How to Cure Sniffles

Updated April 17, 2017

Many people are under the mistaken impression that we catch sniffles and colds because of cold weather. In fact 78% of all sniffles and colds in the U.S. are experienced during the warmer months of May, June and July. Colds are caused by viruses that are spread by interaction among people who have the virus. The symptoms of a cold are a runny nose, headache, scratchy throat and a low-grade fever. While you cannot cure a cold, you can diminish the symptoms and when the symptoms are gone, you will feel much better.

Drink your daily recommended intake of water every day to clean out the fluids in your body. An average person should take in 1,892ml. water every day.

Add an additional hot drink to your diet of ½ tsp cayenne pepper, 2 tsp honey and a cup of boiling water. You can add some fresh lemon juice for flavour if you want.

Take 300 mg of echinacea capsules every day. You can also take 2ml Echinacea extract or 1½ ml echinacea tincture instead of the capsules.

Take a prescription antihistamine and decongestant in unison to clear up the sniffles. You will need to see your doctor to receive prescriptions for both of these.

Blow your nose regularly and avoid breathing the sinus fluid back in through your nose.

Clean your nose with a saline nasal wash every day right before taking a nasal spray to clear up fluids. You can purchase these sprays over the counter or by prescription from your doctor.


Sleep on your side when suffering from sniffles to avoid a sore throat when you wake up in the morning.


Do not take a prescription that was given to anyone other than you or you may react badly to it.

Things You'll Need

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Honey
  • Echinacea capsules, extract or tincture
  • Antihistamine
  • Decongestant
  • Nasal wash
  • Nasal spray
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About the Author

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Bill Dale has been writing travel- and lifestyle-related articles since 1988. His articles have appeared in “The Northern California Bohemian” newspaper and “Wine Business Monthly” magazine. Dale received the Fairbanks Public Service Award in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Columbia University.