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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