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Homeopathy for Colds

Updated: Nov 12, 2022

Oh no - you've started developing a cold! It may be a common ailment, but symptoms can cause a lot of discomfort and misery. Fortunately, homeopathic remedies are on hand to offer rapid, gentle and quick relief so that you can get back to feeling well again.


Colds can develop in many ways. Typical symptoms include:

  • nasal congestion

  • runny nose

  • scratchy throat

  • sneezing

  • tiredness

  • mild headache

  • cough

  • fever

Homeopathy is personalised medicine which means that even if there is more than one person in your house with a cold, you might not all need the same remedy. Here are a selection of the more commonly used remedies and their indicators for use:



Symptoms develop AFTER exposure to cold air; sudden attack of cold with much sneezing.

Pain at the root of the nose and/or forehead, thin nasal discharge and blockage of nostrils; face is red and hot.

Very thirsty for large quantities of cold water and a desire to be in open air; restlessness and anxiety


Arsenicum Album

Thin, watery discharge from the nose which can burn inside of the nose and top lip. Catarrh is less indoors but increases in open air (unlike Aconite, Allium Cepa, Euphrasia, Pulsatilla).

Bouts of sneezing with feeling of blocked up sinuses. Throat can be dry with a desire for frequent sips of cold water. There is inexplicable prostration, fear and anguish.



DRYNESS. Very dry nose, mouth and throat with sneezing which brings up mucus. Shooting and aching pains in the forehead.

Lips are dry and cracked – strong thirst for water.

Eyelids are sore, red and swollen.

Patient tends to be grumpy and does not want to be disturbed.

Cold threatens to travel to the chest.


Natrum Mur

Cold develops with violent sneezing followed by fluent thick discharge (think egg white) from the nose. Tickling sensation in the nostrils.

Aching in the cheekbones. Eyes feel puffy and dry.

May develop cold sores with the cold. Emotionally withdrawn and tearful.



CHANGEABLE symptoms.

Mucus can be fluid or thick, clear, yellow or green. Usually bland with little irritation. Discharge always worse in the morning and evenings.

All symptoms are much worse for being in a hot stuffy environment.

Frontal headache, and feeling muddled. Usually Thirstless.

Tendency to be weepy and clingy.


How to take your remedy

Start with 30c potency.

If symptoms do not start to improve in 2-3 hours assess the symptoms and look for a new remedy.

Alternatively, contact me and we can arrange an acute consultation.


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