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How to get rid of a cold fast?

Updated: Feb 23

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas... The clutches of a cold is an all-too-common experience that can leave you feeling drained and knock you off your feet. Rather than waiting for it to run its course, there are holistic & natural approaches you can take to speed up the recovery process and alleviate symptoms. There are longer term preventative plans to reduce suffering multiple times over the winter.

Here is how to get rid of a cold fast:

Rest and Sleep

When your body is overwhelmed, the first sign is being hit by a virus or infection of some sort. The kindest thing to do for yourself is to rest & sleep. Allow your body the time it needs to heal by getting adequate rest, your body is telling you that it no longer has the energy to fight off the outside world (take from this what you may). Quality sleep supports your immune system in fighting off the cold virus.

Hydration is Key

  • Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, herbal teas, and broths.

  • Warm liquids can soothe a sore throat, alleviate congestion, and keep you hydrated.

Nutrient-Rich Diet

Consume a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to support your immune system. Include foods high in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables. If you can't get it all in your diet, then it's important to supplement, it with store-bought vitamins, minerals and probiotics. My go to remedies I would recommend to all include:

  • Turmeric Capsules 1000mg daily

  • Polyphenols (e.g. Green Tea Capsules)

  • Vitamin C 1000mg daily

  • Vitamin D at least 4000iu daily

  • Glutathione

Herbal Remedies

Explore herbal remedies like echinacea, elderberry, and ginger, and take these every day during the winter. Don't stop once the cold disappears, as there's plenty more around the corner. I am a fan of fresh basil tea (Tulsi):

  • Cut your basil leaves, and soak in freshly boiled water. Leave to steep for approx. 5 minutes, and drink when warm. The antiviral effects of basil is well known in ayurveda, so I would recommend this remedy for anyone who suffers with Shingles, herpes virus or any longer term viral infections.

These herbs have immune-boosting properties and can help alleviate cold symptoms.

Steam Therapy

Inhale steam to relieve congestion. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for added benefits.

A hot shower or a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head can provide relief.

Gargle with Salt Water

Gargling with warm salt water can ease a sore throat and reduce inflammation. Repeat two to three times a day to help flush out irritants and bacteria. Remember to not to swallow the salt water mixture.

Nasal Irrigation

Use a saline solution to irrigate your nasal passages. You can buy pre-made packages such as the Neilmed Sinus Rinse, or can keep it simple with your own homemade warm salt water mixture, rinsed through via a Neti Pot.

This is a very effective way to clear mucus and reduce congestion.

Humidify Your Environment

Keep the air in your home moist with a humidifier. Moist air can soothe irritated nasal passages and ease congestion.

Essential Oils

Use essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree for their antimicrobial and decongestant properties. Diffuse these oils or add a few drops to a bowl of hot water for inhalation.

Stay Warm

Keep yourself warm, especially if you have chills or body aches. Warm clothing and blankets can help your body focus its energy on healing. Go the extra mile and warm up that hot water bottle.

Combating a cold holistically involves a combination of lifestyle adjustments, natural remedies, and self-care practices. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can boost your immune system, alleviate symptoms, and recover more quickly. Remember, it's essential to listen to your body and consult with a healthcare professional if your symptoms persist or worsen. For both a conventional and holistic approach book in with Book Online and have the benefit of a same-day prescription with the natural remedies we need for Whole Body Healing.


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