It is usual for me to get a cold, at least, once a year. It is a dead given. Winter = cold. But last year was different. I spent, what felt like, half the year sick with one thing or the other.
When it comes to medicine I am the odd man out. I try to avoid doctors at all costs. The only medicine I take is Ibuprofen to deal with my headaches. But that is about it. I do not rush to the ER or doctor every time either my boys or I have a fever higher than 100 degrees, or when we have had a cold for more than 3 days.
I grew up this way. My mom never gave us medicine (unless necessary) and we were never rushed to the ER (except on that one occasion when half the family ended up hospitalized due to food poisoning courtesy of WalMart’s hot dogs). She trusted our body’s natural way of healing. And I do now too.
But I digress…
Best Natural Cold Remedy
I started 2014 with cold thanks to kindergartner cooties! One cold down, hopefully none to come, thanks to taking Echinacea*.
I few days back I got a cold, the kind that makes your nose leak and won’t let you sleep. So there I was, being all miserable until my husband suggested that I should take some of his pills because they work wonders for him, blah, blah blah….So I took them.
3 a day, one per meal (right before eating or you’ll get seriously nauseous). Two days after taking these and my cold was gone! What usually takes my body two full, freaking, weeks to get rid of, it took TWO DAYS**! This on its own is a miracle.
So imagine all the colds you’ll skip if you take Echinacea pills every. single. day. I, for one, sign up!
What do you do to relieve a cold?
Disclosure: These pills were brought home by my dear husband who gave me Hand, Mouth, and Foot Disease last summer (hence why he bought them) . Don’t you love it when your loved ones get you sick?
* A 2007 study by the University of Connecticut combined findings from 14 previously reported trials examining Echinacea and concluded that Echinacea can cut the chances of catching a cold by more than half, and shorten the duration of a cold by an average of 1.4 days [Wiki]
** Results may vary.