Staying Cold-Free this Winter: Which Natural Remedies Work?

Some remedies are totally useless when it comes to fighting the common cold. Find out which ones really can prevent and fight colds!

Everyone has heard of the standard cold remedies and preventive measures, but it’s hard to tell which ones are worth the trouble (or the money). In order to help your immune system battle the viruses that are headed your way, try using the best cold remedies around.


American ginseng can help you fight off a cold by promoting immune system health. In addition, Siberian ginseng may be useful for treating the common cold by relieving symptoms once you get a cold. Ask a healthcare provider about the best doses and types of supplements to use if you are interested in ginseng.


Although Echinacea won’t help prevent a cold, it can be useful for symptom relief. Try an over-the-counter supplement as soon as cold symptoms start.

Zinc Lozenges

Zinc throat drops can be very helpful for symptom relief, and some studies have even found they seem to prevent colds when taken once or twice per day during the cold and flu season. Take them within 24 hours of the first symptoms if you think you’re getting a cold. Just be sure to avoid zinc nasal sprays—they have been linked to complete loss of the sense of smell.

Chicken Soup

As if you needed proof to enjoy this natural remedy! Believe it or not, some of the chemical compounds found in chicken and the vegetable broth combine to help relieve cold symptoms such as a runny nose or sore throat. So go ahead, enjoy Mom’s chicken soup as your lunch and dinner while you have a cold.

Taking Care of Yourself

One of the best preventive and treatment methods for cold viruses is simply taking care of yourself on a regular basis. A bit of exercise, a balanced diet, and plenty of rest (aim for 8 hours per night) can help keep your immune system healthy and strong. Finally, remember to keep your hands washed and your body bundled!

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