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Common Cold Treatment Tips for Travelers

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Updated February 22, 2016

‘Tis the season for common cold treatment tips . . . 

. . . and just in time, because I woke up with a whopper of a head cold this morning!  

So, I pulled out my trusty all-natural, gluten-free “head cold eradication” kit.  


Here is my personalized common cold treatment:


Drink 4 ounces organic orange juice 3 to 4 times per day.

Drink Gypsy Cold Care herbal tea by Traditional Medicinals, steeped with 3 to 4 whole organic rosehips, 3 times per day.

Take 500-600 mg. of Lysine, 3 times per day.

Take one tablet of the homeopathic remedy, Coldcalm by Boiron, 3 times per day, or as needed to control uncomfortable symptoms.

Gargle with salt water 3 times per day to heal the sore throat.

Since toasty warmth chases away “cold” (yinyang); I wear a turtle neck sweater, or wrap a silk scarf around my neck and throat, to ward off any chill that makes my sore throat worse.

Then, I bundle up in a soft polar fleece jacket or robe for the day.

During this time, I rest.  Abby, my tortoise shell kitty plays nurse and we cozy up together under a soft blanket in a comfortable chair by the fire while I write the next article or story for one of my websites.  

Today, it’s this article about cold remedies.

I enjoy a hot bowl of homemade chicken soup for lunch and a dinner made of roasted meats and vegetables seasoned with “warm” spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, ground peppers or chiles. Snack is a small bowl of warmed apple pie spiced applesauce.

At bedtime, I make a hot toddy, with ½ shot of Jim Beam Bourbon (it is gluten-free) a medium slice of fresh organic lemon, 1 teaspoon honey and fill the balance of the cup with boiling water.

Before I get into bed for the night I turn on an electric blanket  to warm my sheets (I travel with one when I'm on the road).

I apply Badger Winter Wonder Balm aromatic chest rub to the bottoms of both feet and put on a pair of fuzzy microfiber bed-socks; the balm helps “pull” the cold from my head.  

Then, I turn off the electric blanket and crawl into a nice warm bed and drop off to sleep.

By the next morning, after a good night’s sleep, I’m usually well on my way to feeling better, and by the third morning, that head cold is usually gone and I’m back to normal activity.



While this cold remedy routine works for me, it doesn’t work for everyone.  


My husband’s all-natural common cold treatment is different.  He uses corn-free ingredients to treat a cold.

Drink 6 ounces cherry juice 3 to 4 times per day.

Drink 1 to 3 packets Southern Ban Lan Gen Chong Ji, a Chinese herbal tea.

Take 750 mg. black cherry fruit powder, 3 to 4 times per day.

Take 1 Bee Caps by Nature Cure, 2 to 3 times per day.

Take 5000 mg Vitamin D-3 per day.

Take 1 tablet of the homeopathic remedy, Coldcalm by Boiron, 3 times per day, or as needed to control uncomfortable symptoms.

Take 1 Antronex™ by Standard Process (available through his naturopathic physician) per day to control congestion.

His hot toddy is made with potato vodka instead of bourbon, and a slice of fresh organic orange or lime as he is allergic to lemon.


Cold Treatment Kits


We keep our personalized cold remedies in shoe boxes on the back of the highest shelf in our pantry and pull them out as needed.

When we travel during the season of cold symptoms, we pack a smaller version of our “common cold treatment” kits into TSA approved plastic zip bags and keep them with us in a carryon backpack or tote.  These “common cold treatment” travel kits go with us on the airplane, in our car when on a road trip, or in our travel trailer when we go camping.

These common cold treatments put the cold virus on notice!

Now, it's your turn . . . 

. . . Develop your own personalized cold treatment travel kit to help minimize the impact of a head cold so you can enjoy road-tripping to your next dream destination without missing a beat!





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