First, avoid foods that create mucus, and will only make your symptoms worse. This includes: cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, milk products, and white flours in breads and pasta. Instead, eat green leafy vegetables such as: kale, cabbage, collards, or bok choy at least once a day. Make sure your plate is a plethora of color with a variety of veggies. Choose whole grains including: brown rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, barley etc. Finally, drink carrot juice because it is good for the lungs, and don't forget Mom's homemade chicken soup.
The following is a list of homeopathic remedies that are safe and effective:
1. Oregano Oil- This is used as a natural antibiotic and is excellent for bronchitis, whooping cough, tuberculosis, pneumonia, anthrax, and a variety of other ailments. (Research from Georgetown University has shown that it is more effective than antibiotics for some “staph” infections.) It can be taken internally, and you can also use it as a vapor mist. As a vapor mist, boil 2 quarts of water, and allow it to set for a minute. Put in 3-6 drops of pure organic oil, and breathe the vapors. Repeat twice or 3 times daily. As an option, enclose a towel over your head and the bowl so that the vapors are contained.
2. Lotus Root Tea- Grate the lotus root (which can be found at most Asian markets 99 Ranch, Mitsuwa) and squeeze the pulp with a cheese cloth until you have ½ cup of lotus root juice. Add 2-3 drops of fresh ginger and ½ cup of water. Boil for a few minutes than drink. This is excellent for breaking up the mucus.
3. Put a rub on the chest, such as menthol. Look in your local health food store (Whole Foods, Mother's Market)
Eating a well balanced diet, resting, and the above remedies, should help you have a quicker recovery, and allow you to enjoy, instead of dread, the season.
Please note that this information is not meant to substitute for medical advice. Please consult with your doctor.