5 Ways to Shorten a Cold Naturally

Have you or someone in your family been struck down by the latest cold or flu virus that's going around?

If so, I have some good news for you.

You can shorten your cold or flu with natural cold remedies.

This year’s flu is really a doozy. Unlike previous years, this flu seems to totally zap your energy and drags on and on. It sometimes can last as long as three full weeks. 

But who has time to deal with a prolonged cold or flu, right?

That’s why I wanted to share with you five proven natural cold remedies to shorten your cold and reduce your cold symptoms naturally.

Top 5 Natural Cold Remedies:

  1. Elderberry flower tea, elderberry extract and elderberry fruit contain powerful antioxidants and aid in preventing viruses from attaching themselves to your body’s host cells, inhibiting viral infection and reducing your risk for colds and flu.

And, there is even evidence-based research that has documented the effectiveness of elderberry as a natural cold remedy. For instance, a 2001 study conducted at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem found that elderberry extract was effective protection against 10 strains of influenza virus and reduced the duration of cold and flu symptoms by 3-4 days.

For best results your choice of elderberry (tea, extract, juice or jam) should be taken as soon as the first symptoms appear. Ideally, check labels and avoid taking elderberry syrup or elderberry gummies, if they contain added sugar.

2. Echinacea or purple coneflower is a common and often used natural cold remedy. It works as an immune system enhancer and an effective treatment for cold and flu. When using echinacea, keep in mind that it loses effectiveness after you have used it for two weeks. Echinacea reduces the effects of a cold and helps shorten the length of time that you have symptoms. It is also used to help numb and soothe a sore throat. Echinacea herbal extracts or liquids hold their potency longer than pills which can vary in potency and may have been sitting on the shelf for months.

3. Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus) is a Chinese herb considered to be one of the best herbs for boosting your immune system. Used topically for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, astragalus when ingested provides antiviral components and energizes your natural immunity. Astragalus root is available in capsule form, as a powdered dried root suitable for herbal tea or as a liquid herbal extract.

4. Raw honey is an effective treatment for a sore throat and cough. Choose raw, unfiltered honey versus the regular commercial brand available in the grocery store (the ones in the honey bear shaped plastic container). Raw honey is also safe for children over 1 year old and can be mixed in any of the teas mentioned in this article for additional soothing effects.

5. Ginger is popular for the treatment of a variety of ailments, and its antiviral properties make it a good choice in the fight against the rhinoviruses responsible for the common cold. Ginger has been shown to help reduce the inflammation of mucous membranes, it is very effective in the treatment of congestion and the relief of sinus pain. This herb is inexpensive and offers a variety of options from freshly grated, to capsules, powders, or tea, making it easy for you to add this powerful spice to your natural cold remedies list.

Takeaway: Since the cold and flu season is now upon us, it’s the ideal time to stock up on those healthy foods, herbs and supplements that can increase your resistance and shorten your cold naturally should you fall ill. Elderberry, Echinacea, Astragalus root, raw honey and ginger are all excellent choices to shorten your cold naturally.

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