We have one last installment for your at home medicine cabinet and we are uncovering the 11 best herbal remedies.

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1. Echinacea
This is one of the most popular Native American medicinal plants. The studies that demonstrated the best effect at shortening the length of a cold occurred when you drink two to three cups of Echinacea tea per day starting on the first or second day of your cold.

2. Ginseng and Andrographis
Ginseng is a tuber plant and Andrographis is a plant native to South Asia. Double-blind studies have demonstrated that specific Siberian ginseng and andrographis reduce the length and severity of colds when you take it within 72 hours of the start of your symptoms.

3. Pelargonium Sidoides
Research has demonstrated that this obscure herb can reduce the severity and length of the common cold. Scientists theorize that the herb up-regulates the cytokines in protecting host cells from viral invaders.

4. Raw Garlic
Despite a report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that there is little evidence garlic has an effect on the common cold, some studies have found that raw garlic can prevent colds and reduce the severity of the cold you already have. Test this for yourself at home (be sure to crush the garlic cloves before eating to release their active medicinal properties).

5. Oil of Oregano
This concentrated oil of the oregano plant has potent antibacterial and antiviral effects. In one study, researchers found when in spray form in combination with four other aromatic plants it could immediately reduce the side effects of a cold. This treatment was no longer effective after three days of use. Oil of oregano should not be used by children, women who are pregnant or nursing or who plan to become pregnant.

6. Licorice Root
Licorice root is a traditional herbal remedy to treat colds and upper respiratory infections.

7. Olive Leaf Extract
Widely known as non-toxic immune system support, there is not sufficient evidence to suggest olive leaf extract will reduce the length or severity of your current cold. A few studies have demonstrated its effectiveness at reducing the infectivity of the virus and reducing the inflammatory response in the body.

8. Herbal Tea
Herbal teas from Goldenseal, elderberry, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint, and ginger may help support your immune system, soothe a sore throat, and shorten your cold by up to one or two days.

9. Curcumin
This is a powerful antioxidant that lowers the levels of two enzymes that cause inflammation. There is evidence that curcumin fights the cold virus in the test tube. Further, it supports the immune system and is effective in the prevention and treatment of several other diseases.

10. Propolis
This is a substance collected by bees from leaf buds and tree bark. This extract may be helpful in the reduction of the length and severity of your cold. Some clinical trials have reported a reduced number of upper respiratory infections and a reduction in the length of the viral illness.

11. White Willow
The use of willow bark dates to the time of Hippocrates when people were advised to chew on the bark of the tree to reduce pain and fever. The chemical properties of the bark are like aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Pain and fever relief comes more slowly than aspirin but lasts longer. This is a symptom reliever and will not change the length of your cold.

This information pertains specifically to colds and natural alternatives to cold/flu medication, but don’t forget to arm yourself with the knowledge you need for ANY other type of medication or vaccinations!

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