Herbal therapy

Echinacea—3 ml tincture three times daily or 300 to 600 mg capsules three times daily, use at first sign of symptoms daily for 10 to 14 days, has antiviral properties, reduces symptoms; may be combined with wild indigo, boneset, and homeopathic arnica that effectively reduce cold symptoms.32

Ginger—tea, grate fresh, steep and strain, add cayenne and honey.

Goldenseal—tincture or 4 to 6 g powder three times daily, soothes mucous membranes of the throat, tea helps sore throat, has antiviral properties.

Garlic—has antiviral properties, strengthens immune system.

Licorice—has antiviral properties, enhances immune system.

Elderberry—has antiviral properties.

Willow bark, meadowsweet—relieve symptoms of cold and flu, have aspirinlike components.

Slippery elm, marshmallow—mucilagents, soothe mucous membranes.

Red raspberry, sage, yarrow—for sore throat. Homeopathy

Oscillococcinum—take at first sign of illness, reduces the symptoms.

Take remedy according to symptoms: Aconitum napellus Allium cepa

Arsenicum album Baptisia

Baryta carbonica Belladonna Bryonia Dulcamara

Eupatorium perfoliatum Euphrasia officinalis Ferrum phosphoricum Gelsemium Kali bichromicum Mercurius solubilis Natrum muriaticum Nux vomica Phosphorus Pulsatilla

Rhus toxicodendron Aromatherapy

Tea tree, peppermint, rosemary—massage face and throat.

Eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, peppermint—as steam inhalation; add several drops to bath water.

Cypress—one drop at sign of sore throat, repeat when soreness returns, an antibiotic. Lemon—use diffusor, an antiseptic, has calming effect.

Thyme—has antiviral properties. Ayurvedic medicine

Various treatments are used including ginger tea and breathing exercises.

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