3 of The Best Natural Remedies for the Common Cold & Flu

It happens, even if you do everything right, sometimes colds happen. Before you reach for an over the counter drug, there are many natural cold care remedies available at your health store that can not only beat your cold but also provide your immune system with the vitamins it needs to recharge quickly from the attack.

Before you pick up any natural cough syrup it’s important to pick one with an active ingredient that treats your symptoms. Here are a few of the active ingredients in natural cough syrups and what that treat.

Elderberry Benefits: The Natural Cold and Flu Remedy


Evidence was found showing that elderberry may have been cultivated by prehistoric man. Dating back to ancient Egyptians and Hippocrates, elderberry was coined, “the medicine chest”. With high levels of antioxidants and immunostimulant, elderberry Has to ability to cure colds and boost your immune systems. Elderberry is great for treating:

  • Common cold/flu symptoms

  • Sinus infections

  • Constipation


Thyme syrup is antibacterial, anti-fungal and spasmolytic, helping it to fight the agents that cause bronchitis and helps to quell a spasmodic cough. It is also an expectorant and can help eliminate accumulated mucus in the body. Licorice root is known as a demulcent (it can sooth damaged or inflamed tissue caused by dry, rough coughs) and an expectorant as well. These two are excellent for treating:

  • Respiratory issues

  • Bronchitis cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Mucus build up

Benefits of Manuka Honey


Methylglyoxal within Manuka Honey has special antibacterial effects which help alleviate the cause of a range of cold and flu symptoms. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe a sore throat and cough, while the methylglyoxal goes to work. It is recommended that a minimum of MGO 250+ is present for cold and flu treatment. Manuka Honey is great for treating

  • Cold/flu symptoms

  • Dry cough

  • Bronchitis cough

  • Sore/irate throat

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