Schuessler salts for colds: salts against coughs, colds and sore throats

Schuessler salts
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Schuessler salts are part of the basic equipment of alternative medicine and are intended to regulate the mineral balance. Some of them can also help with colds, runny noses and sore throats.

The Schüßler salts, named after the Oldenburg doctor Wilhelm Heinrich Schüßler (1821-1898), consist of twelve mineral salts, to which a further 15 were later added. The salts balance the mineral balance.

Proponents say they have (preventive) effectiveness against diseases by activating the body’s self-healing powers. Critics point out that there is no proof of the alleged effectiveness.

Treatment with Schuessler salts

Schuessler salts in globule form for allergy sufferers.
Schuessler salts in globule form for allergy sufferers.
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You can always use Schuessler salts when it comes to everyday complaints. They are said to stimulate the body’s self-healing powers. In the case of more serious illnesses, you should take Schuessler salts as a supplement, for example to alleviate the side effects of medication. It is important that self-treatment with Schuessler salts never replaces a visit to the doctor.

  • Since they only affect the mineral balance, Schuessler salts are said to have no side effects.
  • However, if you have celiac disease or are vegan, the classic Schuessler salts are less suitable: the basis of the mineral salts is lactose and they are often made with the help of wheat starch.
  • Because of the lactose, symptoms can occur not only in vegans and people allergic to milk, but also in diabetics.
  • However, many manufacturers are now paying attention to this and are replacing wheat starch with potato starch. Schuessler salts are also available as globules.
  • Nevertheless, it is best to find out in advance whether your Schuessler salts are gluten-free and vegan.

Especially if you are new to the field, it is advisable to consult a doctor.

These Schuessler salts can help with a cold

If you have a persistent high fever, be sure to see a doctor!
If you have a persistent high fever, be sure to see a doctor!
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A cold usually develops insidiously and often begins with a headache and aching limbs, as well as a sore throat, earache or runny nose. Incidentally, there is no justification as to why which salts should help against which symptoms. The following Schuessler salts should help in this first cold phase:

  • No. 3 Ferrum Phosphoricum D12: works against inflammation, low fever and strengthens the immune system

  • No. 5 Potassium Phosphoricum D6 if you have a fever over 39 degrees (if you have a prolonged fever, it is better to consult a doctor!)

As the cold progresses, we recommend:

  • #4 Potassium Chloratum D6
  • No. 6 Potassium Sulfuricum D6: especially for yellowish mucus

Schuessler salts for coughs

As the cold wears off, the cough often lingers and lasts the longest. Here, too, Schuessler salts could help to alleviate the symptoms:

Schuessler salts against dry cough:

  • #8 Sodium Chloratum
  • #2 Calcium Phosphoric

If you have a mucous cough, these Schuessler salts are recommended:

  • #4 Potassium Chloratum
  • #6 Potassium Sulfuricum if #4 isn’t enough

Schuessler salts for colds

Along with the cough, a runny nose can be pretty persistent. If the remaining cold symptoms are gone (or have not yet appeared), you can take these Schuessler salts:

  • #4 Potassium Chloratum
  • #12 Calcium Sulfuricum
  • No. 8 sodium chloratum: For runny nose

  • No. 10 Natrum Sulfuricum: For greenish-yellow colds

  • No. 6 Potassium Sulfuricum: For brownish-yellow colds

Take Schuessler salts

The dosage of the Schuessler salts depends on your own feelings. However, the guideline is: two tablets three times a day. You should let this melt on your tongue so that the minerals it contains get directly into the organism via the mucous membranes. If you don’t like this feeling, you can simply dissolve the lactose tablets in hot water and drink them.


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