NATURAL OPTIONS TO FIGHT THE COMMON COLD
If you are a believer of the germ theory, the common cold can be related to a number of viruses. Often, many experts say the common cold is a coronavirus. If you feel a cold coming on, it is most likely just that, a common cold. What are some of the common ways to ward your cold symptoms off? Vitamin C? Echinacea? These are two very common natural options to shorten the duration of the cold. If you are taking vitamin C, you have two options primarily. One is ascorbic acid and the other is a buffered vitamin C. If your stomach is sensitive to ascorbic acid, try a buffered C which is more friendly to your stomach. Try taking 1000mg to 2000mg every two hours. Echinacea comes in capsules, tea and liquid extract. It is wise to avoid refined sugars which suppresses the immune system.
I asked a few of our Natural Living staff what their favorites are to fight a cold. Stephanie Burner likes zinc, D3, apple cider vinegar, lemon ginger tonics and ginger shots. Ali Schaffer takes echinacea at onset and will also take quercetin. My personal choices are Hybrid CR by Hybrid Remedies, zinc and vitamin C. But two food options may work really well. Try adding a small amount (about 1/8 teaspoon) of cinnamon powder to a teaspoon of local honey and swallow. We have organic cinnamon powder in our bulk herb section. A new favorite of mine is drinking at least an ounce of our ginger shot. Recently, I got the sniffles late in the afternoon, resulting in the need to blow my nose several times while in my office. When I went downstairs to make the nightly batch of fresh ginger shots, I had to blow my nose at least 6 more times. When I finished making the ginger shots, I drank about an ounce that was left over. After labeling the 4oz shots, I put them on the shelf in our produce department. When I got back to the kitchen, I realized that my nose completely stopped running! I did not have to blow my nose once the rest of the evening! I had never experienced stopping a cold dead in its tracks nor have I heard of anyone stopping their cold by drinking a ginger shot. I have no idea if it will work for anyone else, but it worked for me. The next week I experienced the sniffles again. I bought a bottle of ginger shot and drank an ounce or so and again my symptoms went completely away.
What is in the ginger shot? Fresh Valencia oranges, lemon and ginger root, all organically grown. It is probably the anti-inflammatory properties of the ginger that did the trick. Or it could be a synergistic effect of the combination of the lemon and ginger. If you have a juicer you can make your own ginger shots at home. Please ask me for the recipe if interested.
I really like the Hybrid CR supplement. It is sold as a 12-pack where you take one capsule 3 times a day for 4 days. It is also available in a 30-count bottle. You can order the 12-pack here and the 30-count here. The primary ingredients that I think are most effective are Andrographis and zinc. It also contains echinacea, panax ginseng and selenium. Here are links to the two Hybrid CR products:
Tell us what your favorite home remedies are for fighting the common cold. Email me at rickATgeorgetownmarket.com. I want to hear from you!