Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu

By Dr. Pallavi Sharma

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Do you know what a cold and flu are? Well, if you don’t, it’s time to learn!  A cold and flu are both illnesses that affect the upper respiratory tract.

The most common symptoms of colds are a runny nose, sore throat, headache, cough, and muscle aches. In addition to cold-like illness, the flu shows symptoms of fever, chills, and fatigue.

The virus passed from person to person through droplets exhaled into the air or coughed out of your lungs. You can get sick if you come into contact with someone who has the flu and then touches your face before washing your hands!

If you have a cold or flu, please take care of yourself by staying home and resting until symptoms improve.

Cold and Flu Natural Home Remedies

Several natural remedies might help you relieve symptoms.

The cold and flu are viral infections that cause fever, cough, sore throat, and fatigue.

Cold and flu symptoms can be difficult to tell apart, especially when you’re sick. That’s why it’s important to know what they look like so you can avoid being confused and stuck in bed.

Cold symptoms include:

  • A sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Fever (although this isn’t a symptom of every cold)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Flu symptoms include:
  • Coughing (this is the most common symptom)
  • Sore throat (also called pharyngitis)

There are several types of viruses that are responsible for causing colds, including rhinoviruses and coronaviruses, while flu is caused by either the influenza A virus (flu) or the influenza B virus (influenza).

These viruses spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing droplets or through direct contact with infected surfaces like doorknobs or doorknobs.

They are often spread from person to person through direct contact by coughing and sneezing.

It’s not uncommon for people to feel miserable for weeks with symptoms, but it’s usually treatable with natural remedies.

Rest, rest and rest!!

Keeping up late and sleeping in on weekends is not the way to go when it comes to staying healthy and keeping your immune system strong.

Try to Submit full 8 hours of sleep every night, and don’t stay up late watching TV or playing video games.

Resting will help you heal faster from these viral infections.

Keep Hydrated

Drink plenty of water. You may be dehydrated if you’re not drinking enough fluids. Fresh juices, soups, clear broth, and lemonade are choices of drinks that will help you with dehydration.

If possible, try drinking about 8 glasses of water each day. This will help keep your immune system working at its best so that it can fight off viruses more effectively.

Don’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes while sick. These can make it worse by dehydrating you more quickly and making it harder for your body to fight off infections.

Eat Well

Chicken soup with barley or brown rice is an old remedy for colds, but it has been proven effective in treating more than just sniffles!

It contains enzymes that help break up congestion in your sinuses as well as vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K, which are essential for fighting off viruses. And who doesn’t love soup?

Taste Hot Tea

Brewing hot tea with lemon juice helps kill germs because it has anti-fungal properties that can stop them from growing in the first place!

Gargle with salt and warm water

If you’re having trouble with your throat, whether it’s a sore throat or a scratchy throat, try my solution! It’s all-natural and completely safe. Just mix one part of my solution with two parts of water, pour it into your mouth, and gargle for one minute. You’ll feel the relief in no time!

Herbal Remedies to Keep the Throat Moist

It is a combination of honey, lemon, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.

Mix equal portions of these ingredients and take one tablespoon twice daily.

You can also add honey to warm water or use a mixture of honey with lemon juice or vinegar. It is a natural remedy that is both effective and safe.


Cold and flu season is upon us, and we all know how much more difficult it can be to manage when you’re sick.

Humidifiers bring moisture from your air into the air around you. This helps to keep your nasal passages moist and improve breathing, which can help with symptoms like congestion and sneezing.

There are quiet humidifiers that are easy to use.


While many people will try everything under the sun to cure their symptoms faster, supplements such as vitamin C or zinc will work for you to boost your immune function.

Vitamin C is essential for healthy immune function. It helps the body rid itself of bacteria, viruses, and other germs that cause colds and flu.

In fact, research shows that people who take vitamin C supplements are less likely to develop a cold than those who don’t. Vitamin C also helps boost your immune system’s ability to fight off future infections.

