Standard Legal Disclaimer: If this is a medical emergency, Call 911 immediately (USA Only). Always consult your Doctor BEFORE you: Take any medication(s), Exercise, Start or Stop any medical treatment or medicine, or do anything that can alter your health (mental or physical). This applies to the Tips and Information on this page below. That being said, here are a few things that many of us have used to get partial relief from Cold and Flu Symptoms. Sometimes we forget while sick, so here is a checklist of things that may help.

No CURE for the Common Cold yet...

​You CAN make it BETTER!

The Cold and Flu DO'S AND DON'TS

Rule #1 Don't get Sick in the first place: 

Keep Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes and potassium ("The Salty Drink" [see bottom for recipe]*, Sports Drinks, Pedialyte)

Wash hands regularly (if temporarily unable: avoid touching your face, or foods to be consumed)

Avoid unnecessary exposure to those with the Cold and Flu (family is still often necessary)

Have a Doctor approved exercise routine that you do regularly throughout the year

Don't take pollutants or poisons into you body (Nicotine, pesticides, etc.)

Do not over exert yourself (unless the situation requires)

Eat a well balanced diet (avoid fast food)

Avoid unnecessary Stress

Get plenty of REST

Rule #2 Don't spread it: 

Cough and/or Sneeze into your sleeve, tissue paper, shirt, etc. (Not into the air, on foods, or on others)

Wash your hands before touching Public Areas or Other People (like door knobs, light switches, etc.)

Stay at home when safe, responsible, and able to do so


Always DO THESE:

Consult your doctor before starting any medical treatment

Keep track of you vital signs (Blood Pressure, Temperature, etc.)

Contact you doctor if symptoms persist or get worse
Call 911 when you, or someone under your care, has a medical emergency (USA)

AVOID THESE (when medically possible):

Avoid drinking Alcohol, coffee, and other things that DE-Hydrate your body

Avoid Dairy and Acidic Foods that can create excessive need to cough up "stuff"

Avoid Excessively Cold temperatures

Avoid Excessively Hot Temperatures

Excessive Pressure while blowing your nose

Excessive Coughing

Straining of your eyes (reading small text font, watching a bright media device in the dark)

Staying Awake/up to late

Where it Hurts: 


Fresh Clean Air (not too cold) the air in the home should have a supply of fresh air

Saline Nasal/Sinus Rinse (Recipe Below)

Soft Quality Tissue Paper that contains Aloe or Lotions (if you are not allergic to them) Your nose with thank you.
Premixed Saline Nasal/Sinus Rinse or "Tea Pot" style (Follow directions of the manufacturer)

Rub a essential oil, like Eucalyptus Oil, in your hands and breath in (if you are not allergic to them)
Breathing strips (on the nose)

a Vapor rub

Nasal/Sinus AND Throat:

Steamy Shower

Brush Your Teeth

Humidifier or Dehumidifier (Depending on the moisture content of the air and your body's need)

Expectorants (these help to loosen phlegm)

a Vapor rub


Gargling Distilled water containing diluted sterilized iodine salt (Warning: Do NOT if unsafe or difficult to gargle)

Avoid raising your voice (yes even during sporting events)

Hot/Warm beverages (example: triple ecenatia tea)

Cough drops / Lozenges
Throat Spray


Steamy shower

Eye Drops

Head/Neck and Body:

Rest/Sleep (Possibly Elevated)

Change Bedding (sheets and pillowcases)

Heating Pad or Ice Pack

Antibiotic ointment on dry or cracked skin (Like Lips)

Detox Bath (1/2 cup of each of the following: Epsom Salt, Sea Salt, and Baking Soda)



You Could Also Try:


Garlic (Liquid Pill Form)

Hot Tottie

Apple Cider Vinegar

Use an Air purification / sanitizing device (HEPA-filter and/or Ultraviolet Light purifier)

"The Salty Drink" Recipe - 

1 Liter of Water (5 Cups)

1 Level Teaspoon Table Salt

8 Level Teaspoons of Sugar

Nasal/Sinus Rinse Recipe:

8 Ounces of lukewarm water* (one cup)

1 Teaspoon iodine-free salt,

1/4 Teaspoon baking soda

*Water (distilled water or boiled and then cooled to lukewarm)

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