When You Catch a Cold

When you catch a cold, you might feel:

  • Sore or tickly throat

  • Headache and body aches, especially the back of the neck

  • Runny nose, sniffles

  • Cough

  • Fatigue

And what you can do to shorten the duration of the cold is:

  • Get plenty of rest, manage your stress.

  • Drink fluids such as ginger tea, mint tea, lemon water, or make a thyme tea with lemon and honey.

  • Take your vitamins, like vitamin C & D.

  • Suck on a zinc lozenge. Just make sure you eat before taking zinc, so you don’t feel nauseated.

  • Steam inhalation with eucalyptus, tea tree, pine, rosemary, or mint can help. Boil some water over the stove, turn off the heat, add a few drops of oil to the water and lean over the water with a towel over your head to focus the steam right onto your face, breathe in. You can do a simpler version with a teacup of hot water, a few drops of oil, and a little saucer over the water, inhale as needed. Get the nose to run and blow the virus out.

  • Rinse your nose with a saline spray or gargle with salt water.

  • Eat less sugar and more whole foods, such as soups, stews & tons of greens.

  • Take an herbal remedy like Wellness Formula, Yin Qiao, or Airborne.

  • Take an herbal cough syrup with elderberry or wild cherry.

  • Wear hats, gloves, and scarves.  Keep warm and away from drafts and wind.