Of all infectious diseases, the germs that cause the common cold or Rhinovirus, is the most prevalent.

Poor nutrition, stress, lack of sleep and physical exercise compromise the immune system, leading to lowered resistance and a physical state of congestion or stagnation.

There are a variety of herbal remedies for the common cold that can assist the body by bolstering the immune system, however for these to be truly effective, a commitment to a healthier lifestyle is required.

A person whose lifestyle fits this description is more vulnerable to the germs which lead to seasonal head colds, earache, sore throats and bronchitis. Although the symptoms of rhinovirus and influenza are similar, the difference between them is that the rhinovirus is centered on the nose and the flu affects the entire body. These herbs for the common cold can be used to treat both effectively.

As the winter seasons, our bodies instinctively begin to prepare for the change. It condenses wastes, clears congestion from our tissues so that the body can function properly throughout the climate change. Many times this cleansing process mimics the rhinovirus or influenza. In holistic medicine practice, this process detoxifies the body and herbal cold remedies provide support to the body as it moves through this cycle without extreme discomfort.

Commonly Prescribed Natural Herbs for Rhinovirus (Common Cold)

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra L.)

As one of the widely used herbs for the common cold, influenza and upper respiratory infections, it has been proven to be effective in the treatment of all strains of the influenza virus. This herbal cold remedy contains the enzyme neuraminidase, which protects the cell membranes from being penetrated by the virus and is most effective when used in syrup form or in lozenges.

Lomatium Root (Lomatium dissecutim)

Also known as wild parsley, it has a long history of use as an herbal cold remedy. The root and leaves of this herb are used; the oil extract has demonstrated outstanding anti-viral effectiveness against all 62 strains of bacteria; equivalent to penicillin at the same strength.

Black-Eyed Susan Root (Rudbeckia hirta)

The Native Americans used the root and leaves of this flower as an herbal cold remedy for its virus-fighting capabilities. Research shows that this herb contains more potent immune system stimulators than Echinacea.
Note: Use only the root and leaves of this herb, the seeds of this plant are poisonous.

Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis)

As a herb for the common cold, this Chinese medicinal herb is used as anti-viral medicine. The dried berry of schizandra like astragalus and ligusticum is used for their properties as an adaptogen and its restorative qualities on the immune system.

Isatidis (Isatis tinctora)

The root and leaves contain some of the strongest anti-viral properties of all the Chinese herbs for the common cold and fever conditions, yet it is well tolerated by children. It cools the blood and has excellent anti-bacterial properties.

Cinchona Bark (Cinchona officinalis)

The natural source of quinine, this herbal remedy for the common cold contains over 20 active compounds that work as anti-viral agents.

Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)

Also known as baikal skullcap, the root of this herb is used in Chinese medicine to treat flu and other respiratory infections. This herbal cold remedy has a broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity it contains baicalin that effectively suppresses flu viruses.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Nature has provided us with this potent herbal cold remedy. Garlic contains Allicin, one of the strongest herbal antibiotics. It has powerful strength for fighting infections of all types.

The anti-bacterial properties have been proven against E. coli, Bacillus and Salmonella typhi, in addition to different forms of Staph and Strep germs.

To obtain the maximum benefit from this herb for the common cold, it should be taken raw as a food or fresh-pressed juice.

Other natural herbs that have been used for common cold.

Thordur Sturluson
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Thordur Sturluson

A biologist, zoologist, scuba-diver, blogger and aspiring herbalist with interest in nature conservation, animal protection, herbal medicine and medicinal plants.
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