Neutrophils are a type of white blood cells that fight infection. It is believed that inhibiting the movement of neutrophils will also inhibit upper respiratory infections
Another benefit is that chicken is a good source of zinc. Why is that good? According to this study posted on the American Society for Microbiology website:
“As well as stimulating the immune system, zinc has displayed virus inhibiting activity. In one double-blind study clinical study, zinc supplementation significantly reduced the average duration of colds by seven days.”
How to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year without getting sick.
It’s the holidays which mean Christmas carols, bright lights, parties. There is also the cold weather which brings illness. But you’re not too worried.
Since you know how to treat and prevent the common cold you can devote your full attention to having fun.
The foods included in this post can be easily at your local grocery store. Hopefully, they sell organic food but if they don’t you can always order your food online.
As for herbs, you can purchase them in pill or powder form from a reputable supplier. If you really want a more potent medicine, you can get a herbalist to prepare a strong tincture. You can also learn to prepare tinctures yourself.
Heck, if you really want to take it to the next level, and you live the right temperate zone, you can start your own medicinal herbal garden.
Whether you decide to go the pharmaceutical route, natural route, or decide to use a combination of both, don’t let a cold ruin your holiday. Also, remember to talk to your before you make your final decision.
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