Fighting the Common Cold


The most common infectious agents for the common cold are viral in nature and include rhinoviruses and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Most of the time you can manage the symptoms conservatively and your body will do the rest. However for those of you who have ever had a child up in A&E or at the doctor with bronchiolitis (caused by RSV) these infants and young children can get ill very quickly. Fortunately, most infections resolve without dramatic intervention.

Research is in its infancy on the microbiota in the nasal passage and more research is now needed to work out whether the bacteria that are in your nose might make you more or less susceptible to a viral infection and may dictate how severe that infection is… the microbes in your nose are just as important as the ones in your gut!

“The problem with antibiotics is less their use than their overuse which both disrupts our microbiome and foments the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The solution is not to demonise these drugs but to deploy them judiciously, in situations when they are actually needed and in full knowledge of the risks and benefits.” Ed Yong, I Contain Multitudes

Natural remedies to reach for first...

  1. Ingest a teaspoon of Manuka Honey, crushed garlic, diced red onion every three hours.
  2. Salt water gargle – or you could try a gargle of warm water and a drop of Essential Tea Tree Oil.
  3. Hydrate with warm water and lemon slices for extra vitamin c – add some Echinacea for extra benefits.
  4. Relax in an Epsom Salt bath and add some drops of essential oils such as tea tree, lavender, or eucalyptus.
  5. Sea salt nose drops or nasal rinse.
  6. Drops of Oil of Oregano under your tongue.
  7. Turmeric – try a shot of Akesi Bio-Fermented Turmeric with Ginger and Black Pepper.
  8. A sensible amount of exposure to the sun.
  9. Take a probiotic with diverse strains in order to populate your gut with beneficial bacteria. We think the microbiota has a role to play in training your immune system to recognise the right pathogens to target.