All-Natural Way to Beat the Cold or Flu | Winter Health

Leaders and high performers can’t afford to get sick. Yet, with cold and flu season in full swing, we need to be prepared to avoid it and beat it if needed.

All Natural Cold Remedy with Olive Leaf, Grapefruit Seed, and more

My all-natural cold and flu remedy may look and taste disgusting, but it works. (Tweet That)

Almost every year, I find myself with the beginnings of some sort of sickness. Just last week, I woke up Tuesday having swallowed a porcupine. In the past it usually turned into a full-blown, knock-me-out, watch-Bob-Ross-all-day nightmare.

Until I started following my new all-natural recipe for beating colds and flu.

Now, before I continue, let me make two things clear:

1. It works very well for me, but it might not for you.

2. In case you didn’t know, I am not a doctor. If you’ve got some other stuff going on (i.e. high blood pressure, chronic bronchitis, etc.) you should still see your doctor. Also, don’t do what I suggest if you are on any long-term medicines. I don’t know what might happen.

So with those caveats out of the way, here’s what I started doing a few years ago. I have been sick approximately five times since then, about the same number of times as usual. But it has never materialized past the third day and never gotten worse than a mildly sore throat and sniffles.

How to beat the cold or flu naturally

First, drink this

Get a 16-24 oz. water bottle and mix the following:

6 tsp. Olive Leaf Complex
15 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
6-10 drops Oregano Oil (it’s like liquid heat, so start off with 6 and work your way up)
3 tsp Cod Liver Oil (I use this kid’s lemon-flavored kind. I can’t recommend unflavored…yuck!)
3 mL Pelargonium sidoides (I recommend Umcka brand)
10 drops Mullein
Fill with your juice of choice, water, and flavor packets

If you’re wondering, yes it is absolutely disgusting. It looks like liquid death and tastes about the same. But it works. I use juice and a natural drink mix to flavor it.

I drink four ounces at first and two ounces every hour or so, preferably without food. I drink two bottles per full day.

Usually by the 48th hour after starting to take it, my symptoms are almost gone. Once I feel 100% again, usually by the middle of the third day, I lower the frequency to every other hour and finish one last bottle.

One other way I use this formula is as a boost before flights. I’ve gotten sick on at least one out of five flights I’ve taken. This formula has helped me avoid it on the past six flights in a row!

Second, remember, your mom is still right

Rest, fluids, laughter, and avoiding unnecessary stress are still good ideas. Just because you drink some magical formula doesn’t mean you don’t follow mom’s advice.

Get plenty of rest. At least eight hours at night and try to sneak in a nap if possible. When you first feel sick, I highly suggest, if possible, spending the first day sleeping as much as possible. When I got sick last week, that was impossible since last week and this week are my two busiest weeks of the year, but if you can, do it.

Drink more liquid than you can stand, preferably water and natural juice. I might drink as much as 200 ounces of water in a day when I am not feeling up to par.

Laughter is still the best medicine and stress is the worst toxin for your body, so get plenty of the first and avoid the latter. If nothing else, try to keep a smile on your face.

It’s a simple formula, but it works for me. I hope you remain sickness-free this winter, but if you do find yourself with a bad case of the sniffles, try my way. I hope it works for you like it has for me!

Question: What do you do to stay healthy this time of year? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Kirbie Earley

    You are about a week late with this. I’m now getting over a cold. I will have to keep this post in mind for the next round. I’m allergic to something in the flu shot so I can’t get it – hopefully I won’t need your recipe for that!

    • I got a flu shot once…was sick for three weeks after.

      I’ve heard they are only something like 40% effective anyway, just enough to keep them from becoming pandemic for people unwilling to do other things to avoid getting sick in the first place.

      • Kirbie Earley

        I figure everyone around me gets those shots – kids and grandkids, parents, etc., so if I can’t, then at least I’ll either not pass it along or I won’t get it because the people I’m close to aren’t going to get it either.

