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How to Fight a Cold & Win

The changing of seasons, especially from autumn to winter, is a time to support immune health. I’ve written before about how to keep your immune system in tip top shape, so make sure you read up on how to stay healthy during cold and flu season. But if you’re exposed to the cold or flu virus and you feel yourself succumbing, you can nip sickness in the bud before it turns into a full blown illness using the below protocol. You don’t have to fall victim when those around you are sick!

Recently I was at a reunion where several family members had colds. I didn’t think much of it at the time, until two more folks from the party developed the same cold a few days later. They were all sick for days. When I started to feel that warning tickle at the back of my throat, I put my anti-illness protocol into effect. And guess what? I fought it off and won. Now I’m going to share my tried and true protocol with you. This immune boosting program is effective against bacteria and viruses, so use it as soon as you feel run down, tired, sore throat, flu, cough, or any cold or flu symptoms.

Special note on cold & flu: I am focusing on the cold virus here, but this protocol can fight flu with some added modifications (see the bonus flu section below). If you have been exposed to the flu virus, do not wait until you start to feel bad; start the protocol right away and add this product to your program.

How to Fight a Cold and Win

Follow these step-by-step directions as soon as you feel a cold or illness coming on or if your spouse or someone with whom you are in close contact is currently sick. I recommend stocking your herbal medicine cabinets with these items ahead of time so you’ll be ready.

  1. Grab your bone broth (preferably chicken for its stellar immune boosting properties) and drink one to two mugs daily as soon as you start to feel run down. Or, make a batch of my immune boosting soup. That stuff really works. If you don’t have bone broth on hand and don’t want to make it, you can order it here. It’s great to have at the ready in the freezer for these emergency situations!
  2. Begin taking oil of oregano, 2 capsules 2-3 times daily. You can also take a few drops of oregano essential oil, but be careful about which brand you use. I use and like Young Living.
  3. If you have Thieves oil, take 2 drops of that twice daily.
  4. Bump up your vitamin D. Take 15k – 20k IUs in divided doses, which means 2-3 times daily. I take this one daily and increase the dose during this protocol.
  5. I also have this immune boosting tincture on hand. Take it three times daily. I prefer it because it combines both herbs and medicinal mushrooms which are potent immune stimulators, and it soothes cough and sore throat. Great for kids, too. You can also just buy any general wellness or immune boosting tincture that contains herbs and nutrients like astragalus, echinacea, elderberry, and/or medicinal mushrooms like shiitake, reishi, cordyceps. Colloidal silver, up to 500ppm, is excellent to have around too. Take a teaspoon every hour on the hour all day for 2-3 days. Kids can take it too. It’s a very potent anti-bacterial & anti-viral, and it works.
  6. Take 1500 mg of vitamin C in divided doses (500 mg at a time). Don’t chug orange juice–it’s mostly sugar! Many of the teas and elixirs below are rich in vitamin C and the necessary bioflavonoids.
  7. Drink soothing teas during the day to stay warm and hydrated. There is a vast selection below depending on your symptoms. I tend to choose this antioxidant wellness tea that includes my favorite soothing and immune boosting ingredients. The fire ciders listed below are excellent for fighting colds and flu.

BONUS: I use this lauricidin supplement for my autoimmune clients and to help kick bacterial overgrowth. It contains monolaurin, the compound in coconut oil and breast milk that is so immune boosting. You can take it therapeutically all winter long, any time you need an immune boost, or especially for a lingering illness that keeps hanging around.

How to Relieve Your Cold Symptoms

Depending on your symptoms, you can make certain teas, elixirs, syrups, or gummy “candies” to both boost immune function and soothe symptoms. For a cold along with cough and sore throat, my basic go-to is hot water with lemon and honey. Honey is a natural cough suppressant. Ginger tea with honey and lemon is great if you have the chills, as ginger is naturally warming. Throat coat is a great tea that soothes sore throat with licorice and other demulcent herbs. I keep that one in my tea collection.

Here is a roundup of homemade tonics to both relieve symptoms and help speed you back to health.

To Soothe Cough & Sore Throat

No need to buy cough drops that contain added sugar and artificial colors and flavors. You can make your own, and they’ll likely be more effective; plus, you can add additional soothing and immune boosting ingredients. Did you know that honey has been proven more effective than cough drops?

Teas & Liquid Tonics

Drink plenty of teas when you’re fighting off illness or when you’re already under the weather. You’ll stay hydrated with the added benefit of cold and flu fighting ingredients. Choose ginger-based tonics and fire cider if you have the chills.

Immune Boosting & Illness Fighting Gummy Treats (great for kids and easy to grab and pop as needed)

Bonus: Flu Fighters

Final Word: Can Onions Ward off Sickness?

I can’t vouch, but I’ve had several people tell me that onions can ward off cold and flu and that they are nothing short of magical. Some claim the onions “absorb” the virus. I don’t know what the science says, but I’m all for folk remedies if they work.  Check out this article for how to use onion to prevent illness. This onion poultice is designed for kids.

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