Get rid of your Cold in 24 hours naturally using home remedies without using Over-The-Counter (OTC) cold medicines. I use this approach in my patients and find it to be very effective. It naturally boosts up your own immune system to fight off the cold virus fast. It shortens the course of the illness and you can get rid of your cold in 24 hours. More importantly, it has no side-effects as compared to Over-The-Counter (OTC) cold medicines which can have serious side-effects. In addition, these Over-The-Counter (OTC) cold and cough remedies can actually prolong your illness.
My Approach to Get Rid of Colds Naturally in 24 Hours Using Home Remedies
1. Take actions the moment cold symptoms start: sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, cough, headache, low grade fever.
2. Complete rest which means no reading, watching TV, surfing the internet or chit-chatting. All these mental activities consume a lot of energy. You need to conserve all off your energy to fight off the virus.
3. Stay warm. Local Heat Application on nose, eyes, ears and throat. I recommend a wheat pad pillow or a similar device. Wear warm socks. A hat prevents loss of heat from the head.
4. Frequent cleansing of nose and mouth with tolerably hot water. Be careful not to burn your nose or throat.
5. Drink special, all natural Z- Tea , three times a day.
6. Steam inhalation three times a day directly from a boiling pot of tea.
7. Eat plenty of food especially chicken-vegetable soup (or lentil vegetable soup if you are a vegetarian.)
8. Vitamin D3: Take large doses of Vitamin D3 such as 5000 IU three to four times a day for three days. Vitamin D helps immune cells to produce a number of antimicrobial chemicals, in particular a chemical called cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (camp), which works like a natural antibiotic, without the side-effects associated with synthetic antibiotics. It is best to use Vitamin D3 along with Vitamin K2 because Vitamin K2 prevents calcium deposition in the blood vessel walls and may prevent heart disease.
9. Zinc throat lozenges or tablets. Zinc plays an important role in boosting our immunity against invading viruses or bacteria. According to research, Zinc in a daily doses of over 75 mg, resulted in a 42% reduction in the duration of colds. Zinc in higher doses can cause Copper deficiency. Therefore, it should be used in combination with Copper.
10. Essential oils: Many essential oils possess antiviral activity. Therefore, these oils are used as an alternative medicine to treat the cold. These essential oils include frankincense essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, tea tree essential oil, tulsi essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, ginger essential oil, and lemon essential oil. Add 2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of boiling water and inhale for a few minutes. Use it three times a day. You can also add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub it on the chest to relieve cough. You can also gargle with a couple of drops of tulsi essential oil, or lemongrass essential oil diluted in warm water. You can also add 2-3 drops of essential oil in a vaporizer.
Cold Medicines May Be Harmful
Medical treatment of a Cold is aimed at controlling symptoms. These treatments are readily available over the counter. It is a multi-million dollar industry. These remedies primarily consist of a nasal decongestant, an antihistamine, a cough suppressant and a pain reliever.
Each one of these ingredients can cause severe side-effects. For example, a nasal decongestant can raise blood pressure, cause rapid heartbeat and may even cause a heart attack. Most antihistamines often cause drowsiness and its serious consequences, such as a car accident. They can also cause acute retention of urine and an acute episode of glaucoma. Cough suppressants really do not work except for brief periods. Pain relievers such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol in the USA) can cause liver damage. Other pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen, Naprosyn and Naproxen, can cause stomach upset and rarely, bleeding from the stomach and acute renal shut down in patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease or chronic renal disease.
Cold Medicines Often Prolong the Illness of a Cold
In addition, here is the biggest problem: Cold medicines often prolong the illness of a cold, leading to prolonged use of these medications which culminates in the unnecessary prescription of Antibiotics with their own potential serious side-effects.
You need to understand how your body responds to an attack by an army of viruses: The affected areas, such as the nose, sinuses and throat, gets inflamed, which enhances blood circulation to these areas, bringing in an army of your Immune Cells to fight off the invading viruses. As a result, there is an increased production of secretions in the nose and throat area. In addition to killing off viruses, the body also flushes away the invading viruses in these secretions.
Now, consider how a nasal decongestant works: These drugs reduce the blood flow to the nose and throat area. How does an antihistamine work? By drying up the secretions in the nose, sinuses and and throat area. Isn’t it obvious that these treatments work against your immune system and helps to prolong your illness?
Another problem: For your immune system to effectively fight off viruses, it needs full support from your entire body. In order to conserve energy, the body must rest and provide as much energy to the immune system as it needs. That’s why there is sneezing, watery eyes, body aches and pains, exhaustion, fever and headaches. All of these symptoms force you to take rest. However, you decide to take the medicines that temporarily control your symptoms and you continue with your work and other activities instead of resting. Once the effect of theses medicines wears off, you feel worse. Then, you take the next dose and the vicious cycle continues.
Two Actual Case Studies:
1. Got Rid of a Cold in 24-Hours – Actual Case Study
Here is the actual case history of my own recent experience with cold/flu.
January 5, 2019, 11 am
I developed cold symptoms while being outdoors on a cold January morning – temperature of about 55℉ – violent sneezing, running nose and feeling cold. I realized what was happening. Time to take action. Right away, I bundled up: put on a warmer jacket, hat, a scarf and socks. Turned the heat on to 80℉
I heated a small pillow that my brother-in-law gave me a few years ago as a Christmas present. It’s called a wheat pad pillow.
I put this warm pillow on my face and sat in a chair, head slightly bent down for several minutes. Sneezing lessened but still feeling cold.
Took a dose of Vitamin D3 with K2 (5000 IU + 100 mcg) and Zinc plus Copper (50mg + 2 mg).
