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5 Natural Remedies to Try During Cold and Flu Season

Did you know that you can find the ingredients for natural remedies to cure many common ailments in your kitchen, bathroom, and health food store? Now that cold and flu season is approaching, many Americans are doing just that by taking a D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) medicine approach. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, more than 42 percent of them are turning to integrative medicine, a combination of natural and conventional methods. From Death Drops: A Natural Remedies Mystery.

When used correctly, natural cures can be an effective choice.They support your body’s innate healing process and are usually less expensive than over-the-counter drugs—an important consideration in this economy.

Try these natural remedies for colds and flu:
1. Vitamin C and zinc. Vitamin C stimulates your immune system to fight that cold. Take 1000 milligrams (to bowel tolerance) up to three times daily to shorten the duration of a cold. This is confirmed by over 30 studies that were analyzed by the Cochrane Database Systematic Review in 2004. Zinc, especially in the form of lozenges helps prevent viral replication of the cold virus in the throat by stimulating T-cell response. Stay under 50 milligrams daily.

2. Elderberry can minimize the duration of flu symptoms, including chills, headache, and respiratory infection. According to a 2004 study published in The Journal of International Medical Research, when people were given elderberry syrup, (the brand name is Sambucol), 90 percent felt better after just three days. Elderberry syrup is also delicious. Take a dose every couple of hours you are awake when fighting off illness. Decrease as you improve.

3. Drink two teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a cup of hot water three times daily to break up mucus congestion. Diluted lemon in hot water or berry juices can help relieve fever.

4. Soothe a sore throat with a nice cup of licorice root tea. It eases irritated mucus membranes and stimulates the immune system.

5. Soaking in a hot bath is good for colds and flu. Draw a bath and add a cup of Epsom salts and 7 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus or ginger to promote sweating and release of toxins. You can also sip some diaphoretic herbs in the tub such as elder flower and ginger. Afterward, dress warmly, rest, and feel better!

NOTE: If you have a medical condition, please check with your doctor before using these natural remedies.

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