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What’s new against colds and flu?

Now that cold and flu season has arrived, you’ve likely begun hearing a lot about popular immune system helpers like echinacea, goldenseal, zinc and vitamin C — and for good reason. Years of solid research show that these natural remedies can help prevent a viral...

Cold Buster! Patented ginseng extract reduces colds

The Canadian Medical Association Journal is set to publish a landmark double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the prevention and relief of upper respiratory infections. The clinical trial was conducted on a patented extract of ginseng, sold as the natural anti-cold...

Cleaner Hands: Tea tree oil wash kills more bacteria then regular soap

Skin washes containing 5% tea tree oil are more effective than regular soap at killing infectious bacteria on the skin, according to researchers at the School of Biomedical and Chemical Sciences at the University of Western Australia. The finding may have particular...

Chamomile Cure-All? Tea studied for a range of benefits

For centuries, people who’ve felt sick or stressed have tried drinking chamomile tea as a medicinal cure-all. Now, researchers in England have found new evidence that the popular herbal tea may actually help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds and...

Ginseng extract cuts risk of colds

Recent clinical studies show an extract of ginseng may be able to significantly lower your risk of catching a cold or flu this season. A study at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk found the ginseng extract, known as CVT-E002 and sold as Cold-FX, helped...

Colds and canker sores? Try zinc

Zinc is a trace mineral that supports a number of body systems, including the immune system. Recent clinical studies show that zinc can reduce the duration of a cold and may also help with chronic canker sores. At the Heritage Center in Utah, researchers studied the...

Oregano oil topples bacteria, parasites

The cure is in the cupboard, according to Dr Cass Ingram in his 1997 book of the same title. Dr Ingram says that oil of oregano can be used to improve health due to its natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic qualities. This is because oil of...

Echinacea cuts cold time, symptoms

Echinacea isn’t known as the “immune herb” for nothing! As two German studies prove, it has a well-deserved place on your natural cold remedy shelf. In a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 80 adult patients were given echinacea or a placebo at the...

To kill a cold: What the research says

Is that vitamin C or echinacea you take during cold season really doing anything? Yes it is, say researchers in recent studies. At the Herbal Health Centre in the UK, 168 volunteers were given either a placebo or vitamin C supplement for two months during cold/flu...