Home Remedies for Colds

woman with a cold copyCold season seems to be coming in early this year.  People are already coming into my office with the sniffles, sneezes, and headaches.

Try these quick natural remedies to prevent a cold.

Four Home Remedies for Colds

1. Vinegar–  Viruses do not like acidic environments.  Vinegar is somewhat acidic, so eating foods with vinegar can help prevent the flu.  You can also gargle with vinegar.

2. Garlic–  Eating garlic, especially raw, has a lot of antimicrobial effects on the body.  A clove a day keeps the doctor away!

3.  Vegetable soup–  Soup is a great and delicious way to eat a lot of vegetables and get a lot of nutrients.  Using aromatic vegetables, like onions, garlic, scallions, are very helpful to prevent the common cold.

4. Seasonal vegetables from the farmer’s market–  It is remarkable how seasonal foods give us the right nutrients at the right time of year.  At the moment, squash and potatoes are coming into season.  In Chinese medicine, we say that these are warming foods, which help to boost our energy as the weather becomes colder.  Buying local food is fresher and helps to retain the nutrients.

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Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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