How To Stop A Cold In Its Tracks

How To Stop A Cold In Its Tracks


Each winter, in my early teen years, I caught the most terrible colds.  Most of us know what it is to suffer the common cold: runny nose, sneezing incessantly, stuffy head, coughing, achy body, scratchy throat, no sense of taste or smell. These colds lasted for 2 weeks and were miserable. I dreaded them each winter because I knew they were bound to hit me; it was just one of those things I expected every cold season. I did not know anything about natural remedies until my early 20’s, so my colds as a teenager were dealt with by using over the counter medications.

A few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, one of these old-fashioned colds hit me hard. By Monday morning, I felt terrible – bad enough that I canceled our school day. I had flashbacks of the colds I had as a teenager that lingered for so long. I wondered how fast my favorite immune herbs could help me feel better. Was my cold gone in two weeks? No….it was gone the next day!  

Here’s what I did:

I consumed 1 quart of Double E Immune Boosterthat’s it!

Double E Immune Booster is a mixture of herbs that I keep on hand. If you’ve read much of what I’ve written in the past, you’ve probably seen me mention it a time or two. It is a life-saver around our house!

After consuming a quart of this tea on Monday, I woke up Tuesday morning feeling great and back to my normal routine. I had no runny nose, no congestion, no sneezing – nothing!  All of my cold symptoms completely stopped! I was impressed! I did take an immune booster a few times a day for the next few days to make sure the cold did not come back. This time I chose to take elderberry syrup over the next few days because I have a lot of it on hand right now, but I could have taken colloidal silver, or continued taking the Double E, or some other immune booster.

Sometimes I find myself with something a little more serious than a cold or I don’t get a handle on the illness at the very beginning, so here’s a regimen I have followed if I need more “oomph”. The key is to hit illness hard and early on.






Day 1: Drink a quart of immune tea herbs (like echinacea and elderberry or an herbal mix).

Day 2:

*Make a quart of immune tea but add herbs if there is any kind of cough or congestion. For example, you can make a tea similar to this:

  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • 4 teaspoons Double E Tea mix or 2 tsp. of echinacea, 1 tsp. rosehips and 1 tsp. of elderberries (or whatever immune herbs you have on hand)
  • 2 teaspoons dried mullein
  • 1 teaspoon dried chickweed
  • 1 teaspoon dried lobelia

Steep herbs in water, covered, for 30 minutes. I add the last 3 herbs to the immune herbs to help coughs and hopefully prevent congestion as much as possible.

*Take a spoonful of homemade cough syrup hourly or up to every 15 minutes. Recipe HERE.

*Take a spoonful of colloidal silver hourly. Check it out HERE.

*Nebulize with colloidal silver if there is a cough and/or congestion. THIS in itself immediately has stopped continuous coughing the rest of the day. If you have never invested in a nebulizer, I highly recommend it! We use it for croup and other respiratory needs and it helps immensely! You can check out nebulizers HERE. Many times we only need to use the nebulizer once a day to help coughs and congestion, but sometimes 2-3 times a day, or more as needed.






Day 3:

*Drink another quart of immune tea or immune/lung tea

*Take homemade cough syrup and colloidal silver every 2 hours or so

*Nebulize colloidal silver at least once if there is a cough or congestion

Days 4 and on:

*Drink another quart of tea

*Take homemade cough syrup and silver a few times a day as needed depending on how much the illness has improved

*Nebulize silver once a day until cough and/or congestion is gone.
This is just an example of how I’ve stopped a cold in its tracks many times over the years. I share for educational purposes. 🙂

Let’s look at the ingredients in the herbal tea I love to use to understand why it works so well:

Contains Naturally Caffeine Free: 

Nettle Leaf – high source of vitamins and minerals, blood purifier
Peppermint Leaf – excellent for digestion, cleanses the body, adds flavor to the mixture
Echinacea Root – infection fighter, natural antibiotic, immune booster
Echinacea Tops – infection fighter, natural antibiotic, immune booster
Elderberries whole – immune booster
Eleuthero Root – improves energy levels, stimulates immune system
Rosehips – very high in vitamin C, fights infection

You can buy these herbs separately (by clicking the herb name above) and combine in a container to use, or buy a mix from the Bulk Herb Store.

To make this immune-boosting tea:

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
  • Add 8 teaspoons of Double E Immune Booster {or your own combination} to water
  • Remove pan from heat
  • Cover with a lid
  • Steep for 20-30 minutes
  • Strain herbs from the liquid
  • Drink this tea throughout the day.  Make sure to finish it all before you go to bed.

*Note: If making this tea for a child, give them half the amount {2 cups} throughout the day. I mix it with juice for my toddler, which makes her drink it right down!

How do you treat colds naturally?

Linked To:
A Mama’s Story    Growing Home    Walking Redeemed    The Modest Mom    What Joy Is Mine

Updated from 2/24/2014



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