Common Cold/Flu

Natural and herbal remedy recipes for treating common cold and flu

Common Cold / Flu

Cold is the most common contagious disease of mankind and is usually caused by viruses spreading from person to person. The more dangerous kind of viruses result in influenza with severe symptoms of aching in the head, joints and loins, sore throat and severe cough.

 Flu usually begins with chills and fever for the first few days, followed by headache, lower back pains, lassitude and anorexia. It can last for a couple of weeks. All these contagious diseases happen when the body's defense mechanism is weak. A diet high in sugar, not having enough sleep, having too much stress and deficiency in vitamin D can all contribute to lower immune function. A balanced nutritional diet is most important in nourishing the immune system in preventing cold and other diseases.

Avoid taking drugs as decongestant or to lower fever. Mucus is our body's natural defense mechanism to wash out the virus. High body temperature is also our body's natural response to kill the virus. We should let cold/flu runs its natural course by keeping it under close monitoring and control. Avoid antibiotics as far as possible because they can kill the bacterial flora in our gut and can impair the immune system, making things worse. Eating the right food, drinking plenty of water and sleeping more can help to speed up the time to kick the cold or flu.   

Western doctors emphasize the importance of fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamin C, for prevention and treatment. Pumpkin, an antioxidant, is rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A and is very effective in preventing cold. Banana, sweet potato, garlic, pepper and chilly are all effective in preventing cold virus. A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

In Chinese medicine, wind-cold or wind-heat or summer heat attacks are the causes of cold. Ma-huang, pueraria, aconite, licorice and bupleurum are the common herbs use to treat cold depending on the conformation. For food cure, the white stem of fresh green onion, fresh ginger, garlic, and peppermint are effective in promoting perspiration to release wind-cold syndrome of stuffy noise. Eating light and easy-to-digest food during a cold is important. The body is at war fighting the cold virus and has little energy left to digest a heavy meal. Starving a cold is most important because the last thing you want is the virus to grow stronger. The western belief of nursing a cold with chicken soup is contrary to Chinese medical advice of avoiding high protein foods including eggs.  


Easy Home Remedies to Fight Cold/Flu

Water & Coffee

For early symptoms of cold/flu with sneezing and runny nose.
1. Boil 3 cups of water, drink all while warm (not cold).
2. Wait for 5 minutes and then drink a cup of warm coffee.
3. After 20 to 30 minutes you'll start to urinate a lot therefore cleaning out the cold/flu virus. Your sneezing will stop. 

Onion & Garlic Soup

For symptoms including sore throat.
1. Peel an onion the size of a fist and cut into six pieces
2. Peel an equal amount of garlic in weight and crush open.
3. Put both ingredients in a pot with water covering to 2 inches above them (add lean pork if desire for better taste).
4. Bring water to boil and then simmer down to one cup of water left, add salt to serve.
5. Repeat this once every four hours and up to 3 times on the first day to see result.

Honey and Cinnamon

Those suffering from common or severe cold should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

Garlic Soothe a Sore Throat

A recent study shows that fresh garlic juice has antimicrobial properties that fight pain-causing bacteria. Gargle twice daily with a solution of six pressed garlic cloves mixed into a glass of warm (not hot) water. Follow the regimen for 3 days. The warm liquid soothes inflamed tissue.

Vitamin C and Honey for Cough

To calm a nagging cough that keeps you awake at night, mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey (don't give to children younger than 1), with 500 mg of Ester C (the non-acidic type) 30 minutes before bed. Make sure you swallow the mixture very slowly which can help to kill the cough virus. The vitamin C can also boost the immune system in fighting the cough. Recent research shows that honey works better than either a cough suppressant or no treatment at all for relieving children's nocturnal cough and promoting sleep.

Ginger to calm cough

Cut 2 to 3 slices of ginger and put them inside your mouth. When you feel you are about to cough, just chew on the ginger to release the juice and slowly swallow the juice. The anti-inflammatory effect of ginger can help to kill the cough virus.


All Common Cold and Flu Recipes:

Flu Prevention Tea (7001)

Clear lung and lower heat

American Ginseng and Ginger Tea (7002)

Treat early symptoms of cold such as slight change of voice or with itchy or sore throat

American Ginseng and Corn Tea (7003)

Tonify lung, benefit qi and warm center to prevent flu

Aqastache and Perilla Leaf Tea (7004)

Treat runny nose due to allergy to cold air

Magnolia Flower & Xanthium Fruit Herbal Tea (7005)

Treat over sensitive nasal tract with frequent morning sneezing and with clear nasal mucus

Green Olive, Scallion and Black Tea (7006)

Treat sore throat and early signs of cold/flu

Ginger and Brown Sugar Drink (7007)

Treat sneezing, watery nasal discharge of early wind cold symptoms

Japanese Ground-ivy and Perilla Leaf Drink (7008)

Treat wind cold syndrome of common cold and flu

Perilla Leaf and Apple Juice (7009)

Cure respiratory tracks infection, sore throat, cough, symptoms of flu

Astragulas and Loquat Juice (7010)

Treat chronic cough and throat infection

Fritillariae and Pear Juice (7011)

Treat cold/flu with sore throat and headache

Ginseng and Goat Milk (7012)

Treat respiratory allergy and bronchitis

Wind Shelter & Herbal Mix Drink (7013)

Treat early symptoms of cold such as sneezing, runny eyes and heavy headed.

Ginger, Scallion and Sojae Tea/Congee (7014)

Treat wind-cold symptoms of cold/flu or allergy with sneezing

Prevent Wind Cold Allergy Congee (7015)

Treat sneezing and watery nose due to allergy to cold weather.

Burdock Seeds and Mulberry Leaf Congee (7016)

Treat wind heat syndrome of common cold and flu, cough with yellowish phlegm, strong fever and a mild chill

Chilly, Pepper and Tofu Stew (7017)

Treat early sign of cold with sneezing continuously in the morning accompanying by clear nasal mucus

Mulberry Root and Lohan Fruit Soup (7018)

Treat cough and dyspnea

Carrots, Water Chestnut and Pork Lung Soup (7019)

Treat weak lung with lingering cough

Winter Melon, Job’s tears and Dried Red Snail Soup (7020)

Cooling and diuretic to prevent excessive internal heat which can cause wind-heat cold syndrome

Astragulas, Ling-chi and Pork Soup (7021)

Strengthen blood, qi and constitution to prevent cold/flu

Tofu and Fish Tail Soup (7022)

Tofu and Fish Tail Soup

Green Dragon and White Tiger Soup (7023)

Treat wind heat type of flu with sore throat and dry cough, thick yellow sputum

Loofah and Apricot Kernal Soup (7024)

Treat prolong cough after cold/flu and with a lot of phlegm