Common Cold

Article by Angela Haldane

Q. Last year I had 3 colds. So I was wondering as winter approaches us again, how can I best prepare for colds?

A. A cold virus is deposited into the front of the nasal passages by contaminated fingers or by droplets from coughs and sneezes. Common cold symptoms commence shortly after the virus is first produced in the nose (10-12 hours). The time from the beginning of the infection to the peak of symptoms is typically 36-72 hours and 50% of colds resolve within a week.

Herbal medicine is very effective at treating viruses, by fortifying the immune system to perform at it’s optimum. Some people in consultation, comment on how they would like to get fit, only they keep getting sick. In this case, I would recommend the herbal Immune Booster product available on this website. This formula contains Astragalus, a long term immune builder, and Siberian ginseng to provide stamina and resistance to infections and stress.

Should you be struck with a cold or flu, get a quality Echinacea liquid extract made from the roots, the quality can be assessed by the tingling effect on the tongue, like the Cold Decongestant herbal formula available on this website.

Kitchen remedies are fun to make, chop garlic finely in ¼ cup of manuka honey and some fresh thyme or sage. This combines to form a syrup, which you can have by the spoonful. Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic which works effectively on the respiratory system. Add some chilli if you’re keen!