Thursday, November 11, 2010

Natural Cold Remedies

Many of us spend billions on natural cold and flu supplements, but are they worth it? Here are the most popular cold and flu fighters.

Echinacea. - If you want to get the most out of this herb, preparation is the key. About 15 drops of an echinacea tincture mixed with warm water a few times a day seems to fend off colds better than the pills do.

Goldenseal. - According to Dr. Leopold for Integrative Medicine, there's a little evidence that goldenseal works, but it isn't harmful as long as you're not allergic to it.

Ginseng. - It reduces the severity and duration of symptoms and appeared to prevent colds when taken every day, according to researchers. It is also touted as an energy and overall-health booster.

Nasal rinsing. - Daily rinsing seems to be an effective cold-stopper. A certain study found out that kids whose nasal passages were rinsed often with saline was had fewer symptoms and recurrences.