Treating The Common Cold With
You thought you had avoided it this year: you washed your
hands obsessively after shaking hands with strangers and ducked
every time someone sneezed, but you still managed to get a
However, even the most vigilant among us manage to get the
common cold each winter. When you get a cold, viruses take over
your immune system. Leaving you with a series of symptoms that
will leave you feeling run-down and sick.
Common cold symptoms include headaches, body aches, fevers,
coughing, a runny nose, and all over feeling of weakness. Most
conventional doctors will tell you to take an over the counter
cold medication and wait it out.
However, alternative and herbal practitioners will advise
you to arm yourself with a slew of herbal remedies that can
help rev up your immune system and survive a cold in record
Many herbal remedies allow you to mute the worst of those
cold symptoms, and some can even help you reduce the duration
of a cold to one or two days.
Here are a few well-regarded herbal remedies that can help
you survive your latest run-in with the common cold.
Echinacea: Echinacea has received some
criticism for not always achieving the high expectations that
have been set for it. But after the hype wore down, this
popular herb still remains a favorite with most herbalists and
The truth is that Echinacea has been used for centuries for
treating colds and treating other upper respiratory problems.
It appears that Echinacea works by boosting the production of
immune cells such as phagocytes and leukocytes that help fight
An Interesting Herb Fact
Wash Sickness Away with Lavender
Lavender has been one of the most popular medicinal herbs since time immemorial. Lavender's name is derived from the Latin word lavarre, which means to wash. In ancient Arab medicine, lavender was widely used as an expectorant. In the folk medicine of Europe, lavender has held a reputation as a useful wound herb. The most common types of healing lavenders are L. angustifolia and L. spica. French lavender, L. stoechas, is perhaps one of the most commonly used varieties of lavender.
Most herbalists recommend taking Echinacea in tincture form, or
in capsule or tablet form. Most herbalists also recommend that
Echinacea be taken off and on. The general belief is that
Echinacea should be taken at the first signs of illness, and
then taken for a week or two before taking a break from the
herb. Taking high doses of the herb steadily are believed to
depress the immune system. Most herbalists recommend taking
approximately 175 to 225 milligrams of Echinacea two or three
times a day.
Goldenseal: Goldenseal is
believed to strengthen the immune system, and it can be used in
conjunction with Echinacea at the first sign of a cold.
Most herbalists recommend taking 175 to 350
milligrams of goldenseal three to four times a day for 10 days
or so after the first sign of a cold.
Along with boosting the immune system,
goldenseal is also believed to help combat localized
The Goldenseal plant is often used as an
herbal remedy to treat gynecological
It can help reduce the severity of
menopausal symptoms, and it has been known to
ease the pain associated with premenstrual
symptoms, especially symptoms linked to
Garlic: This classic herb is
considered to be one of the most potent cold-fighters by
traditional herbalists and naturopath doctors. Most natural
doctors recommend taking a clove of fresh garlic at the first
sign of a cold.
If you prefer to get the immune-boosting
properties of garlic without the odor, opt for deodorized
garlic capsules. Take 300 to 500 milligrams of garlic each day
for the first week of the cold to keep the worst symptoms at