My Natural “First Aid” Kit for Colds, Coughs, Flu, and Sinus

By Brad Roseborough

February 22, 2012

As the pharmacist in a pharmacy that specializes in compounding and the use of natural products, I'm often asked what to use for colds, coughs, flu, and sinus problems.  My first questions are always “how long have you had the problem”, “what is the age of the person you are treating”, and “are you seeing any colored mucous”?  If you've had the problem five days or more, have any upper respiratory distress, have colored mucous, or the patient is under two years of age, my recommendation is to see a physician for a proper diagnosis.  If, on the other hand, you're over two years of age, in no distress, and do not appear to have an infection, the following are products that I regularly recommend and use.

“Common” cold

This is a condition is highlighted by runny nose, congestion, and sneezing and you may also  see sore throat, cough, or headache.  It is usually viral in nature.  Again, if you've had a sore throat for 2 or 3 days, it pays to see your doctor to make sure that you don't have a bacterial strep infection.  

I recommend that everyone north of the Mason-Dixon line take supplemental vitamin D3 but when I start to catch a cold, I increase my dose for several days.  If I can recognize the symptoms within the first 12 hours, I will also start a product called Andrographis Plus.  This is a wonderful product that seems to shorten the duration of my colds and keep them from progressing to more severe symptoms.  I also will increase my vitamin C intake.  I recommend (and use) Buffered C by RxVitamins.  If I don't catch the symptoms within 24 hours, I will replace the Andrographis with a product called CandiBactin-AR.  For the congestion associated with the common cold, I use Sinatrol.  If clear mucous is present I may choose to use a product called MucoStop.  This is an enzyme product that helps thin mucous and help with congestion.  ViraStop is a proteolytic enzyme that improves the immune response and can help shorten your cold symptoms.  For sore throat symptoms, I recommend Throat Care for soothing relief and coating qualities.

Again, my caution is this, if you take a sudden turn for the worse, see a doctor!  I've seen many a patient with a compromised immune system (usually due to stress) that has caught a virus, not taken proper care of themselves, and had it turn into a much more serious secondary bacterial infection.


My favorite product for cough is Ivy Calm.  This product naturally supports clear bronchial passages.  I also like this product because it can be used as often as six times per day and for children as young as two years old.  Again, if this is a chronic cough, you have been diagnosed with COPD, or it's lasted for more than five days-see a doctor.


In general the symptoms of the flu are much more severe than the common cold.  Fever, body aches, fatigue (tiredness), and cough are common symptoms of the flu.  Runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomitting, and diarrhea can also be present.  I tend to recommend bed rest and the treatment of symptoms with this unwanted problem.  For fever and aches, I tend to recommend ibuprofen.  Where possible, I also recommend staying well hydrated-drink lots of water where possible.  Runny nose and congestion are treated as noted above with the common cold.  If nausea and vomitting are present, I tend to use homeopathic products like Diarrhea CP, Flu HP, and Nausea CP to treat the flu symptomatically.  Sometimes cola syrup poured over ice chips and sipped can also settle nausea.

Sinusitis (sinus)

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses that can be caused by virus, bacteria, fungus, or allergies.  Sinusitis can be termed acute (less than 4 weeks), sub acute (4-12 weeks), or chronic (over 12 weeks).  My recommendation for this condition is Sinatrol.  If the condition may be related to an allergy, I would also recommend the addition of an enzyme product called Allerase.  

For teachers only

Well not really, but teachers of young children seem to have this situation more than others.  Sometimes I'll run into a patient that will experience three or four upper respiratory infections a winter or have had pneumonia and are more susceptible to upper respiratory infections.  In this case I want an “ultimate” immune system booster.  Although quite expensive, I like to suggest Beta 1,3 D Glucan by Transfer Point to be used on a daily basis throughout the winter.

Well there you have it, my first aid kit for coughs, colds, flu, and sinus.  For proper dosing on the above mentioned products or to purchase the items I mentioned, please feel free to contact me at 419-756-2559.

Products referenced in this article:
Vitamin D3
Supports strong bones, teeth and a healthy immune system Sugar-Free

Price: $7.95

Andrographis Standardized
Immune Support

Price: $12.99

Buffered Vitamin C
Antioxidant support

Price: $14.40

Ivy Calm
Clinically studied syrup to support lung and bronchial passageway health in children and adultsClinically proven respiratory supportNaturally supports clear bronchial passagesSoothes occasional irritation

Price: $9.00

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