4 Ways to Stop a Cold Naturally

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.

4 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.

Essential Oils

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?


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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    January 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Those are all great tips. Whenever I feel a cold coming on, I quickly take a few Airborne Gummies. It usually stops it in it’s tracks. I always have a bottle in the house and use it whenever I get that sore throat or if anyone in my family is sick. I would definitely be open to trying the tips you provided as well! #SundayBlogHop

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      January 24, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Oh, interesting! I’ve never tried or heard of Airborne Gummies, but if they’ve got vitamin C and others in them I’m sure they’d be effective. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 24, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I use Oil of Oregano Capsules. My family always takes them when we have the first sign of a cold and rarely are we sick. If we wait too long, we might get the cold, but it is not as severe and doesn’t last long. I added you to my feedly account. Can’t wait to follow.

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      January 24, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Oh, cool! I didn’t even know you could get oil of oregano in capsules. That would definitely be nice not having the awful taste and burning, haha. I’m glad to have a new follower, thanks! 🙂

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    January 24, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    This is perfect timing! My husband seems to be coming down with a cold tonight. I’m going to use some of these on him. Thank you! 🙂

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      January 25, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Oh man, it certainly is the season. I hope he feels better quickly!

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    January 25, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I used to have Apple Cider Vinegar in hot water (with lemon) every night. I need to get back into it. My husband cannot stand the smell 🙂 , but I got used to the taste quickly.

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      January 25, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Oh, interesting! I think if I had it at night I would need to pee all through the night, haha. I was surprised I got used to the taste pretty quickly as well.

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    January 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I find that elderberry gives my immune system a good boost and can help me avoid a full-blown cold. I also try to take a nap and go to bed early as soon as I start feeling like I might be coming down with something. Rest works wonders!

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      January 25, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Cool! I’ve read about elderberry, but never tried it myself. Oh yes, rest is such a good addition! Thanks for mentioning it.

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    Katherines Corner
    January 31, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    great post and keeping it natural is important to me too.Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

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      February 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      That’s great. I hope you find these helpful and effective.

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    Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen.com
    February 1, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Thanks for the great tips, I am always looking for natural ways to stop a cold. Thanks for linking up at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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      February 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      You’re very welcome. Keep ’em handy for the next time you feel a cold coming on.

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