Blowing Your Nose

Blowing your nose helps to clear out mucus from the sinuses and throat, which can help you feel better. If you have an infected ear, blowing your nose might make it worse. So if you are experiencing searches, be cautious when blowing your nose.

Gargling with Salt and Water

The saltwater gargle is a remedy for the common cold, which is thought to help speed up recovery by clearing the nose and throat of mucus.

The saltwater gargle has been used as a home remedy for many years. It is thought that the salt water solution helps to clear out mucus from the nose and throat and may reduce swelling in the nasal passages.

This can help to reduce symptoms such as congestion, sore throat, headaches, and sneezing.

Nasal Irrigation

To help you get rid of your cold faster, try irrigating your nose with warm water.

Irrigating the nose with warm water is a common cold remedy that is quite effective. It can be used to help relieve nasal congestion and clear up the mucus in the sinuses. Nasal irrigation helps in removing mucus and bacteria from the nose. It is recommended to use a neti pot to irrigate the nose with warm water.

A neti pot is a small urn-shaped container that has a spout on one side and a nozzle on the other. The user fills it up with lukewarm water and pours it into one nostril, allowing it to run through their sinuses, through their throat, and out of the other nostril.

It’s important to note that this remedy could be very helpful for people who have chronic sinus problems or rhinitis.

Warm Shower

A warm bath can help you get over a cold. To reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the duration of your cold, try taking a hot bath or shower with plenty of soap suds to loosen the mucus in your nose and throat.

Hot water will also help relax your body muscles, which may be sore from coughing or sneezing.


Mentholated salve has been used as an alternative treatment for some time now.

The mentholated salve contains menthol or peppermint oil that has been mixed with other ingredients such as camphor oil or eucalyptus oil to make it more effective in relieving the symptoms of a cold.

It comes as a vapor inhaler that clears nasal congestion in seconds.

Vapor rub blams can also be applied to the chest and inhaled by the patient. This too can clear the nasal passages.

Headend Elevation

The elevation of the head can help relieve symptoms of a cold. This is a good way to avoid congestion and other cold-related symptoms.

The elevation of the head can also help with sinus pressure and pain.

This posture will help to keep your airways open, which is important for breathing, and will reduce coughing, which is an important part of treating a cold.

Elevating the head of a person who has a cold can help them to feel better, breathe easier, reduce congestion, and help with the drainage of mucus and fluid.

What to Eat When You Have a Cold


Chicken soup is a popular dish that is made of broth, vegetables, and meat. It is usually served hot, and it has been used as a home remedy for a variety of ailments.

Chicken broth soup for dry cough can be made with chicken, water, garlic cloves, onions, celery stalks, carrots, parsley leaves, and bay leaves. It is rich in many minerals and proteins, which are essential to fight back a lung infection.


Honey is a natural remedy for dry cough.

It is a natural and effective remedy for dry cough. Honey can soothe the throat.

It also has antiviral properties that help fight the infection that causes your cough. It is not given to children under 1 year as it can cause a serious bacterial infection. (Botulinum toxin).


Garlic is a great natural remedy for dry coughs. It has been used for centuries to treat respiratory problems such as colds and flu.

Garlic is also thought to be an effective treatment against pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis, and other lung infections.

Garlic contains allicin, which helps to thin out the mucus in the lungs by breaking down the sticky substance into a more liquid form that can then be easily coughed up or breathed out of the lungs.

This same compound can also help to reduce inflammation in the throat and airways that may cause a dry cough.

Oregano oil

This oil is an effective treatment for dry coughs. It is a natural remedy that can be used to relieve the symptoms of a dry cough.

It has thymol and carvacrol, which show antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that can help in treating respiratory infections.

Oregano oil has been used in traditional medicine as an effective treatment for respiratory infections and other lung-related conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and emphysema.


