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It’s possible to help prevent a cold naturally!

This past winter, I almost caught four colds. You know, your throat starts getting scratchy and you just don’t feel right. Due to a healthy lifestyle and a few simple natural cold remedies, I was able to help stop a cold in its tracks – not just once, but all 4 times! Do you want to know what I did? Of course you do!

8 Top Home Remedies for Cold Relief Naturally

  1. I took my homemade elderberry syrup everyday during the fall and winter to build immunity. It tastes great, and the kids even love it! See my elderberry recipe here.
  2. I took Vitamin C every day. Normally I would take one tablet, but if I started feeling like I was getting a cold, I would take two – one in the morning and one in the evening.
  3. I stayed away from sugar, bread, and dairy (which I normally do anyway). All of these things can feed a cold and prevent your body from being able to fight it off quickly and efficiently.
  4. Of course I washed my hands well and had my family do the same. Be sure to wash well before entering the kitchen and touching food, after using the restroom, and after leaving the house for any reason. There are so many cold and flu germs, so be sure to scrub them off as soon as you get home.
  5. I used my homemade hand sanitizer when I was out. This kills germs like store bought hand sanitizer, but it’s actually healthy for you!
  6. My family and I used On Guard essential oil on the bottoms of our feet daily. I blended 20 drops of this oil with jojoba oil in a 10mL bottle. Then we would rub this blend onto the bottoms of our feet every morning, then put socks on over it. (Your feet don’t have sebaceous glands in them so the oils have better penetration into your skin.) If we start getting a sore throat, then we add a drop of oregano essential oil or a drop of melaleuca essential oil to our feet as well.
  7. If I started feeling like I was getting sick, I would also take Bentonite clay. Put a tablespoon in a little mason jar, mix with 2 ounces of water, and drink within two minutes of mixing.
  8. Finally, and this is my least favorite, yet MOST HELPFUL one… Put 3 drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear for three minutes. Do this as soon as you feel like you may be coming down with something 2-3 times a day. It works great when used with the above tricks. One of my daughters kicks and screams when I try to do this for her, and she suffers with more colds because she truly won’t let me do it anymore. The other 3 of us use the peroxide and have had a much better success rate!

If you do end up getting sick or are still on the verge, this recipe for Healthy Popsicles is nice and soothing with other healing properties. Give it a try!

Try these things for yourself and your family this cold and flu season, and leave a comment below to let me know if it worked to give you and what other head cold remedies you use. Also please pin on Pinterest so others can benefit as well!

15 Thoughts on “How to Help Prevent a Cold Naturally”

  • Thank you for this article. Twice now since reading these great tips I have been able to beat a cold right away! I had never heard that peroxide was good for fighting a cold, what an amazing discovery. Cant wait to make and try out the hand sanitizer!! Thank you Allison for your wisdom.

    • That’s so great, Erin! Thanks for sharing this! You’re very welcome. I’m so glad these ideas have worked for you. 🙂

  • Great tips! We love our homemade elderberry syrup around here. I use it to hide the kid’s cod liver oil and fish oil. We make homemade sanitizer and do a version similar to On Guard as well. However, I have never heard of the hydrogen peroxide in the ears! This is fascinating! I can’t wait to try it next sickness season. Thanks 🙂

    • Thanks, Chelsea. I have never considered slipping cod liver oil in there! I may have to try that… The peroxide is AHHH-MAZING!!! Give it a try and let me know how it works! 🙂

  • Great tips! We love elderberry and have used On Guard! I’ve never heard of the hydrogen peroxide trick, though. I also have a method called acupressure that we do on our ears when we’re starting to get a cold or congested that really helps. Maybe they’re related somehow?

    • Maybe they are related?? I have used acupressure once a cold has started, but not for prevention. I’ll look into that. Thanks for the tip!

  • I’m going to have to try the hydrogen peroxide trick and the bentonite clay! I do all the other things along with herbs, fire cider and kefir. Nothing feels as amazing as when you can vanquish a cold naturally!! Love these tips!

    • That’s great! Thanks for the comment. I have never tried fire cider. I will check that one out! I love all of the suggestions in this thread! I also LOVE vanquishing a cold naturally!!

  • Thanks for useful and natural tips ideas. Our Elderberry syrup is always ready in case we need some immunity booster. I think it also important to sleep with open windows at night so the air is fresh and clear.

    • Vladka, do you also sleep with the windows open in winter? It’s too cold here to do that I think. But I agree that having fresh air is always good! Thanks for the comment!

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