Fighting The Common Cold With Preventative And Natural Remedies

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Bugs have been in and out of our house since early fall, but such is life when you have a kiddo in school bringing home the germs he’s been exposed to. While the colds are inevitable and sometimes catch us off guard despite preventative measures, how we manage them makes a difference.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to prevent and soothe cold symptoms.


1. Keep up with the weather and dress accordingly. Fall can be a doozy filled with unpredictable weather. One day, it could be warm enough for hoodies, then cold enough for Eskimo coats the next. This is what I refer to as pneumonia weather. Bundle up, folks and take no chances!

2. Sanitize hands and items/surfaces that come in contact with the public. With all of the bugs going around, it’s so important to sanitize hands and anything numerous people have come in contact with… especially shopping carts. Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant and can be added to water and hand soap to sanitize.

3. Start natural remedies just in case. If you’ve come in contact with someone who is sick or if you think you MAY be coming down with something, start remedies to nip any bugs in the bud. If I feel the slightest tickle in my throat, I have some echinacea tea on the spot.

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1. Eat and drink warm liquids. Not only is staying hydrated important while feeling ill, but warm liquids help soothe a sore throat and fight bacteria. Chicken soup with lots of onions and garlic are ideal as well as hot tea with echinacea, ginger, lemon and honey.

2. Breath in steam. Steam helps soothe a stuffy nose and as well as loosen mucous. When the kids were babies, I would run the shower on hot for 15 minutes and it instantly helped loosen mucous, making it easy to remove using the nose aspirator. I also like to diffuse Eucalyptus oils to open our nasal passages.

3. Take natural cough suppressants. I  prefer to use natural cough syrups whenever the kids are sick and appreciate brands who provide natural cold remedies for our family. CVS recently introduced Live Better, their line of simple solutions to help us heal naturally.

I love the Live Better children’s cough syrup because all three of the kiddos can take it and of course  it’s free of artificial preservatives, dyes, and flavors. The key ingredients are dark honey, vitamin c, and zinc which fight free radicals and support immunity.

CVS Live Better has some great stuff for us adults, too! They offer a daytime cough syrup with the same active ingredients as the children’s cough syrup. They also have an Immunity Plus Melatonin supplement that give supports the immune system and sound sleep. This is one of those remedies that I’d reach for as soon as I feel a tickle to give myself a little boost and make sure that I rest well. Bugs thrive in tired bodies and we don’t want any of that.

These are some of the ways we nurse ourselves back to health naturally. We’re happy to add Live Better to our medicine cabinet for when the next bug strikes.

What are some of your favorite tried and true natural remedies?

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • D. Durand Worthey January 5, 2018 at 9:20 PM

    Great advice from beginning to end!You stay bringing the good stuff. Much appreciated!

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  • Cyn Gagen December 13, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    These are great tips! I’ve never seen this brand of cough syrup before but I’ll be looking for it.

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  • Tim B December 13, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Ugh I don’t mind winter weather but hate the cold and flu aspect of the season. Good ideas for staying healthy!

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  • The Cubicle Chick December 13, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    I drink lots of fluids and there is nothing like chicken noodle soup to keep the drips away. I love tea as well with added peppermint.

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  • Lynndee December 13, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    I prefer to use natural cough syrups too when my son is sick. I have never heard of this brand from CVS though. Will have to check it out.

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  • sara lafountain December 13, 2017 at 5:09 AM

    I really think that chicken soup can heal us when we are sick! I am constantly surprised at how much it helps us feel better.

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  • Lynsey December 13, 2017 at 12:37 AM

    I love these ideas and that’s some great advice, I’ll be trying out the medication you suggested with my kids!

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  • Ada December 12, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    I always have some chicken noodle soup when I’m feeling under the weather. It definitely helps me feel better. These are all wonderful tips!

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  • Leah December 12, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    I haven’t heard of this brand. It sounds good to have around.

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  • steph parrell December 12, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    I have not used this before but I think anything will help. I am dying with a cold right now.

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  • Kathy December 12, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    It’s certainly that time of year now. I know I feel like I’m getting a cold already. My girls just got over the stomach bug, which has been going around here lately. Sounds like these products would be great to have on hand.

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  • Marysa December 12, 2017 at 7:17 AM

    I haven’t heard of the Live Better brand. We like to use natural products as much as possible, so it is nice to have some options. I’ll have to check these out and stock up on a few so that we can be prepared.

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  • Lisa Favre December 12, 2017 at 6:22 AM

    Oh my goodness, I feel like our entire family’s been sick for this whole month. The cold just keeps on rotating and we just hope to be sniffle-free for the holidays!

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  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place December 12, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    This season can take a toll on our health and it’s better to be prepared. Honestly, being able to prevent it is so much better! These are all worth checking out!

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  • Chubskulit Rose December 12, 2017 at 5:07 AM

    My son has sniffles for the last couple of days so I made him ginger tea and he got better. Having lots of fluids really helps in staying healthy, it works for me.

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  • Ricci December 12, 2017 at 4:21 AM

    I wirk full time in the health field and I can’t preach enough about prevention!! Washing your hands is such a small yet effective way to prevent most illnesses!

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  • Victoria Heckstall December 12, 2017 at 1:27 AM

    Flu, cough,and cold are common during this kind of season. So it is important to prevent it and protect ourselves. That is such a nice advice!

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  • Joely Smith December 11, 2017 at 9:21 PM

    Well considering I agree with everything else on your list and you seem to like the more natural route like me I have to give Live Better products a try this year. Thanks for the heads up about them!

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  • Bill Sweeney December 11, 2017 at 8:24 PM

    Natural remedies are the way to go. It’s better to be proactive and have things on hand. We may go the natural route this year.

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  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh December 11, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    These are great tips. I feel like I may be coming down with something. Ugh. I have already started working on natural remedies..Lot’s of essential oils.

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  • Jeanette December 11, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    I am always looking for the natural way to get better if I can. These are some great ideas! My favorite natural remedy is tea with honey in it.

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  • Sarah Bailey December 11, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    What some great sounding ideas, I am going to have to look into echinacea tea that isn’t something I have heard of before – but I am all for natural ideas.

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  • Danielle December 11, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    These are great tips! Cold and flu season can be a beast. It’s important that we do whatever we can to protect ourselves from it.

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  • Stacie December 11, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    I drink lots of fluids and take plenty of vitamin C during cold and flu season. I don’t want to get ALL the creeping cruds that make their way around my neighborhood.

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