(NaturalNews) Mainstream medicine tells us that there is little we can do for the common cold other than treat the symptoms and let the cold run its course. To some extent, a cold does have to run its course, but what many do not know is that nature offers remedies that can greatly speed recovery from a common cold as well as treat symptoms - and do so more effectively and more safely than mainstream medicines.
An almost sure fire way to help lessen symptoms and speed recovery of a cold is to take a combination of colloidal silver and some of nature's best cold fighters: echinacea, vitamin C, zinc, olive leaf extract and garlic.
Take plentiful amounts of vitamin C (up to 1,000 mg of vitamin C an hour for the first 6 hours and then up to 1000 mg three times daily thereafter) and one to three cloves of freshly minced garlic that has been allowed to sit for 15 minutes, along with the amounts specified on the product labels for olive leaf extract and zinc. Take plenty of echinacea - at least three to four times the amount on the label. It is best to have the echinacea in extract form so you can gargle with it too, as echinacea has antiseptic qualities and soothing qualities that can help with the sore throat when gargled and swallowed.
If there is any congestion or cough, nebulize with colloidal silver and lobelia (five parts colloidal silver to one part lobelia) several times daily.
In addition, get plenty of bed rest and drink plenty of liquids. Chicken noodle soup is a tried and true cold reliever and recent studies have attested to its effectiveness against the common cold. The above combo will usually help you beat a cold in only a few days - the sooner you get started the quicker the cold will be gone (which is true of any effective cold remedy).
Another remedy that is effective against the common cold:
Mix together the following ingredients:
* 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper * 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger * 1/4 teaspoon cloves * One tablespoon apple cider vinegar * One tablespoon honey (or to taste) * Two tablespoons water
Store the mixture in a small bottle and take three teaspoons whenever needed. Note: Use organic raw honey if at all possible. Manuka honey is the best of all.
Lastly, here is a Mexican-Apache cold cure as reported by the great granddaughter of Geronimo:
"My father, Crisosto Pena, a Mexican Apache, believed that chili could cure anything. He said that it was packed full of vitamins and therefore a cure-all, especially for colds.
"One day he returned from work and found his wife and five children in bed with the flu. He felt so bad for them that he took out the bag of hot chili pods and soaked them in hot water for 15 minutes. Then he put them into a grinder and ground them with the water they were soaked in. He gave each one of his family members a spoonful with a piece of tortilla. About an hour later the family was moving about. The children were out playing around, and his wife was cooking dinner.
"From that day on, I too believe that chili is a cure-all, especially for colds. As a preventive medicine, you can mix the chili with garlic and onions. It not only tastes good, but also keeps colds away."
Told by I.M. Crisosto Pena, daughter of Crisosto Pena, and great great granddaughter of Geronimo.
Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group "S.A N.E.Vax. Inc" which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers. Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".