is sometimes mistaken for a cold and vice versa.
What is the difference between a cold and the
Many people are not clear on exactly what the differences are.
and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses.
Because they both have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them, based on symptoms alone.
is much worse than the common cold, even though a person can experience some rough times fighting a bad cold.
Symptoms of fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually much milder than the flu.
People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds don’t usually result in serious health problems, like pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.
Colds and flu have many of the same symptoms, and it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based only on symptoms.
Home remedies for flu may include:
Echinacea was one of the antimicrobial herbs used as a medicine from the mid 19th century through the early 20th century, and its use was documented for snakebites, anthrax, and pain relief.
Echinacea has been used by America Indians for hundreds of years.
If you decide to use echinacea, make sure you use only fresh. Watered down or too old herbs won’t work.
Echinacea originally was found mostly on the North America Plains, but now, several species are found on most continents.
Echinacea increases levels of “properdin,” a chemical which activates the part of the immune system responsible for increasing defense mechanisms against virus and bacteria.
Its anti-bacterial properties make it a good herb for treating many viral and bacterial infections. It’s also an excellent blood cleanser, by helping to sweep dead cells through the lymphatic system, and sends white blood cells to fight the infection.
You can test the strength of echinacea using the tongue test. After you take the tincture, the back of your tongue should feel “numb or tingly.” This is how you’ll know if you’re using a good quality product. When you suspect or feel the cold coming on, start taking echinacea tincture. Try to take echinacea before the full onset of a cold or flu fully appears, for the best chance of a quick recovery.
Garlic and Ginger are also great flu fighters:
Garlic has been used for centuries. With a distinctive taste and smell, the healing properties of garlic was even used by the ancient Egyptians.
The Romans fed it to their soldiers before battle, for it’s strengthening powers.
Healing traditions have recognized garlic as a natural “wonder drug” for thousands of years. Researchers now believe garlic may prevent and even reverse high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, as well as a host of other serious health problems.
In recent studies, garlic was proven just as effective as the leading cholesterol reducing drug, in lowering cholesterol levels. (With no side effects)
Some of the benefits of garlic include:
Boost immune system
Resist colds and flus
Helps prevent cancer
Lower cholesterol levels
Reverse high blood pressure
Garlic contains several helpful compounds, including “allicin,” one of the plant kingdom’s most potent antibiotics. Garlic combines well with echinacea to make a strong combination against infections.
Clinical trials of garlic showed that it lowers both cholesterol and blood pressure, two important risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Conventional drugs for these health issues cause side effects like dry mouth, insomnia, drowsiness, depression, and impotence.
Onion is a close relative of garlic, and also has similar antiviral chemical properties . Use onions and leeks in your food when you have a cold or are exposed to people who do.
Ginger as another flu fighter:
Ginger is another great antiviral herb. Ginger has nearly a dozen antiviral compounds. It’s very effective as a pain reliever, antiseptic and antioxidant.
It has properties that are valuable in preventing and treating colds, flu sore throats and inflammation of mucus membranes.
Not only does ginger reduce pain and fever, but it also has a mild sedative effect which helps a person get much needed rest.
And finally, it tastes good! Drink it in a tea, take it as a tincture or add it in your food. Make a fruit smoothy and add some ginger.
Author: Steve Berchtold