How to Fight a Cold Naturally

The common cold is caused by a virus rather than bacteria, so antibiotics won't help. But you can always work on building up your immune system and relieving your symptoms. Here are some natural ways to fend off that cold.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • Juice Boxes
  • Herbal Teas
  • Chicken Soup
  • Vitamin C
  • Bottled Water
  • Zinc
  • Echinacea
  • Marshmallows
  • Goldenseal
  • Slippery Elm
    • 1

      Take time off. Getting adequate rest will help you get over your cold quickly.

    • 2

      Drink more water than you usually do. Eight glasses a day is standard when you're healthy, so try to drink more than that.

    • 3

      Substitute herbal tea or juice for water to make your liquid intake goals.

    • 4

      Let your appetite dictate how much you eat. If you're not hungry at all, try eating something that's easy to digest, like a banana. Sugar may have a negative impact on your immune system, so limit sweets.

    • 5

      Eat chicken soup if it makes you feel better. It can't rid your body of the virus, but it's easy to digest and may soothe your throat.

    • 6

      Drink an immune-boosting tea of echinacea or goldenseal. You can also take capsules or a tincture.

    • 7

      Load up on vitamin C every few hours, and take zinc according to bottle directions.

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