I can usually tell when a cold is on its way by the scratchy feeling in the back of my throat. This is usually followed by a headache and general achiness. Then the sneezing and runny nose kicks in. It’s never fun, and so as soon as I feel that tell tale sign in my throat, there are 7 things I try to do to stop a cold in its tracks.
Sometimes I’ve been able to completely stop a cold before it hits me full on. Sometimes I still get sick and feel miserable for a day, but I’m usually able to bounce back much more quickly than usual. Experiment with these and see what works best for you. I’m always trying new remedies, but these are my tried and true cold stoppers.
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7 Ways to Stop a Cold (in no particular order):
This stuff is amazing. I always keep some of the drops on hand, and I also get the chewables for the kids to take when they’re sick. The chewables are also more convienent for travelling.
Garlic is one of nature’s best medicines. Ideally, raw garlic is best and there are a couple ways to make it a bit more palatable.
- Chop the garlic, cover it in honey and swallow it.
- Spread a piece of toast with honey, and add chopped, raw garlic. It really doesn’t taste too bad this way!
- Make some fresh salsa with lots of garlic.
- Add it to soup (but don’t cook it, just add it in right before eating the soup).
3. Elderberry Syrup
This is what I find myself most commonly recommending to friends when they ask for an immune booster or remedy for colds. I always have some of this on hand during the fall and winter months, and I have my kids take a tsp. a day as a preventative measure. When I start to feel a cold coming on, I take it 3-6 times a day. There are tons of elderberry syrup recipes out there, but I usually use this one.
Drinking lots of fluids is important when you’re sick. I think of it as flushing the body of all the bad toxins. Tea is so comforting when you’re not feeling well.
I love the Traditional Medicinals teas for when I’m sick. Cold Care is great for general colds, Throat Coat is amazing for sore throats and coughs, and Breathe Easy is great for when you’re congested. I also like to keep the Echinacea Plus on hand to drink as a preventative measure if others in the family are sick. I love to buy the Seasonal Herb Tea Sampler because it has some of each of them.
Any hot drink is comforting for a sore throat. You can even add some lemon slices and ginger to some hot water and honey for some healing power.
Again, flushing the body of toxins is a great way to help your body fight off illness. If you’re not a big tea fan or need a break from tea, drink as much water as you can when you feel a cold coming on. Staying hydrated also helps loosen congestion.
Giving yourself some rest is a great way to allow your body to fight off illness. In our society it is so hard to stop and rest, but if you can, you may save yourself from getting even sicker. If you have trouble sleeping, try one of my methods for getting more sleep.
7. On Guard Essential Oil
I love On Guard essential oil so much, I wrote an entire post about all the ways I use it to prevent illness and help speed recovery time when sick. This is definitely one of my most used essential oils and I always have some on hand.
My favorite way to use essential oils is in my diffuser, and On Guard is great to diffuse during the cold and flu season.
These are the methods that have worked for me consistently. The key is to start in on these remedies the minute you feel a cold coming on. My husband usually likes to try to deny that he’s getting sick, and so he doesn’t start in with the remedies until he’s really feeling bad, and then it’s too late to prevent the cold completely.
However, even if you do end up getting sick, these remedies are also great for shortening the duration of the cold.
So, here’s to a healthy winter, and please do share your best remedies with me as well.