How To Be Prepared For The Cold And Flu Season

Cold Remedies that Really Work

IS it a COLD? or the FLU?

SYMPTOMS                              COMMON COLD                                            FLU
Fever                                           Rare                                              Usual; high (100-102),last 3-4 days
Headache                                   Rare                                              Common
General Aches and Pains        Slight                                            Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness                   Sometimes                                   Usual; Can last up to 3-4 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion                Never                                            Usual; at beginning of the illness
Stuffy Nose                                Common                                       Sometimes
Sneezing                                     Usual                                             Sometimes
Sore Throat                                Common                                       Sometimes
Chest Discomfort, Cough        Mild/Mod hacking cough          Common, can become severe
Complications                           Sinus congestion/earache          Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life  threatening

Table: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institute of Health website.

Fabulous Five Remedies to Have on Hand to Stay Well

  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin C (acreola/rose hips-good form)
  • Echinacea Goldenseal/Astragulus (Depending on Your Blood type)
  • Zinc, Slippery Elm or non-sugar throat lozengers or spray
  • Vitamin C (up to 10,000 IU/day based on bowel tolerance)
  • If you can find Colloidal Silver (natural antibiotic-Whole Foods carries it with a disclaimer)

Some Good Old Home Remedies

  • Gargle salt water at the first onset of a sore throat
  • Swallow honey with lemon juice and then dissolve in hot water what’s left on the spoon. Drink at the onset of a sore throat.
  • Hot water with lemon first thing in the morning to keep the bowels clearing well. First thing in the morning helps clear the bacteria that released during the night.
  • Epsom Salt soaks (1-4 cups, water as hot as you can tolerate, 5-7 minutes, get in, get out and rinse off). Can be helpful when one is having trouble sleeping or bowels aren’t moving as well as they should.
  • Use a Nette Pot (can get at drugstores) to do a saline rinse of the sinuses to clear bacteria and keep infection down. It is very important to warm the water on the stove but not to a boiling point.
  • Ear candling is very helpful for clearing excess wax build-up  but can’t be done when there is sinus pressure issues.
  • Jumping on a mini-trampoline to help move the lymph. You can also tap the body up the legs and up the arms, down the neck, under the armpit and back into to the middle of the chest. It is important to always move towards the heart when tapping.  In addition, you can also walk or soak (as listed above) to help move your lymphatic fluid.
  • Drink water (take your weight and divide by 2 to get your base amount needed) and then add 2-4 ounces for every 15 minutes of exercise.

If you end up getting sick, you can always contact me to do a BodyScan (visit my website to find out more). This can help you clear the crude quickly. Getting support so that you do not create a cellular memory is important too if you are one of those that says, “I always get sick at this time of year” You may have an emotional correlation with that sickness.  Stay tuned to my next blog for more on this patterning.


Contact Caroline Smith at 303 471 4725. You can visit her website at to learn more about her services.

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