Must-Have Home Remedies for Preventing and Treating Colds

It starts with the tiniest tickle in your throat or sinuses, then a wave of fatigue washes over you, and before you know your kids, your coworkers and you are all battling some sort of sniffling, congesting, and exhausting cold or infection. What can you do from the get-go to nip a winter cold in the bud? Here are five home remedies formulated to help prevent the spread of infection, aid in recovery, and keep you healthy all winter long.


coldcare1) Apotheke’s Tea Tree & Lemon Hand Soap:

This refreshing and purifying hand soap contains antiviral and antibacterial tea tree essential oil and disinfecting lemon essential oil. Washing your hands with this aromatic soap will reduce the spread of infection and help keep you healthy all winter-long, while leaving your hands with the lingering scent of pure essential oils.

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2) Cold & Flu Tea

Whenever I start to get the slightest inkling that I might be getting sick I brew a strong pot of Cold & Flu Tea and drink it throughout the day. This tea will strengthen and defend your reserves with a powerful blend of immune-boosting and antiseptic herbs. While Elder Flowers, Licorice Root, Fennel and Cinnamon combine to battle congestion, Calendula eases fever and Lime Blossoms calm the stomach. And of course, the time-honored Echinacea boosts the immune system to help you ward off and battle infection.


3) Jade Dragon – Cold Harmony Herbal Preparation

This is one of the best Chinese herbal formulas to have in your medicine cabinet when you start to feel sick. This ancient formula contains antiviral medicinal herbs ideal for treating the early stages of colds, as well as the accompanying symptoms of fatigue, body aches, sore throat, headache, and congestion. Take this herbal medicine the moment you start to wonder if you are getting sick.


4) Sinus & Headache Essential Oil Blend

This essential oil blend contains Camphor, Eucalyptus, Menthol, and Rosemary, which synergistically relieve tension, congestion and headaches. If I am starting to feel sinus congestion or a headache I put a few drops of the essential oil blend in my hand, rub my hands together, bring them to my face and inhale deeply. I then rub the remaining oil on my chest letting the aroma rise up to my nose. This keeps my sinuses happy all day. Alternatively, I put a few drops of the oil on a tissue or cotton ball and keep in in my front pocket. This too allows the decongesting and tension-relieving aroma to penetrate my sinuses and my whole being.


5) Wei’s Winter Blend

This masterful essential oil blend is ideal for maintaining a peaceful and healthy body and mind throughout the winter. It contains relaxing Lavender, decongesting Eucalyptus and Camphor, refreshing Peppermint, as well as anti-viral and anti-bacterial Wintergreen essential oils. A few drops of this blend in a diffuser or on your pillow will help keep you serene, restored, and breathing deeply. Maintaining a relaxed mind and body is one of the best ways to keep your immune system strong.



by Chloe Bolton