This is a plant extract that is used as a herbal remedy to treat the symptoms of the common cold and flu. It has been found to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties. It has flavonoids and reduces the risk of contracting the common cold by 50 %.

Echinacea can be taken in tablet form or as a liquid extract. The recommended dosage varies depending on how severe the condition is, with the most common being two-three times per day for adults.


Probiotics are an important part of your diet. Probiotics are good bacteria that help to improve your digestive system and immune system.

It helps your body fight off bacteria and viruses, which is why it is often used in conjunction with antibiotics to treat infections.

You can find probiotics in foods like yogurt, kefir, and kimchi. But there are also probiotic supplements available that contain live bacteria.

Probiotics are usually taken by mouth, but you can also get them through a nasal spray or suppository. If you have a dry cough that’s keeping you from sleeping at night, try taking a probiotic supplement each day for about two weeks to see if it helps reduce your cough.

North American Ginseng

It is a natural remedy for dry coughs. It’s especially good for older people who have difficulty breathing and are prone to respiratory complications.

The leaves of North American ginseng are used to make tea. The tea has a spicy taste and can be mixed with other herbs and spices if you prefer. You can also take the dried root of this plant as an herbal supplement.

Vitamin C Supplementation

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is essential for the body’s immune system to function properly. It helps the body fight off infections and other diseases, and it also helps build collagen, which helps keep joints healthy.

For dry cough treatment purposes, vitamin C can improve lung function, reduce inflammation in the airways, relieve sore throats and nasal congestion, and boost your immune system.

The best way to get vitamin C into your diet is through fruits and vegetables. ( oranges, lemon)

Zinc Supplements

Zinc is an essential mineral that plays a role in over 300 enzyme reactions in your body. Zinc helps your immune system fight against germs and viruses that can cause infections like the common cold or even more serious conditions like tuberculosis or pneumonia.

Zinc deficiency can also lead to asthma and allergies, so it’s important for everyone to get enough zinc in their diet.

Hot Spices


Cinnamon has been used for centuries to help with coughs, colds, and other respiratory issues.

It contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon can be taken as tea or added to food.

Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is used in most cough remedies today. The heat from the capsaicin can cause your mucous membranes to swell and loosen up, making breathing easier and alleviating dry cough symptoms.

You can also add chili peppers directly into your food to help soothe your throat and make it easier to breathe.


Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many years now because it helps ease symptoms associated with sore throats and sinuses.

It also helps fight inflammation of the mucous membranes in your throat, which can relieve some of the symptoms of a dry cough.

Gingerroot has been found to work as well as some over-the-counter medications when it comes to easing cold symptoms such as congestion and coughing fits.

Turmeric (Indian yellow):

Turmeric root contains curcumin, an ingredient that has been shown to improve the common cold.


Berries are a great source of antioxidants, and they’re rich in vitamin C. Antioxidants are great for your immune system, which is what helps you fight off the nasty virus that causes a dry cough.

You can eat berries such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries with or without water, so feel free to make up a big batch of fruit salad and enjoy!

Chamomile Tea

It is known for its ability to calm inflammation and help soothe sore throats and dry coughs.

Chamomile tea is also loaded with antioxidants that help boost immune function, which can help fend off colds and flu, in addition to helping prevent common cold symptoms like nasal congestion and stuffy noses.

Herbal and homeopathic methods


Sambucol is a homeopathic remedy for the common cold and flu. It works by fighting the viruses that cause these conditions.

By reducing the number of viruses in your body and keeping them from being able to multiply, sambucol can help reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness.

Sambucol is a natural cold and flu remedy that is made from the bark of the birch tree. It is an all-natural treatment that has been used for centuries to help fight off cold and flu symptoms.

It contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and herbal compounds that work together to boost immune function, reduce inflammation, and improve energy levels.

Recent research studies have shown that sambucol reduces the length and severity of the common cold and flu viruses.

