Homeopathic common cold remedies

Discover natural solutions for your cold symptoms

Human kind has yet to develop a cure for the common cold, but it’s not for lack of trying. The viruses that cause the common cold are still largely mysterious to us, so our only course of action for now is to find ways to treat our symptoms. The drowsiness, sleep problems and other side effects of over the counter cold medications can be a deterrent for many, especially parents, so what other choices do you have? Homeopathic remedies for the common cold, while usually not scientifically proven, are an option that many turn to. 

Here we offer some of the most widely used homeopathic remedies for the common cold:

Allium Cepa

A homeopathic remedy used to treat common colds accompanied by headache and a runny nose with clear, thin discharge. Should be taken before meals usually three times daily, as directed by a homeopathic specialist.


The name of this homeopathic remedy stands for Arsenicum-iod Gelsemium Eupatorium and is a combination of treatments used to relieve a broad range of cold and flu symptoms.


One of the most popular cold and flu remedies in the homeopathic realm, Gelsemium is indicated for symptoms including persistant headache, chills, aching, sore throat and fatigue.

Nux Vomica

Another homeopathic cold and flu remedy for people with nasal decongestion accompanied by a runny nose and sneezing. It is indicated also for people suffering potential sinus infection symptoms such as sinus pressure or tooth pain.


Some homeopathic remedies include the essential mineral, zinc, because of its reported usefulness in relieving cold symptoms and potentially even decreasing the severity or duration of a cold. Zinc is a mineral we consume daily in many of the foods we eat, like eggs and meat. Increasing your zinc intake when you have a cold may not necessarily cure your cold, but, in moderation, it won’t hurt either.


There isn’t much scientific evidence that honey truly relieves cold symptoms, but there’s no doubt it can have a soothing effect when you’re suffering from a cold Mixed with herbal tea or simply hot water with lemon, it can coat and soothe irritated throats. Take care, however, with babies, as honey is not recommended for children under one year of age.

Ginger root

This strong smelling and tasting root has been used for centuries to treat coughs, runny noses, headaches, and neck and shoulder aches. One of the best ways to take it when you have a cold is to make hot ginger tea with honey and lemon to relieve cold symptoms and soothe a sore throat.

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Michelle Spatz, Amanda Maynes

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