Cell Salts for Colds & Flu with Handy Chart
How to Fight Colds, Coughs, Sore Throats, Sinusitis, Bronchitis, and the Flu with Schuessler Cell Salts
Cell salts are excellent natural remedies to help you relieve and recover gently from the common cold, its diverse symptoms, including coughs and runny nose, and secondary infections. They are also great to have on hand during the flu season to support your flu protection program and to ease symptoms as soon as they appear.
Cell Salts for Sore Throat & Early Stages of a Cold
The common cold is the most familiar illness on the planet. Most people will experience around 50 colds over the course of their life. A typical cold can take from several days to two weeks to recover from if not stopped in its tracks.
Often the first sign of infection by a cold virus is a little tickle or soreness in the throat. This is the signal for prompt administration of Calcarea Sulphurica (Cell Salt #3), for if Calc Sulph is given immediately, it can often prohibit the sore throat and more severe symptoms from developing at all. Take 3-4 tablets or squirts (of our liquid spray) 4 times a day or as often as needed and reduce the number of doses as the symptoms improve.
Cell Salts for the Common Cold
Caused by the contagious rhinovirus, the common cold carries the unpleasant symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, low-grade fever, cough, and congestion. Fortunately, treating a cold with the appropriate Schuessler cell salts can reduce the severity and duration of the cold, make secondary infections less likely, and help you recover smoothly.
1. Stage of Infection
Ferr Phosphoricum, short Ferr Phos, is the first remedy to administer when a cold manifests itself as it treats inflammation, acute infection, and fever. Once the stuffy nose stage begins, add Kali Mur to relieve the congestion. Take 3-4 tablets/sprays as often and as long as needed.
Cell Salts for Cough, Sinusitis, and Bronchitis
Some colds can lead to increased fluid and mucus production in the chest, sinuses, and bronchi. The use of the most effective cell salt is determined by the stage of the infection and the nature of the cough or discharge.
At the onset of a cough, sinus or bronchial infection with white secretions and white or grey coating of the tongue, use Ferr Phos and Kali Mur as described above.
2. Stage of Infection
As the infection matures, switch to Ferr Phos and Kali Sulphuricum. Kali Sulph relieves yellow mucus that is still hard to expectorate, promotes perspiration to help shed toxins, break the fever, and start the healing process. Rest, eat easily digestible foods, reduce your sugar intake, and consume plenty of warm drinks and soup.
3. Stage of Infection
Once the cough is loose and the discharge more profuse, combine Ferr Phos with Calc Sulph. The salt that is so helpful before a cold even settles in, is also helpful in the later stage to help clear up the infection.
Cell Salts for Influenza or the Flu
Influenza, often called the flu, is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system and occurs more frequently during the winter months when air humidity levels are low. Its symptoms include fever with chills and aches, cough, sore throat, and other symptoms similar to those of the common cold. However, the severity of symptoms are usually much greater than cold symptoms, with higher fever, considerable fatigue, and a longer recovery period. Secondary infections are also more likely to occur after a bout of influenza, especially in the young and the elderly.
The prominent homeopathic flu protection protocol includes the remedies Influenzinum & Thymuline to be taken during the fall, winter, and early spring and homeopathy’s #1 acute flu relief remedy CoxiFlu. Read more about these three remedies in our Homeopathic Cold & Flu Remedies blog.
The primary cell salt remedy for influenza is Natrum Sulphuricum. Take it in combination with Ferr Phos as long as fever is present. Take Kali Sulph to promote perspiration and break the fever. Use Kali Mur for runny and stuffy nose. Take directly in a clean mouth or dissolve tablets/squirt sprays of one or several salts in a glass of water and sip.
More Tips to Deal with Colds and the Flu
The most important thing to remember when troubled by a cough, cold, or flu is that the immune system needs all the help it can get while fighting infection. This is a time for extra rest, light but nourishing foods, and lots of liquids—especially hot drinks. In addition to the cell salts mentioned above for your specific symptoms, take Calc Phos (Cell Salt #2), the restorative cell salt, in the later stages of a cold or flu to aid recovery.
About Dr. Schuessler and the 12 Cell Salts
Cell salts, or tissue salts, were discovered by Dr. Wilhelm Schuessler, who identified the 12 minerals essential to cell nutrition, growth, and repair. The 12 cell salts at HomepathyStore are available as tablets or liquid sprays. Liquid sprays are sugar free, lactose free, gluten free, kosher, and vegan.
Please note: Product descriptions grounded in homeopathic practice. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.