Umcka (Pelargonium sidoides)

Umcka is a herbal remedy known to help relieve the symptoms of the common cold and make you feel better faster.

Umcka is a natural, safe herb that contains essential oils, vitamins, and other healing ingredients that work together to fight off the common cold and flu.

It’s made from herbs that have been used in traditional African medicine for centuries as well as herbs that have been scientifically researched for their ability to help keep you healthy.

The first thing that you’ll notice about umcka is that it smells kind of weird, but not nearly as weird as it tastes! Umcka has a very strong flavor.

We recommend taking umcka twice a day in equal amounts and drinking plenty of water so that your body can get used to absorbing all those vitamins and minerals.

There are some adverse effects reported with umcka use, such as allergies and increased bleeding risk among patients who are using aspirin or warfarin.


This is a cold and flu medicine that has been used for centuries to treat the common cold and flu. As an anti-viral, it works by reducing the number of bacteria in your body.

Oscillococcinum is available as a tablet (200 mg) or liquid suspension (30 ml). It comes in a bottle with a child-resistant cap and should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and moisture.

Prevention of the Common Cold and Flu

The common cold and flu can be unpleasant and debilitating, but they’re also completely preventable.

Here are some tips for keeping yourself free from these viruses:

  • Stay hydrated: Have plenty of water (and other fluids) handy. Dehydration makes you more susceptible to viruses.
  • Get enough sleep: Studies show that people who get less sleep are more likely to get sick. Try to go to bed at around the same time every night and wake up at around the same time each morning. The CDC recommends that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If you can’t fall asleep because your head is pounding, drink warm milk before bed. It helps relax the muscles in your sinuses and alleviates congestion.
  • Wash your hands regularly: wash your hands before eating, after using the bathroom, and when coming into contact with other people’s germs! You can also use a sanitizer gel or spray on your hands before touching things that could be contaminated by germs—like door handles or doorknobs.
  • Try not to touch your eyes and nose at the same time, because this makes you more likely to get sick.
  • Eat healthily: Your diet plays an important role in your immune response, so it’s important to eat a balanced diet full of whole foods like fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins like fish that can help boost your immunity.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; stay home if you’re sick; stay away from crowds.
  • Use an herbal supplement called echinacea root extract (Echinacea purpurea). This herb is often used as an immunity booster during cold and flu season because it contains antioxidants that help strengthen the immune system against germs.
  • Try taking zinc lozenges or Zicam nasal swabs (available at most drugstores) as needed when symptoms start to show up. As long as they contain fluoride, they’re safe to use while pregnant or nursing!
  • Eat vitamin C-rich foods like oranges and lemons: Vitamin C helps boost your immune system and fight off infection by boosting white blood cells that fight off viruses and bacteria.
  • Green tea: It is a great way to help fight off a cold or prevent one from happening in the first place. Green tea has antioxidants that will help to reduce inflammation from the common cold or flu.
  • Vitamin D: You may be wondering if you should be taking vitamin D supplements to help prevent the common cold. While there is not a lot of research on this topic, preliminary studies suggest that vitamin D may help protect against the common cold.

When to See the Doctor

The common cold and flu are respiratory infections that can be caused by a virus.

Although it can be uncomfortable, there are times when it’s necessary to see a doctor.

  • When the temperature is higher than 101° F
  • Discomfort in swallowing
  • Earache or discharge from your ear
  • Excessive vomiting
  • Wheezing
  • Neck stiffness
  • Chest pain with difficulty in breathing
  • Confusion
  • Fit attack
  • Faintishness

TeleHealthDoc articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Dr. Pallavi Sharma

Dr. Pallavi Sharma is one of Melbourne’s best, well respected cosmetic doctors and aims to provide longstanding anti-aging benefits for her clients. With over 11 years experience in Performing cosmetic procedures, Dr. Sharma has lectured medical professionals regarding cosmetic treatments and is heavily involved in providing up to date cosmetic treatments to her clients and friends.
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