Over the Christmas holidays, Brad and I were both fighting against different colds on and off. There are a few natural remedies that I always implement as soon as I feel a cold or really any sickness brewing to boost my immune system functioning and treat the symptoms that have begun. These techniques can stop a cold in its tracks. When you feel one coming on, here are four ways to stop a cold naturally.
Oil of Oregano
There have not been a lot of scientific studies done with oil of oregano, however, some studies have shown it has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Dosage can vary slightly depending on the brand. I use 4-6 drops diluted in a very small amount of water twice a day. It tastes awful, so you may want more dilution to start with. You can also place the drops directly under your tongue, but I warn you – the taste is amplified and it’ll burn.
A study showed that green tea in particular contains an antioxidant that may boost the immune system as well as fight off the flu virus. Teas containing cinnamon, ginger, lemon, peppermint, sage, and spearmint are all excellent options as well for boosting the immune system and treating cold symptoms.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Studies have shown that all vinegar has antimicrobial properties, but not many have been done specifically regarding it’s medicinal uses. I drink 1/2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of warm water 2-3 times a day. You can also add apple cider vinegar to tea. You will double your efforts if you add it to any the teas mentioned above.
Certain essential oils are immune boosting and/or treat specific cold symptoms. I use an essential oil blend from Saje called Immune topically across the bridge of my nose and along my throat twice a day everyday in the winter whether I’m feeling sick or not. It contains the essential oils of tea tree, pine, peppermint, rosemary, geranium, eucalyptus, and cinnamon. I also will diffuse this blend in my nebulizer when I do feel sick. For more essential oil options and methods of use, check out my full how to use essential oils to boost your immune system post.
What do you do to stop a cold naturally when you feel one coming on?