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Top 13 Common Cold and Flu Remedies

Remedies for Coughs, Sore Throats, Earaches, and more


Holistic Shopping: Everyone knows how cold and flu symptoms can make us feel miserable. If left untreated our immune system may be put in peril. Here are a few of the products and remedies that are prudent to keep on hand to guard against and treat these winter ailments.

1. Neti Pot

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Cleansing your nasal cavities with a neti pot relieves symptoms associated with colds, flu, sinus infections, nasal dryness, allergies, and other sinus irritations. It also helps reduce swelling of the nasal membranes. How to Use a Neti Pot

2. Airborne Effervescent Tablets

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This product was created by a school teacher who was sick of catching colds from her students each year in the classroom. It consists of seven herbal extracts, antioxidants, electrolytes, amino Asics, and vitamin C. This fantastic product was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show!
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3. Chicken Soup

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Chicken Soup! This chicken soup recipe is perfect for the busy person who isn't able to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but still wants to have that home-cooked flavor.

4. oscillococcinum

This homeopathic medicine treates symptoms of flu (fever, chills, body aches and pain).
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5. Vicks Vaporizer

Vicks Vaporizer provides steam to penetrate your room to create a moist atmosphere to ease your breathing when suffering from flu and colds.
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6. Colloidal Silver Throat Spray

Colloidal Silver is somewhat controversial in the healthcare arena, but I've found that it can be quite effective in the treatment of sore and scratchy throats.
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7. Zinc Cough Drops

Zinc lozenges are a natural choice for warding off a nasty cold, and these cherry flavored drops are convenient to keep inside your purse or pocket.
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8. Abra Cold and Flu Bath

This penetrating and detoxifying bath formula helps sooth away body aches, relieve bronchial congestion, reduce chills and overall discomfort associated with the flu and colds. Its formula includes eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, tea tree, echinacea, sage and lemon balm.
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9. Cold and Flu Echinacea Ginger Tonic

New Chapter has formulated a healing tonic which combines extracts of echinacea-species purpurea and angustifolia with ginger's 29 specific synergistic phytonutrients.
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10. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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Eucalyptus is well known for its healing properties for treating the cold and flu.
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