Heated some chicken-vegetable soup that I had cooked the night before and had a bowl of it.
Got Z-Tea going. Laid on the sofa with a warm blanket on me. Sun rays comforted my body with gentle warmth.
Now Z-Tea was ready. Inhaled some steam coming out of the boiling Z-Tea pot. Poured Z-Tea into a cup, added one tablespoon of raw honey. Came back to the sofa and slowly sipped Z-Tea while keeping my eyes mostly shut.
Feeling pretty good, but nose a bit stuffed and energy level is down.
Two of our friends showed up for the scheduled potluck lunch at our house. I informed them about my cold. I mostly rested and ate at the sofa, while still engaging in conversation at a slow pace. My friend made shrimp curry on a bed of rice. It just hit the spot. They had also brought two pies (apple and cherry). I took a piece of each for my dessert.
My friend made Z-tea and we all drank it. Then, they left. Took another dose of Vitamin D3 with K2 and Zinc plus copper and laid back on the sofa.
Some sneezing, runny nose, post-nasal drip and sore-throat. Also started to have generalized muscle aches. Energy level down. Put warm pillow on my face again.
Had another bowl of chicken-vegetable soup, Took another dose of Vitamin D3 with K2, and Zinc plus Copper. Still having generalized muscle aches, some nasal discharge and sore-throat.
Decided to cancel my scheduled next day talk on stress management.
Made another Z-Tea. Did steam inhalation over the boiling pot of Z-Tea. Added one tablespoon of honey to a cup of Z-Tea and sipped slowly, sitting in a chair in the family room, watching my wife removing ornaments from the Christmas tree. I mostly stayed quiet. She was glad at my silent company.
Ate another bowl of chicken-vegetable soup. Used heated pillow one more time and went to bed.
7 am: Woke up after a good 10-hour sleep. Still some nasal congestion, muscle aches and tiredness. Had a bowel movement.
Put back on heavy jacket, hat, scarf and socks. Had a bowl of chicken-vegetable soup and a cup of Z-Tea. Did steam inhalation off the pot of Z-Tea. Took a dose of Vitamin D3 with K2, and Zinc plus Copper.
9 am: Went outside. Sun was bright and warm. Decided to sit on a chair and soaked in the sun for a good ½ hour. Felt good. Came inside for about ½ hr, then went outside and slowly walked in the sun for about 15 minutes, and sat down on a chair for another 15 minutes.
10 am: Felt really good. No runny nose or congestion. Good energy level. Had another bowl of chicken-vegetable soup.
11 am: Almost back to normal. Good energy level. No more frequent bowel movements. Muscle aches improved.
12 . Noon: Felt good. Decided to do a little home project outside in the sun.
Kept up with Vitamin D3 with K2, Zinc plus Copper and Z-Tea three times a day for another two days, then down to the maintenance dose of twice a day.
2. Natural Treatment Of Cold within 24 hours – Another Actual Case Study in a Vegetarian, Diabetic patient
I am a 67 years old Type 2 diabetic. Here is my recent experience with an episode of cold.
On October 8th, my 25 – year old son came down with a cold and cough, and it got worse by the next day. He wanted me to take him to a walk-in Clinic, which I did. The wait at the clinic was some two hours. While sitting in the clinic, I started to notice cold symptoms for myself – my nose started dripping continually. My son was given antibiotics and we returned home by 8 pm.
My regimen starting at 8 pm as follows:
1- Stopped all of the use of computer and cell phone.
2- Stopped talking.
3- Took Vitamin D3 as 20,000 IU.
4- Started steam inhaling with a table spoonful of Turmeric.
5- Focused my mind that I will get over it in 24 hours.
6- Made soup with 1/8 cup of lentils and vegetables with mustard seeds, cumin and Fenugreek seeds.
7- Did steaming again at 10 pm before going to sleep.
8- Also, did salt water gargle in the night and am.
9- Ate one orange a day and ate one boiled egg a day and Mung dal pancakes with vegetables every day.
10- October 10th at 8 am, some light cough also started. I increased the frequency of steaming with Turmeric to every two hours. By 9 pm that evening, I was feeling better but not completely back to normal.
11- By October 11th at 8 am, I was pretty fine. The cough continued for three or four days in the morning only and would go away after steaming. I continued 20,000 IU per day of Vitamin D for 4 days and went back to 10,000 a day routine. I took blood sugar readings from the onset for four days in the mornings
and they were in the 100 to 104 range. After four days, they are back to
my usual range of approximately 90 to 98.
Coming back to my 25 – year old son. He completed his 7 – day antibiotics course. Two weeks later, his morning cough is not completely gone. His diet was lemon chicken soup, Lentil soup and Chicken samosas for the first four days. After that he is back to his normal diet of fish, chicken and vegetables. He also did some salt water gargles and increased his vitamin D intake to 20,000 IU as well. But, he did not put his mind or body to rest. He also did not stop talking. In addition, he continued his usual judgments.
My lessons from this experience:
1- Found doing nothing and reducing the cognitive load to minimum very useful.
2- Doing away with talking seem to help as it has both a calming influence as well as add to the physical rest.
3- After bouncing back, continue to pace myself carefully. (In general, always pace yourself and pay attention to your self.)
4- Approaching the episode with an open mind does make a difference. In other words, don’t start talking to people telling them how miserable you are and so on.
5- Preserve the energy. Suspend judgments.
The Choice is Yours!
I just shared with you my own experience and thoughts about the treatment of Common Colds. It is not my intention to convince you one way or the other. Ultimately, the choice is all yours!