The sickness season is here again! Not to worry though. If you catch a cold or flu at the onset (the first 12-24 hours), you can stop it in its tracks! This will be a short post because the solution is so simple!
If you don’t know what homeopathy is, check out my post, “Homeopathy: What it is and How it Changed my Life”. If you are wondering why you should abandon the typical cold and flu medicines that are sold over-the-counter (OTC), let me enlighten you.
Why Use Homeopathy Instead of OTC meds for Your Cold or Flu?
Homeopathy is the second most used medicine in the WORLD (behind TCM). It is:
- has no side effects
- is not suppressive
- assists your body to make the appropriate corrections to rebalance
OTC nasal decongestant meds come with side effects, some of which are dangerous! They include:
- Local irritation
- Rebound congestion (Rhinitis medicamentosa)
- High blood pressure
- Fast heartbeat
- Is suppressive and therefore can drive the pathology deeper
Looking at this list makes it pretty clear to me that it is not worth the risk to your health or the health of a loved one to use these medicines. Especially when there is a much better option!!
How to stop a cold with homeopathy
The Banerji’s use the remedy combination of Aconitum napellus 200 mixed with Bryonia alba 200 to stop a cold or flu. This is our favorite remedy combination by far! I always have a vial of this in my purse. Give it at the first couple of sneezes, or a bit of a scratchy throat, to stop a cold from ever getting started. It stops the flu as well! Whatever your usual sign is that a cold or flu is coming, be it a runny nose, foggy head, etc., take a dose of this remedy combination.
You can make it in a Preserved Wet Dose or a water dose, or you can simply put the pilluless (pellets) in your mouth at the same time.
- Take it every 3 hours that first day.
- As long as you wake up feeling fairly normal the next day, you can reduce the dose to twice a day for the next 2-3 days just to be sure you knock it out.
- You can give it to your family members to prevent them from getting sick. Just do twice a day for 2-3 days for those living with you who have not had any symptoms.
I missed the 12-24 hour window. Can I still stop a cold or flu with homeopathy?
It is still worth taking the Aconite/Bryonia combination even if you missed the window and your symptoms are progressing. Take it twice a day throughout your cold. It should lessen the cold symptoms because both remedies are excellent for colds and flus.
- Aconite is a great cough remedy! It is also wonderful for fevers that some on suddenly.
- Bryonia is excellent for moving a cold out of the chest (or preventing it from going there in the first place. It is also helpful for gastrointestinal ailments and muscular pains. This remedy is also a headache and migraine remedy for when the sufferer needs to lie perfectly still.
If you missed the window to stop a cold in its tracks, you may need to add in other remedies to address your particular cold or flu symptoms. This is a good reason to have a homeopathic kit like this one (my favorite) 0r this one on hand so you don’t have to go somewhere to get remedies or order them online and wait for their arrival
The remedies you need can be chosen by using a repertory (a book full of all the symptoms humans have ever suffered from.) There are free online repertories, or you can buy one so that you are prepared. Why do you need a book? Homeopathic remedies are chosen by specificity. For instance, if you have a cough, you need to know the adjectives describing that cough.
- with hoarseness
- with blood
You get the idea. Depending on the type of cough, you will choose a different remedy.
This is overwhelming, what if I can’t think straight to choose my remedies?
First, this is why you should spend a little time learning homeoapthy before you get sick! Now, I will get off my soapbox. Next, there are plenty of amazing combination remedies out there that can get you through a cold or a flu brilliantly! Here are some of my favorites:
- Cold Calm
- Cold Calm Baby
- Chestal Kids
- Chestal Adult
- Drosera Plex
- Umka Cold Care
- Umka Cold Care Kids
Can I use Herbal Support for Cold and Flus While I am Using Homeopathy?
Absolutely! There are several natural remedies that my family used to rely on before we found homeopathy. Generally, most of these are better as immune support throughout the season though, rather than helping alleviate symptoms during a cold or flu. Some of my favorites are:
- elderberry syrup
- kraut juice
- fermented garlic
- fire cider
- good ol’ hot water with lemon and honey
- bone broth
Have you used homeopathy to stop a cold or flu in its tracks? Let me know in the comments below.