In my last post I shared how we can keep our immune system strong which most of the time works, but we’re not perfect, so what do you do when life throws you a curve ball – say you’ve been extra stressed lately, burning the midnight oil, exposed to a bunch of sickies floating around work and you’ve missed out on some opportunities to take your trusty “essential four”….and (ugghhh!) you’ve caught a nasty bug.
Not to worry, super natural tips and herbal busters that beat a cold or flu fast are comin’ right atcha!!! These are extremely helpful to start implementing at the first slightest feeling of any imbalance – you know the ones, like a little tickle in your throat, a slight twinge of nausea out of the blue, a little sniffle or sneeze – whatever it is, you know when your body just feels “off.”
One thing for sure is time is not on your side and you must act quick! The faster you start to implement these tips and herbal remedies the quicker you’ll beat this thing.
When a virus or bacteria has already started to take up residency in the body there is a really small window of opportunity to kill it and 9 times out of 10 most people don’t make that window – sorry to ruin the party folks :(. Which is why I’m going to show you how to fight cold and flu fast!
The good news is, at this point if you start pumping the body full of immune boosters you can greatly shorten the length of the illness to a day or a few days instead of 9 days (which is how long the common cold lasts) to 3 weeks if it’s severe, and even reduce the severity of the symptoms. Sooo much better than just letting it take its course.
Reduce Symptoms and Duration of Colds and Flu
If you’ve already been taking your “essential four” immediately starting to increase the amount of vitamin C (follow directions on the label for immediate use) and probiotics (I would double the amount until you feel better) will pump your immune system with extra support.
There are many herbal and homeopathic remedies that are extremely helpful, safe with no side effects and contain ingredients that actually help your body heal rather than just put a band aid on the problem – so I will list the ones I, family members, friends and clients have experienced personal success with.
I would suggest keeping at least one if not a couple different ones stocked as arsenal in your natural remedy/healing tool kit so you’re not having to waste precious “window of opportunity time” time running to the store to grab some in the moment. Again, you need to take advantage of this window and get right on things.
Don’t just take my word for it either – I will add a link to reviews for each product so you can see the results people are experiencing :)
Herbal Cold Busters
Kick-Ass Immune for adults & Kick It Immune for kids – The adult version of this liquid herbal tincture is a potent herbal blend of Yerba Santa, Baptisia, Elderflower, Yarrow, Osha, Goldenseal and Echinacea – a kung fu fighting team of immune, respiratory and lymphatic herbal heroes that truly kick ass.
Wishgarden carries an awesome line of tinctures that target other immune disorders; Sinus, Deep Lung, Kung F’u Fighter, Kick-Ass Biotic and Get Over It! They offer kids versions which are some of the best natural cold and flu remedies for toddlers, and even natural remedies for cold and flu during pregnancy.
As far as the few negative reviews regarding the taste, if you’ve never tasted liquid herbs they are quite strong but I like that because it tells me they work. I have tasted some pretty awful herbs, Wishgardens formulas are by far some of the best tasting – some of the other options here may suit you better if you can’t stomach herbal tinctures.
Check out reviews here.
Grapefruit Seed Extract – GSE contains super potent bioflavonoids that fight against all kinds of microbes, viruses and bacteria which also makes it a flu buster too.
In a study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine grapefruit seed extract proved to be effective in killing over “800 bacterial and viral strains, 100 strains of fungus, and a large number of single and multi-celled parasites.” Nuff said.
You can find GSE in liquid (my favorite) however it does have an extremely bitter taste so just mix it in juice if you want or use capsules instead.
Oil of Oregano – Oregano oil has antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which is a fancy way of saying it has the ability to kill germs including viruses and bacteria making it another flu buster too.
It contains Thymol, a natural fungicide and antiseptic that boosts immune system and acts as a defender against toxins. Carvacrol has been found to be effective against various bacteria including staph, E. coli, salmonella, giardia, listeria, candida albicans and aspergillus mold to name a few. Terpenes also act as a powerful antibacterial.
Look for wild Mediterranean source. It is extremely potent and a little oil goes a long way. Click here for reviews.
