Natural cold and flu remedies for you and your family

by Mollee Bauer

Natural flu remediesFlu season is in full swing and chances are you or someone you know, will be affected by the effects of it.

Because it's so highly contagious, we can't always be prepared for the hundreds of mild forms of influenza -- but we can try. Flu symptoms can make us miserable with fevers, a cough and sore throat, stuffy noses, aches and chills. But there are ways to feel better.

Prescription antiviral medications are available to ease symptoms of seasonal and H1N1 flu. In many cases, regular home remedies could be all you need to relieve mild to moderate flu symptoms.

If you're not one to take the shot, as many aren't these days, there are some natural ways to help prevent and possibly reduce the symptoms of the common cold and in turn, raise your immunity during this nasty season.

These remedies could help lessen the possibility of you contracting the flu -- however you should always visit your healthcare provider if you're experiencing serious or life-threatening symptoms.

Arm yourself with natural cold and flu remedies

Vitamin D: If you boost this vitamin, it helps to prevent colds and flu. They say that vitamin D plays a role in the protection of the body's key organs. It also encourages cellular growth, immune cell activity, and lowers inflammation. You can get this super vitamin by spending 15 minutes in natural sunlight every day, eating foods with vitamins D or taking a D3 supplement.

Vitamin C and Citrus Fruits: We know that if you have a cold, vitamin C does a body good. You're allowed 200 mg four times a day. Fresh-squeezed lemon is a handy way to get the benefits. If you drink water mixed with lemon juice, it helps the body purify the lymphatic system, which in turn helps fight of colds. Try squeezing a half a lemon into one cup of purified water and drink this 3 or more times a day. Have a lot of mucous? Add black pepper and fresh or powered ginger. This should help reduce the amount.

Zinc Orotate: Recent double blind studies are showing that zinc can reduce the intensity and the duration of the common cold by up to 50 percent. You can always try taking a zinc supplement.

Organic Oregano Oil: Who would think that this oil is a potent anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agent that relieves congestion and inflammation. Some healthcare professionals recommend about 9 drops of organic oregano oil taken internally in a capsule after meals on a full stomach.

Organic Turmeric: Turmeric has been known as an incredible herbal remedy. It's a strong antimicrobial that helps push out out bacterial and viral infections. It is even known to help those pesky sore throats.

Organic Echinecea: This herb is a well-known immune booster with strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. If you have a cold, healthcare professionals say to take th droppers full of tincture in warm water or drink as a tea.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: This liquid gold is a wonderful natural healing agent. Go with a trusted organic brand like Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, but you want to make sure it's raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and contains "Mother of Vinegar." You can mix it with water, or sprinkle on your pillow to breath in the vapors while you sleep.

Have you tried any of these items to help ward off the nasty, tricky cold and flu season? Tell us what's worked for you and what hasn't! What are some things that we should include on this list?

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