The common cold is a viral infection found in the upper respiratory tract. This means that it affects the nose, throat, upper airways and sinuses. Colds are extremely common but are generally mild in nature and clear up within one or two weeks.

If you have a cold you might feel unwell and display symptoms such as a sore throat, a cough, headache, sneezing or a blocked or runny nose. Whilst these symptoms are not severe they can be unpleasant to deal with.

The common cold is highly contagious and is passed from one person to the next through the spreading of germs. This can happen by simply touching an object or person which has come into contact with an infected droplet. If you transfer an infected droplet to your mouth, nose or eyes then there is a strong possibility that you will contract the infection and go on to develop cold symptoms.

This type of mild infection is often seasonal with more outbreaks noted in the winter months.

Not all cold infections are generated from the same virus. This means that you can pick up a number of colds potentially one after the other.

The best preventative measures to reduce your risk of contracting a cold virus are all hygiene-based.

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap throughout the day especially after using the bathroom, travelling on public transport and before you eat.
  • Keep antibacterial hand sanitiser close by for those moments you are not able to make it to wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes.
  • Use tissues to catch sneezes and dispose of them immediately.

Colds cannot be cured and should generally be treated with rest and by remaining well hydrated.


Homeopathy and the common cold

Homeopathic treatments are said to aim to ease symptoms as much as possible whilst also looking to boost the body’s immune system.

Frequently used homeopathic remedies for the common cold include:

  • Aconite
  • Belladonna
  • Byonia
  • Ferrum phos
  • Pulsatilla

Homeopaths do not suggest treatments based solely on the diagnosis. Homeopaths suggest treatment based on symptoms, the onset of the condition, the patient’s emotions and their overall general health.

Coughs and sore throats can be particularly frustrating symptoms of a cold. Many people rely on their voice in their day-to-day lives, including their jobs. Therefore it is understandable why so many people look for treatments to move the cold on as quickly as possible.


Homeopathic remedies for coughs

Patients that present to a homeopath with a painfully dry cough which worsens in the evening may be recommended byronia.

A hoarse voice which produces a croup-like or deep cough may indicate the use of phosphorus.

A sore throat with a loud, barking cough may lead homeopathic practitioners to think of giving the patient spongia.



Homeopaths may also advocate for aromatherapy oils as a method to ease the oft uncomfortable symptoms associated with a cold.

Aromatherapy oils used in the treatment of colds include:

  • Tea tree
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender

Aromatherapy oils can be inhaled via a diffuser or even used as a massage lubricant. They are said to ease the symptoms of headaches, muscle aches and pains and unblock nasal passages.

It is best practice to consult with your own doctor prior to making any decisions about homeopathic remedies. Whilst the majority of homoeopathy treatments are made from a natural source, there is still a chance that they could interact with other medications or health conditions.