Best natural cold and flu remedies

It is important to note that most upper respiratory infections are viral related, and therefore not caused by bacteria. Taking an antibiotic upon the first signs of cold or flu will only make matters worse long-term by negatively affecting your microbiome (flora in the gut).

Find below a list of my favourite cold and flu busters, in order of priority:

Immune Essentials 

For prevention, take 1x capsule daily for up to two months, then rotate to Viragraphis or AV/AT from Panaxea. Upon first signs of cold or flu, take 2x capsules three to four times daily for up to three days, then lower again to maintenance dosage of 1 to 2 capsules daily. For best curative action, combine with Viragraphis. It contains Vitamin C (1000mg), Olive leaf Extract and Whole Glucan Particle (beta-glucan). 


For prevention, take 1 to 2 capsules daily. For extra preventative measure, combine with Immune Essentials. Upon first signs of cold or flu, take 2x capsules three to four times daily for up to three days, then lower again to maintenance dosage of 1 to 2 capsules daily. It contains Andrographis Extract, Isatis Extract and Licorice Extract. 


Homeopathic remedy, use preventative and curative. Take as directed on label. Available from pharmacies and health shops.

Vitamin C

Make sure to use a buffered version with added bioflavonoids. My favourites are Big Ceee, Super Natural C from Natural Vibrance or Vita C combo from The Real Thing.  Use at least 1,000mg daily as preventative measure. However, take 1,000mg every two to three hours upon the first signs of a cold or flu.


Use zinc as preventative (20mg daily) and curative measure by taking 20mg every 4 hours upon the first sign of cold or flu. Don’t take longer than 3 days at the high curative dosage. Krebs zinc from Natural Vibrance, zinc glycinate or orotate are good. 

Propolis liquid

Best remedy for sore throat and upper respiratory problems. Take 10 to 12 drops of a 100% extract in a little water upon the first signs of throat infection – gargle with the propolis, before swallowing.


Septogard from TIBB

Presented in syrup or tablets, thus for infants, kids and adults. Good antimicrobial properties to use as curative measure for all respiratory and urinary infections. Available from health shops. Take as directed on label.

Please note that no remedy could ever replace good food. A balanced wholefood diet should be the first line of defence. It is important to also stay well hydrated throughout the day and enjoy a natural hot winter tonic to prevent and bring relief to cold and flu symptoms. And last but not least, award yourself with the much-needed bed rest!

Winter Tonic 

Not feeling well?
Headaches?  Cold?  Cough?  Flu?  Stomach Bug?

Into a mug:  4 to 5 thin slices fresh ginger root, juice of ½ lemon, 1 to 2 cloves freshly chopped garlic, pinch of cayenne/chilli and a little non-irradiated turmeric (anti-bacterial and liver cleansing).
Add boiling water and steep for about 10 min.
Add 1 teaspoon raw honey and an immune boosting remedy (optional)
Drink slowly and go straight to bed.

In acute cases repeat every three hours.



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