        Stay well!

  • Katherine Leicester

    “What’s for supper, Gran’pa?”
    “We got grape seed extract and a mullein mix, with fruit and flavors your sickness to fix!”

    I couldn’t help but think of Grandpa Jones on Hee Haw.

    My plan for good health includes lots of water, vitamins, outdoor exercise–get out in that cold weather–and recognizing that diet and rest are really important. I use Zycam rapid melts if I get symptoms.

    • Good plan. Same for me when I’m healthy. Preventative medicine is the best, which is why I like taking this before I fly. I also take it if anyone in the house is sick or on days when we volunteer in the kid’s ministry at church 🙂

      Paranoid? Maybe. But I haven’t hard a “sick day” in three years.

      • “Like”! I volunteer at our Children’s’ Ministries as well Matt. Never sick.

  • Ken Porter

    Liquid death…isn’t that a Harry Potter reference?

    Good stuff. Will have to try this!

  • Sounds like a winning combination. Here’s mine: add the following to a cup of hot water, juice of one lemon, 1 tsp raw honey, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and half-inch slice of fresh ginger root, cut up in tiny pieces and squeezed into the tea. I had a cold that knocked me out and after drinking three cups of this in the evening I was back to normal the very next day. It’s a great detox drink, I love the taste, no fish oil involved and you can have it any time you need a boost.

    Stay healthy, Matt!

    • I’ve heard of a similar recipe. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory so it makes sense. Thanks for sharing Lily!

      • Just ordered some ginger myself! Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has a warm, spicy fragrance that is energizing. Supportive of the digestive system, ginger is commonly used to soothe, comfort, and balance digestive discomfort.* It may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. Ginger has an approximate ORAC of 992,571 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.

    • Lily, your recipe has ingredients that are easier to find and sounds much easier to swallow. Thank you! (Sorry Matt, I might rather be sick than make your recipe.)

      • HA! It’s actually not bad when you add the juice and flavor. Seriously.

        That being said. I might add ginger to it after reading @lilykreitinger:disqus’s comment. It makes total sense.

  • Just getting over a bad cold. I am printing this for next time.:)

  • Steve Pate

    “ummm sounds good, I’ll some of that!”-said Loyd.

    As for staying healthy, in my neck of the woods, snow comes early and the days are really short, but we make sure to keep our stress down, and get out and move. Keeping hydrated is a must too.

  • Kari Uhlman

    I use Young Living Essential Oils. See

    • Aeromatics or do you ingest them?

      I take a lot of good oils. coconut, oregano, grapefruit seed, olive leaf, etc. And I try to eat a lot of hemp, chia, and flax seeds.

      • Kari Uhlman

        Oregano (Origanum vulgare, Origanum onites, Origanum minutiflorum, Origanum majorana) is one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils. It contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system.* Oregano may also be used to enhance the flavor of food. Oregano is also a key oil used in the Raindrop Technique, a massage application of essential oils, which is designed to bring about electrical alignment in the body. The chemo-type of Young Living’s Oregano is Carvacrol. Oregano has an approximate ORAC of 153,007 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.

  • brentmkelly

    Very interesting recipe Matt! I just got knocked down for a few days with some form of the flu. My secret recovery formula was my wife who was a saint and let me rest while she handled all four kids. I will have to try your formula next time:)

  • Why do people go out and about when they are sick?? I avoid sick people as much as possible – if someone says they don’t feel good, I jump back a few feet. I also tell them to GO HOME NOW!! Kinda unfriendly on my part, but REALLY rude on their part to run around town, touching everything in the hardware store, sneezing on the library books, handling the door to the post office. . .

  • The biggest thing I try to do is to counties exercising. It’s easy to not exercise as much when it’s cold and wintery but I find the exercise helps fight off colds and flus!

  • Lots of vitamin C and water.

  • I recommend a neti pot. Also helps with sinus issues.

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