Alternative Cold Remedies
As cold and flu season approach, you may be stocking up on pricey, over-the-counter medicines. But if you want a natural and more affordable way to stay healthy and fight a cold, try some of these alternative remedies. By Kelly Sullivan, Special to The Courant
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According to the University of Maryland's Medical Center, slippery elm is a Native American herbal remedy that has been used to relieve common cold symptoms, including cough, sore throat, upset stomach and diarrhea.
Slippery elm is a tree, but the medicinal part is taken from the inner bark. It is known as the slippery elm because, when mixed with water, it becomes a slick gel. This gel is rich with antioxidants and coats your throat, stomach lining and intestines, providing relief.
Slippery elm can be made into a tea, or it can be purchased in the form of a throat lozenge or in a powdered bark form.