Some Herbal, Home Remedies Could Help You Beat That Cold

Chelsea Wade
January 11, 2019 - 9:01 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - When you're sick, you'll do almost anything to get rid of it, but some doctors say you should head for the produce aisle, instead of the pharmacy.

"Go for the fragrant stuff, like garlic, rosemary or thyme," said Dr. Megan Purdy with the Holistic Health Center of Dallas. "I call them the pizza herbs. They are antimicrobial, easy to find and affordable."

Elderberry and Elderflower are other alternatives to over-the-counter medications. "They're some of the greatest natural powerhouses in the herbal world," said Dr. Purdy.

If you prefer a pill, she recommends EHB by Integrative Theraputics. "I don't get paid by them, but it's a good supplement. It's got Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea and garlic. It's great because you don't actually have to smell like garlic. You can swallow it in a capsule form. It's got things that will help you feel better instantly and decrease inflammation, and it can also help you knock out that cold," said Dr. Purdy.

She adds that common colds and the flu, typically, have to run their courses. "Viral infections are the majority of the colds we see, including the flu. There's not a whole lot we can do medicinally to knock out viral infections quickly. If you go to the doctor, they're just going to tell you to rest."

Here's a few more things she recommends:

1. "Garlic tea." Dr. Purdy swears by it. Steep a few garlic cloves in some hot water and squeeze some lemon juice in it. She said think of it as a soup rather than a hot tea. (Warning: it will make your breath stink.)

2. Pineapple juice, instead of orange juice. Pineapple juice is packed with Vitamin C and Bromelain which helps break up the mucus. Dr. Purdy says don't drink too much. All of that sugar in fruit juices can make some problems worse.

3. Up your Vitamin D and Zinc intake. She said the immune system partly runs on Vitamin D.

4. Limit your dairy consumption because it can cause you to produce more mucus.

5. There’s no alternative to the stuff your parents taught you: wash your hands, get rest and eat your veggies.

*As always, you should talk to your doctor first.