Colloidal Silver – Even though this one isn’t technically an herb, it’s too powerful not to mention. Many medical experts recognize the power of this remedy and it’s abilities as an antibacterial, antifungal and germicidal making it another flu buster too.
In a study done at UCLA in 1988, it was verified that within minutes of being exposed to colloidal silver solutions, bacteria, viruses and fungus are killed.
Another test done at Syracuse University proved the same outcome, even killing strains resistant to known antibiotics. Unlike antibiotics it has been shown to have no negative side effects and leave good bacteria intact.
There has been some controversy mainly due to some negative press that one can turn blue (a condition known as argyria), although extremely rare, it has happened but the person would have to ingest extreme amounts of improperly formulated homemade silver salt solutions.
Instead of entirely writing off this incredible remedy I think the takeaway here is to purchase colloidal silver through a reputable manufacturer (I use Sovereign Silver) rather than try making your own unless you really know what you’re doing and do it right. If you’re still a bit skeptical see this reference for a variety of articles on colloidal silver. Check out reviews here.
Herbal Flu Busters
Oscillococcinum – Say that five times fast…oscillo, oscillo, okay never mind. Oscillo for short is the number one Pharmacist recommended brand and hands down my absolute favorite homeopathic flu remedy. We always keep it in our natural remedy stash and have benefited from it every time we’ve had to use it. It’s a great treatment for body aches from flu and the other symptoms it brings.
This one is actually a homeopathic remedy based on “like cures like” in which a small dose of the thing your body is trying to fight off stimulates an immune response to fight it off. Homeopathy can sometimes be a wee bit difficult to explain so all I can say is try it for yourself – these vials of tiny pellets work wonders for us – and apparently many others too!
Sambucus – AKA Elderberry extract, rich in antioxidants including bioflavonoids and vitamin C, has a potent antiviral agent that blocks viruses from penetrating the cells.
Another component anthocyanins, protect the mucous membranes by reducing inflammation and swelling in the sinuses and throat.
In 1995 Elderberry was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama. It was reported to reduce severity of symptoms and reduce duration over those who didn’t take it. Studies have shown it to shorten the duration by about 3-4 days.
GSE, Oil of Oregano and Colloidal Silver mentioned for colds above are also helpful for flu.
For those times when you need some extra support to soothe a cough, sore throat, or open up your airways especially at night while you sleep I have great success with some natural herbal alternatives as opposed to conventional products that make you feel groggy or drowsy and have questionable ingredients and side effects.
For cough support – Wild Cherry Bark Syrup, Olbas Cough Syrup, and Olbas lozenges are excellent. For sinus and chest congestion Breathe Deep Tea, Olbas Inhaler, Himalayan Salt Therapy, and Breathe Easy Rub are wonderful. To soothe sore throat Singer’s Saving Grace, Throat Coat Tea and Olbas Pastilles are super effective.
*Mix a couple drops of eucalyptus oil with coconut oil for a homemade decongestant vapor rub.
Now For the Tips
This part is pretty self explanatory but as obvious as these tips may seem, they often fall by the wayside even though they are extremely crucial to kicking a cold or flu to the curb.
- Reduce intake of sugar, processed foods and artificial sweeteners. These are a ball & chain for weak immunity.
- Stay hydrated with lots of fluids. Drink plenty of water and hot liquids – herbal teas with honey, lemon and ginger and mineral rich broths like bone broth (recipe here) are healing tonics.
- Get plenty of R & R. Resting and taking it easy allows your body downtime to heal and lots of sleep allows for cleansing and repair.
- Avoid too much stress since it can weaken your immune system.
- Wash your hands often and wipe down surfaces (more germs are found here than the air) with GSE and tea tree oil mixed in water and spritz the air with it to rid any airborne bugs – you can also dilute Thieves Essential oil blend in water for a germ killing room spray.
Contrary to what some people think, natural remedies for cold and flu can be extremely powerful and effective when it comes to fighting it fast, especially when taken at the first sign of imbalance. Nature really does provide everything we need to heal holistically, it offers powerful yet gentle solutions that not only take care of symptoms but also help build our immune system back up so that it can come back stronger.
What are your favorite remedies that work well for you? Let us know in the comments below!