Natural Cold and Cough Remedies

The Causes:

A cough is caused by inflammation of the throat and bronchial tubes. This inflammation causes mucus to form, which the system tries to expel by coughing.

The vitality of the system has been lowered by improper diet, loss of sleep, lack of exercise and fresh air, and improper elimination. If the stomach and entire body were kept in good condition, there would be but few colds. Improper clothing and bedding at night are often causes of colds.

The poisons and waste matter in the body make one more susceptible. If the system were kept in good health and the powers of resistance good, coughs and colds would be rare.

The Natural Treatment:

A cold can be treated and overcome in just one day.

When the first symptoms of a cold, influenza, or cough appear, it is an indication that there is waste matter and mucus in the system. Take a pint of soft warm water and add a teaspoonful of salt. Sniff this up the nose and then blow it out. Repeat this until the nose is entirely free of mucus. Then gargle and rinse the mouth out thoroughly.

Whenever there is a cold, the first precaution is to keep the nose and mouth clean. This will keep the infection from going down into the lungs and causing further trouble.

When the head is stuffed up and there is tightness in the chest, as well a an irritable, drowsy, stupid feeling, we sometimes hear people say, “My head is all stuffed up,” but the fact is that they are aware of it only in their head.

The whole system is involved. Anything we can do to relieve this condition in the system will help break up the cold.

Colds would not be so prevalent if the body were not filled with mucus and waste products, so one should immediately rid the body of these poisons. There is no better way to do this than to cleanse the entire colon by herbal laxatives.

Keep quiet and stay in bed if possible. Take only fruit juices for nourishment. If you do not have fruit juices, drink water (hot or cold) with lemon juice, then later potassium broth (see index), which is nourishing and alkaline. This treatment will break up the cold.

Herbal Medicine:

Licorice:

Used for lung and throat problems. Bronchitis, coughs and congestion, etc. It has been shown to support antiviral activity, support the stress response, as well as inflammatory response

“Side Effects”

It is a mild laxative and great for cough syrups. Don’t take if you have blood pressure problems.

Ginger:

It’s used to help remove and prevent the accumulation of mucus in the lungs.

“Side Effects”

Prevents diarrhea, cold, coughs, heartburn, gas, and nausea.

Sarsaparilla:

Excellent for internal inflammations, colds, flu virus and fever. Also, it’s a blood purifier.

“Side Effects”

Increases the flow of urine. Is also powerful to expel gas from the stomach and bowels.