A compendium of natural ways to fight colds and cold symptoms. Herbal remedies, foods that ease coughs and aches, old-fashioned home remedies and practical tips for keeping well this winter. More
If you feel like everyone around you has the flu and is spreading their flu-infested germs, you’re not wrong. According to the CDC, not only has this year’s flu season started early (just in time for the holidays!), but it’s predicted to be an especially bad flu season. Short of locking yourself inside the house for the next few months, there are a few things you can do to stay healthy. More
Does your medicine cabinet need a makeover? It’s surprisingly common for over the counter medication to cause a rebound effect, prolonging symptoms and making you feel worse. Even a few consecutive days taking certain cold, cough, sleep and indigestion meds can backfire, triggering the rebound and making you dependent on the medicine to feel well. When it comes to the following medicine cabinet staples, you’ll want to use caution (or the trash disposal) to make sure your otc remedies aren’t actually making you ill. More
Placebos, wives tails, myths — whatever you call them, these five tips are more hype than help when it comes to cold and flu prevention. If you really want to stay well this winter, you’d do well to ignore the following advice. More
Nature is full of sweet (and spicy, and sour) ways to boost your immune system, tame a cough and fight off bad bacteria. Eat your way to better health—or at least brief respite from that hacking cough and mucusy drip—this winter with hefty doses of these 7 foods, spices and natural remedies. More
Last week, I bought some Honee’s cough drops without really looking at the ingredients. The package said they were made with real honey and enhanced with B vitamins—great, right? But today I took a look at the ingredient list—oh my: Sugar, followed by corn syrup. Like so many cough drops—how many of you grew up gobbling wild-cherry Ludens?—these were really just candy in disguise as medicine. Here are six better-for-you alternatives, just in time for the beginning of cold and flu season. More
I admit: For years, I’ve been skeptical of the Neti pot—a tool for ‘nasal saline irrigation‘ that looks like a small teapot or genie lamp and uses a salt and water solution to flush out the passages of your nose. I have friends who swear by the Neti pot as a natural way to deal with sinus problems, allergies and colds, but the whole process has always seemed complicated and kinda gross to me. This morning, however, I woke up with a scratchy throat, an achey head and a stuffy, itchy nose (hello, fall cold!). Hot tea and a hot shower are nothing doing. Could I find salvation in the dreaded Neti pot? Can you? Read on for our overview of the Neti pot—what it is, how it works, why use it—accompanied by some lovely photos of Neti pot users. Yes, Neti potting it is probably something you’ll want to do in private.
We’re not big fans of pumping ourselves full of cold medicine the second our noses start running. But we’re also not fond of feeling like crap all day. Luckily, The Daily Green has 12 all-natural, at-home remedies to get us through cold season.
1. For a cough: Put three tablespoons of dried thyme into a pint of boiling water. Once it cools, add a cup of honey and take one teaspoon every hour (if needed).
2. To prevent colds: Eat a diet rich in vitamin C to keep colds at bay. More
Vitamin D Might Curb Colds: Taking vitamin D supplements might prevent colds during flu season — at least in men. (via Reuters)
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