How To Stop A Cold In Its Tracks

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Each winter, in my early teen years, I caught the most terrible colds.  Most of us know what it is to suffer the common cold: runny nose, sneezing incessantly, stuffy head, coughing, achy body, scratchy throat, no sense of taste or smell.  These colds lasted for 2 weeks and were miserable.  I dreaded them each winter because I knew they were bound to hit me; it was just one of those things I expected every cold season.  I did not know anything about natural remedies until my early 20’s, so my colds as a teenager were dealt with by using over the counter medications.

A few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, one of these old-fashioned colds hit me hard.  By Monday morning, I felt terrible – bad enough that I cancelled our school day.  I had flashbacks of the colds I had as a teenager that lingered for so long.  I wondered how fast my favorite immune herbs could help me feel better.  Was my cold gone in two weeks?  No….it was gone the next day!  

Here’s what I did:

I consumed 1 quart of Double E Immune Boosterthat’s it!

Double E Immune Booster is a mixture of herbs that I keep on hand.  If you’ve read much of what I’ve written in the past, you’ve probably seen me mention it a time or two.  It is a life-saver around our house!

Let’s look at the ingredients in this herbal mixture to understand why it works so well:

Contains Naturally Caffeine Free: 

Nettle Leaf – high source of vitamins and minerals, blood purifier
Peppermint Leaf – excellent for digestion, cleanses the body, adds flavor to the mixture
Echinacea Root – infection fighter, natural antibiotic, immune booster
Echinacea Tops – infection fighter, natural antibiotic, immune booster
Elderberries whole – immune booster
Eleuthero Root – improves energy levels, stimulates immune system
Rosehips – very high in vitamin C, fights infection

You can buy these herbs separately and combine in a container to use, or buy a mix from the Bulk Herb Store.  You can read more about Double E Immune Booster here!

After consuming a quart of this tea on Monday, I woke up Tuesday morning feeling great and back to my normal routine.  I had no runny nose, no congestion, no sneezing – nothing!  All of my cold symptoms completely stopped!  I was impressed!  I did take an immune booster a few times a day for the next few days to make sure the cold did not come back.  This time I chose to take elderberry syrup over the next few days because I have a lot of it on hand right now, but I could have taken colloidal silver, or continued taking the Double E, or some other immune booster.

To make this immune-boosting tea:
  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
  • Add 4-6 teaspoons of Double E Immune Booster {or your own combination} to water
  • Remove pan from heat
  • Cover with a lid
  • Steep for 20 minutes
  • Strain herbs from the liquid
  • Drink this tea throughout the day.  Make sure to finish it all before you go to bed.


Anytime I feel run-down or have a scratchy throat, I drink a quart of this tea.  I always feel so much better the next day.

*Note: If making this tea for a child, give them half the amount {2 cups} throughout the day.  I mix it with juice for my toddler, which makes her drink it right down!

How do you treat colds naturally?

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  1. says

    This is such a great post. I have been freaking out, because it’s (of course!)cold and flu season, and I can’t afford to miss work. Not only do I not want to get sick, because it’s miserable to run a fever, and such, but I also can’t afford to take the time off. But so many of my co workers are running fevers, and sneezing everywhere, and they are still coming to work! It’s made me feel very uneasy, and I wasn’t sure what to do at first. I can’t wait to give these ideas a try! Thanks for helping me stay healthy!

    Homeopathy Edmonton

  2. Katherine says

    If I were to make this immune-boosting tea myself, would I mix equal parts of each ingredient? Also, I don’t have any eleuthero root. How important is that to the recipe?
    Thank you.

    • says

      The Bulk Herb Store occasionally shares the recipe of one of their formulas, but they do not for this one, so I don’t know what amounts they use. If I were trying to put this together, I would personally do 2 parts nettle and peppermint, 1 part echinacea roots and tops, 1/2 part elderberry, and 1/4 part eleuthero and rosehips. So for instance, {depending on how much I wanted to make}, I would put 2 cups nettle, 2 cups peppermint, 1 cup echinacea roots, 1 cup echinacea tops, 1/2 cup elderberry, 1/4 cup eleuthero, 1/4 cup rosehips. This is just my opinion, but I’m sure it’s not their formula. 🙂 Eleuthero is great for the immune system, but it would still be effective without it.

      • Nikki H says

        I’m so glad you shared this! I have all the herbs on hand (with the exception of eleuthero) and was wondering how I might go about making my own tea mix. Thank you!!

  3. Heather says

    Tips for a nursing mama or pregnant? I have been told to avoid both peppermint (except in very small doses) and echinacea while nursing/pregnant.

    • says

      Hi, Heather! Never use peppermint oil before 4 months of pregnancy. I used it after that on occasion with no problems. I drink glasses of Mama’s Red Raspberry Tea ( during my whole pregnancy, which contains some peppermint. It might be best not to drink peppermint tea straight during the first trimester, but I have no problems with it being in a smaller amount in this tea mix. If a person has had a problem with miscarriage, it may be best to avoid peppermint altogether. I also take echinacea during pregnancy, nursing, and give it to infants if needed. I know some have offered caution, but there are no studies that show it is truly harmful, and I believe it is much safer than other medications that are prescribed to babies every day. It’s been used for hundreds of years safely. My naturopath recommends echinacea to babies- it’s just one of those herbs that you may find different opinions on. Some herbs are a definite no for pregnancies and infants, but echinacea is not one of those. 🙂 You can also safely use colloidal silver, elderberry, and garlic for colds and flu. I hope I’ve been able to help a little – these are of course just my experience and opinion. 🙂


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