The common cold . . . annoying? Yes. But in natural medicine, a cold is thought of as your body’s attempt to cleanse itself of toxins, wastes,bacteria, and mucus that have built up to a point where the immune system is overwhelmed. The healing approach of natural medicine for this condition is to work the body instead of trying to suppress symptoms with over-the-counter cold medications.

A cold is defined as a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract.

Symptoms include sore throat, headache, fever, head congestion,sneezing, and aches and pains.

Dietary considerations
Enjoy grandma’s homemade chicken soup. Eliminate dairy products,sugar, and fried foods to increase mucus release. Drink plenty of fluids,including water with lemon, green drinks, and diluted fruit juices. Eat lightly, with plenty of steamed vegetables and fresh fruits.

Honey has also been shown to be just as effective in treating the common cold as over-the-counter medications. To ingest, mix ½ cup honey and ½ oz. thyme tincture. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of the mixture as needed.

Supplement support for the common cold
• Vitamin C: 3,000 mg
• Grapefruit seed extract capsules
• Echinacea: 1 dropperful of extract, three to four times daily until symptoms subside
• Honey
• Ginger compress on chest
• White flower oil on throat area, neck, and chest
• NutriBiotic Nasal Spray
• N-acetyl-cysteine
• Kyolic garlic: six capsules daily
• Goldenseal
• Beta glucan

Lifestyle choices
Rest! Allow yourself some down time to recover completely. After the acute phase passes, take short daily walks to stimulate circulation.