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6 Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu Season

  • When you’re sick, it is always good to cut out dairy, especially if you’re producing a lot of mucus. Dairy enhances the production of mucus.
  • Tulsi tea – One winter, many years ago, I came down with a really bad cold. I was sick for 2-3 weeks, and I was unable to kick it. It was turning into bronchitis. Coincidentally, I had a Panchakarma (an Ayurvedic detoxifying and rejuvenation treatment that consists of five therapies) scheduled. I figured the Panchakarma would definitely help me to get rid of my cold. I arrived early, and had to wait for my appointment to begin. I rested in a room and was given Tulsi tea to drink. After a couple hours of being in the room and drinking Tulsi tea, I felt way better than I had in weeks—at least 50% better.
  • Panchakarma – As mentioned earlier, Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic detoxifying and rejuvenation treatment that consists of five therapies. Panchakarma is known to alleviate many ailments: allergies, skin disorders, rheumatitis, high blood pressure, diabetes, back pain, arthritis, headaches, depression, the cold and flu, and more. As panchakarma helps to detox the body and its various organs, the body becomes stronger and healthier. When we are healthy, our immunity is stronger and we are less likely to become ill. Panchakarma helps us to get rid of viral infections by making our bodies strong enough to fight off colds and other infections. Just remember, Panchakarma can be a bit pricey (although it’s much less expensive in India), so if it’s beyond your price limit, you can always stick to the other remedies.


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Aimee Dansereau

Aimee Dansereau is a freelance writer living in San Diego, California. She once lived in Boulder, Colorado for several years, where she received an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University. Her interests include writing, natural health and medicine, organic foods and the labeling of GMOs, spirituality, yoga, meditation, environmental issues, and human rights.


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6:06AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Thank you

11:02AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

thanks for the info :)

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2:54AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks for posting.

2:05AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

I also appriciate hot lemon with fresh ginger.

11:35AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Besides a 12 hour pink-eye that turning into a 24 hours head cold, I've yet to be sick this year! YAY me! sadly, the same cannot be said for my family. Luckily, I know herbal remedies that involve common everyday plants that I stock up on during the warmer months (preferably ones I grow myself or that were wild harvested), though I did come across one this year where I had to pull out exotic herbs and spices. I believe it was the same one that kicked my ass a few years ago and gave me bronchitis and bronchial asthma (getting stronger by exercising, though there are moments where it still kicks my ass), and that called for Pau d'Arco tea and a chest cream for my little brother. He cleared up quicker than I did with steroids (I went in because I couldn't think right (sleep deprived) and no one else knows how to make herbal chest rubs :( was hoping to change that last year but no one wanted to learn).

I even have homemade cough syrup made from dandilion root (good source of vitamin D), cherry bark (mainly for flavor but also to still irritated, nagging coughs and it has decongestant and sedative properties), rosehips (wonderful source of vitamin C, specially when fresh), and violets gathered from my own back yard (violets are a great source of vitamin A)

10:00PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Some more natural remedies such as dandelions, buckwheat honey, turmeric and medicinal mushrooms can be quite beneficial to boost immune system & prevent cold and flu symptoms in our body. For more information about the health benefits of using these natural remedies for living a healthy life check out -

3:12PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Thank you Aimee, for Sharing this!

10:45AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I like the comments the most!

2:05AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Good post, thanks for sharing.

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