The definition of "Cure" is to heal; to restore health, to relieve a person of symptoms. Naturopathic medicine does this all the time. Heck Moms and Dads do this routinely as a natural reflex, responding to the various yelps and whines of their young ones. Yet in medicine we are told to be wary of using the term. In searching online for cold and flu remedies I immediately come across posts that state "There is no cure for the common cold." I say Codswallup. Hey you, out there, name me one, just one thing you do when you have the sniffles. We all have an answer. Humans have been dealing with bacteria and viruses that cause illness for so incredibly long, would you not be shocked if we had not come up with a few things that work?
Here are mine...
1. Zinc Chelate or Citrate 25mg's orally two or three times daily with food. This one comes first today as there is a virus going around that responds well to it. Symptoms of zinc deficiency include anosmia and ageusia, or loss of smell and taste. Do take it with food. Taking zinc on an empty stomach may make you feel a wee bit barfy, so have a cracker if it happens. The "cure" for nausea with zinc supplementation is food.
2. Garlic. I'm talking a crushed clove on a spoonful of honey and chew. Kills everything. Including your social life. We all need a break sometimes.
3. Sinusitis? Here is a crazy one for you. Before bed put on a pair of cold wet thin cotton socks. Not dripping: wring them out well. But cold. Over them put a thick pair of wool socks and bundle up. Crawl in with extra blankets. Stay warm. In the morning if the socks are dry, your sinuses are cleared. Yes you think I am nuts, but hey. Hydrotherapy 101. Works best if you are super clogged up and desperate enough to try it.
4. Drinks and food need to be void of sugar. The web is covered with hydration advice for colds and flus. Lots of soups and herb teas and steam inhalations yadda yadda, but if you are downing a fruit juice after your herbal steam bath you will still feel like crap the next morning. Sugar feeds bacteria. End of lecture.
5. Fevers happen because your body knows you survive at higher temperatures than bugs do. Yay us. So cook it out. Sweat. Stay not only warm, but hot. Trick is to not catch a chilly breeze when you are wet. I add a couple of blankets to the bed. And yes, of course, two extra glasses of water with all that sweating...
6. Pure, 100% Essential Oils are awesome topically. Eucalyptus oil! A drop on the back of the tongue (lick it off your hand, just before you hand your neighbor a cup of tea). Put a drop on the front of your neck if your skin is okay with it. It is lovely in a diffuser but you won't get the whallup you can enjoy when applied topically. Eucalyptus oil is strong, and that's the point. You can buy cough drops with some in it, but a small bottle of the real oil is more potent. Avoid eyes, inner nose, and other tender bits. This stuff can tingle like too much Vics Vapor Rub.
Got Kids? My favorite trick for my sickies is dabbing Lavender essential oil on that toddlers chest and neck. Test first, just a drop (you are looking for redness, itching, or a "that's yucky mommy" reaction). I end up putting like 10 drops on the upper chest of my kid before bed. It has a relaxing effect, and gets absorbed through the skin to the lymph and kills bugs. I like that you don't have to coat it in sugar and get them to swallow it. Easy. Note: 100% Lavender Essential oil. Fake or diluted scents don't work.
7. My most favorite go-to combo for any sniffle is Vitamin C and echinacea tincture. These are well known for a reason. They are step one. For step two see point number one. Hey, it's a pandemic out there folks, no messing about. You do no harm to yourself or others by staying on Vitamin C and echinacea for ages, like the whole year, heck, even the whole pandemic and we don't even know when this will be called off by the officials. This contradicts some medical advice you may come across. Please note sources. Medical doctors get zero official education in botanical medicine or vitamin supplementation. Echinacea works best in liquid tincture form. It tingles on the tongue, so have it with some water. Gargle it on the way down for full effect. It should be gross. I make mine a bit more palatable in my office by adding other antibacterial and antiviral botanicals. A couple of ml's 2-4 times a day is great if you are sick. For a lengthy lecture on Vitamin C see my blog, titled "Vitamin C". Generally you most likely need to dose higher if you have symptoms, and are looking for that cure.
Be well. Stay hot. Drink lots.
( I sense a blog post on alcohol may be next...)