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Taking home remedies for colds will decrease the length of the cold (usually 7 days) by three or more days and minimize its effectiveness. So how can you know whether you’ve got a cold or simply starting with flu? It’s important to differentiate between the two, more than ever now because there are ore compared to Swine Flu cases so far, worldwide.


Flu will cause a sudden fever temperature of over 100F to 104F. Other symptoms may include a sore throat chills, aching muscles, and headache.

Here are 10 tried and tested home remedies for colds to decrease the symptoms whilst boosting the immune system. If you have more than one cold per year you will know which you may work the best for you.


This has been used for centuries and contains an immune stimulating effect by killing the cold virus, also known in Germany as “resistance drops”. This herb is available in tincture or capsule form.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C levels have to be replenished daily as the body is not able to create its own supply. An over abundance of the vitamin is simply passed from this system by normal body functions. Along with the health benefits, it is one of world’s supplements. Homeopathic physicians recommend 6 to 10 g for the first couple of days, with tons of fresh fruit as the water content in the fruit e.g. apples, orange, grapefruit (especially red grapefruit), cranberries, helps hydrate the body at exactly the exact same time including natural vitamin C. Once you’re feeling better decrease the dose to 3 g each day.

Paper Tissues

They’re much better than a handkerchief because they may be disposed of by trashing following use. Hand washing is important so you don’t pass on the virus or re-infect yourself.


Cold germs hate garlic as it clears chest ailments! And not a day passes without some new usage being discovered. Reputedly, 3,000 years ago the Egyptians insisted that their slaves be fed on it to keep them healthy and fit for work. To keep the breath fresh just use the deodorized capsules. Take3 g daily to help clear the virus. Continued use may protect against blood clots and reduce bad cholesterol.


Colds are extremely debilitating, so lots of fresh filtered water is vital to keep well hydrated, as far as 8 to 10 glasses daily.


Well known for treating respiratory infections by increasing perspiration to decrease any fever associated with a cold. Easily prepared in the kitchen by grating the origin and then adding vinegar and cream to create a sauce. Used traditionally with roast beef.

Vitamin A

Strengthens the mucous membranes that help to trap the cold virus also is required for a better immune system. It’s sometimes called the’skin vitamin’. Low levels can lead spots and acne.


Fresh sage juice produced from the leaves of the herb has anti-inflammatory and may be utilised as a mouthwash to relieve sore throats, laryngitis. Additionally, it has antiviral properties, which is helpful for treating coughs and colds.


It is believed that zinc can kill off the cold causing rhinovirus, and is thought to have an antioxidant function by encouraging the other antioxidant nutrients. Smokers are often deficient in this vitamin. Check the dose with your pharmacist as it can lead to imbalance in copper levels.


Used over 3,000 years ago by primitive humans who enjoyed the fruits of their industrious honeybee, dining on royal jelly, honey and the honeycombs. However, it was the early Greeks who gave propolis the name we use today. ‘Pro’ means before and’polis’, describes the town, or the apt translation is’In defence of the town’, lining the hive with this resin to keep it protected from disease and intruders.


It’s shown to have antibiotic, anti inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Very little is known about this organic product from the bees, but it’s becoming very common. Personally, I have been using it every day for more than three years in capsule form, and have been colds and flu free. It’s available as a mouthwash, soap, and lip balm.