Quick Relief

If you are already sick and wondering what is the quickest way to get rid of a cold, or you just need relief on cold symptoms, you may find quick relief methods on this page useful.

Megadose of vitamin C:

At first signs of common cold (or flu), start taking at least 8000mg of vitamin C as ascorbic acid every twenty minutes. Take this dose for 3 to 4 hours until bowel tolerance (=loose stool, just short of diarrhea) is reached. After this continue with smaller doses of 2000-4000 milligrams every 4-6 hours for ten days to prevent recurrence.


Vitamin C nasal spray:

If you have low bowel tolerance or stomach upset from oral ascorbic acid, you may benefit from the nasal spray. At the onset of a cold, mix approximately 3100mg (about one teaspoon) sodium ascorbate or ascorbic acid crystals in 100 milliliters water or saline. Amount of water should be just enough to dissolve all the vitamin. You can then use either dropper (place 20 drops in each nostril) or sterile nasal spray device (apply several fine sprays to each nostril) for dosing. Repeat often, at least every 30 minutes for several hours and then once per 24 hours after all the symptoms are gone.

Read more about vitamin C as a cold remedy in here.


Avoid sugar:

There is evidence showing that sugar impairs the immune system by reducing killer cell activity in your body.


Drink plenty:

Drink plenty of water, herbal tea or vegetable juice in order to hydrate the respiratory tract. Minimize the use of fruit juices which contain sugars that can cripple immune function.


Eat warming food:

Eat warming and nourishing foods such as homemade chicken soup or broth (see more info linkki). Use warming spices like garlic, ginger and cayenne for seasoning.


Avoid dairy

Avoid mucus forming foods like dairy as they can worsen clogged sinuses.


Salt water gargle:

If you have a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water at least three times a day to alleviate the pain. You can also use tea tree oil which is a natural antiseptic by adding 3-6 drops of pure tea tree oil to warm water and gargle for a minute.


The Chinese Cure:

Get fresh ginger and the orange rind from one orange (use preferably organic). Cut the ginger in small pieces and mash them down with the side of a large knife. Bring water to a low boil in a small pot and add the ginger. After 20 minutes, add the orange rind and boil for another 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy. Use honey to help with the strong taste.



Sleep as much as possible. If you cannot sleep, still lie down as much as possible (read a book or watch TV). The key is to consume as little energy as possible so that your body can concentrate on getting well.



Mix teaspoonful of fresh turmeric powder in warm milk and drink it in short intervals.

Read more about turmeric in here.


Coriander seeds:

Take approx. 200 grams of coriander seeds and mix it with jiggery until you get a fine paste. Then add some water in it and bring it to a boil. Inhale the vapors of this mixture at least four times a day.


Hydrogen Peroxide:

At first sign of symptoms of common cold (or flu) lie down on your side and apply few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into your ear. There will be some bubbling and in some cases mild stinging occurs. Wait for about 5 to 10 minutes until bubbling subside and then drain onto tissue and repeat other ear. This method is perfectly safe also for infants and children, but the loud bubbling and stinging might frighten them. (Don’t get H2O2 into eyes. If you do, flush immediately with water.)


Black pepper curd:

Prepare a powdered mixture of black pepper and mix it with curd. Add some jiggery or honey to this mixture. Eat once in the morning and once in the evening.


Use a neti pot to cleanse your sinuses

Use this ancient yogic practice of nasal washing with neti pot to cleanse your nasal passages with salt water. Cleansing your sinuses relieves symptoms associated with colds, flu, sinus infections, nasal dryness, allergies and other sinus irritations. It can also reduce swelling of the nasal membranes.

Extra tip: Try dissolving small amount of good quality manuka honey into your neti pot saline, it might do wonders.


Rid of nasal congestion

Wondering how to get rid of a stuffy nose? Check this site for some great tips.


Rid of sore throat

Mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and honey and take one tablespoon every 3 to 4 hours

Dissolve 1/2 teaspoons of powdered licorice root and one teaspoon of honey into one cup of hot water, drink


Honey cough remedies

To reduce coughs prepare a drink by mixing equal amount of honey and lemon grass juice

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons water and drink

Boil small amount of water with 1 tablespoon of oregano and 2 garlic gloves. Pour into a cup and and add 1 tablespoon of honey. Drink.

More about honey as a cold remedy.


Cold remedy tea

Grate roughly one-inch piece of fresh ginger root and put it in the thermos. Add roughly 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of honey. Pour two cups of boiling water in the thermos, cover and let it sit for 20 minutes. Strain into a tea cup and enjoy.


Ginger cold remedy

Peel and slice nice piece of fresh ginger and place in a glass jar. Add two parts of water, one part of apple cider vinegar and couple of tablespoons of honey (manuka honey preferred). Store in a fridge. Use ginger slices as a snack to prevent or treat a common cold.