5. North American Ginseng
North American Ginseng is a herb containing an active ingredient ginsenocide. It has been found to be effective in reducing the number of colds and the severity of a cold in people taking the herb regularly throughout winter. You can take North American Ginseng as a tea or capsule and indications are you would need to take at least 100mg/day for at least eight weeks.
Echinacea is a very common herbal remedy used for colds. However the jury is still out on just how effective echinacea really is. It seems the genus of echinacea is important with the most benefits being seen in the flower or stem of the Echinacea purpurea plant and the specific virus causing the cold is also important. More work is needed before the role of echinacea as a remedy for winter ailments is really known.
7. Hot honey and lemon drink
Hot honey and lemon are great at relieving the symptoms of colds, not only does the steam provide some relief for a blocked nose, the soothing honey can ease a sore throat with the lemon providing a boost of vitamin C. There is some evidence honey may be effective in treating streptococcal throat infections as well as it’s more established role in wound healing. In many ways a hot honey and lemon drink along with some paracetamol is probably the best thing you can do once you’re feeling coldish, fluish and miserable.