Monday, February 10, 2014

How To Stop A Cold In Its Tracks

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Each winter, in my early teen years, I caught the most terrible colds.  Most of us know what it is to suffer the common cold: runny nose, sneezing incessantly, stuffy head, coughing, achy body, scratchy throat, no sense of taste or smell.  These colds lasted for 2 weeks and were miserable.  I dreaded them each winter because I knew they were bound to hit me; it was just one of those things I expected every cold season.  I did not know anything about natural remedies until my early 20's, so my colds as a teenager were dealt with by using over the counter medications.

A few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, one of these old-fashioned colds hit me hard.  By Monday morning, I felt terrible - bad enough that I cancelled our school day.  I had flashbacks of the colds I had as a teenager that lingered for so long.  I wondered how fast my favorite immune herbs could help me feel better.  Was my cold gone in two weeks? was gone the next day!  

Here's what I did:

I consumed 1 quart of Double E Immune Booster - that's it!

Double E Immune Booster is a mixture of herbs that I keep on hand.  If you've read much of what I've written in the past, you've probably seen me mention it a time or two.  It is a life-saver around our house!

Let's look at the ingredients in this herbal mixture to understand why it works so well:

Contains Naturally Caffeine Free: 

Nettle Leaf - high source of vitamins and minerals, blood purifier
Peppermint Leaf - excellent for digestion, cleanses the body, adds flavor to the mixture
Echinacea Root - infection fighter, natural antibiotic, immune booster
Echinacea Tops - infection fighter, natural antibiotic, immune booster
Elderberries whole - immune booster
Eleuthero Root - improves energy levels, stimulates immune system
Rosehips - very high in vitamin C, fights infection

After consuming a quart of this tea on Monday, I woke up Tuesday morning feeling great and back to my normal routine.  I had no runny nose, no congestion, no sneezing - nothing!  All of my cold symptoms completely stopped!  I was impressed!  I did take an immune booster a few times a day for the next few days to make sure the cold did not come back.  This time I chose to take elderberry syrup over the next few days because I have a lot of it on hand right now, but I could have taken colloidal silver, or continued taking the Double E, or some other immune booster.

To make this immune-boosting tea:

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
  • Add 4-6 teaspoons of Double E Immune Booster to water
  • Remove pan from heat
  • Cover with a lid
  • Steep for 20 minutes
  • Strain herbs from the liquid 
  • Drink this tea throughout the day.  Make sure to finish it all before you go to bed.

Anytime I feel run-down or have a scratchy throat, I drink a quart of this tea.  I always feel so much better the next day.  

*Note: If making this tea for a child, give them half the amount {2 cups} throughout the day.  I mix it with juice for my toddler, which makes her drink it right down!

You can read more about Double E Immune Booster here!

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  1. This is a great post! I use lots of herbs and natural remedies and love them. Thank you for posting. :)

  2. This is such a great post. I have been freaking out, because it's (of course!)cold and flu season, and I can't afford to miss work. Not only do I not want to get sick, because it's miserable to run a fever, and such, but I also can't afford to take the time off. But so many of my co workers are running fevers, and sneezing everywhere, and they are still coming to work! It's made me feel very uneasy, and I wasn't sure what to do at first. I can't wait to give these ideas a try! Thanks for helping me stay healthy!

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  3. Hello Jill, this is a really good and I am sure potent herb mixture. I had a cold that was starting last week, and I did elderberry and my cinnamon honey mixture and I awoke with no symptoms.Blessings, Roxy

    1. We love elderberry! We eat cinnamon and honey on our toast - a delicious combination. I love it when taking medicine tastes GOOD! Thanks for sharing your experience, Roxy! :)

  4. I'm stopping by from the Wednesday Link Party. This is great. I love that there are some natural ways to remedy our illnesses.


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