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When a Cold or Flu Hits Hard … Hit Back!

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

January 21st, 2018  |  53 Comments

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Cold or Flu


It’s cold and flu season.

Wow. Talk about stating the obvious! Stories on how particularly hard-hitting this flu season is are all over the newspapers and television here in the U.S.

In fact, I just did a recent Facebook Live event, and it was one of my most popular videos to date. Apparently, many of you are either currently experiencing colds and flu or want to make sure you’re ready if it should hit your family.

With these frigid temperatures hitting all over the nation, it is an especially good idea to be prepared. And believe me, I can attest to the importance of keeping your remedies with you at all times.

I recently told you that I have been in the process of moving. With the stress of packing, preparing all the details of making a long move, working long hours and other family stresses, I started feeling like I was getting sick. I’m not talking about a few sniffles. I thought I was going to go down hard.

But, my remedies were packed. In a moving box. Somewhere. Amongst many moving boxes.

I found some garlic in the refrigerator (which had been my go-to remedy back in the days before I discovered homeopathy). So, I started eating copious amounts of garlic. I found some Vitamin C in a drawer that hadn’t been packed yet. I started taking that. They both helped — but only a little. Every morning I would get up feeling sick again and have to start all over, dousing myself, especially with garlic.

(So much so, Buster wouldn’t even sit on my lap!)

This went on for several days. Until …

FINALLY!!! I found the moving box with my kit in it. I immediately took a dose of Aconitum 200 mixed with Bryonia 30, and that was the end of it.

One dose ended it.

The stress certainly hasn’t let up. Not at all. Especially with the move, a day of airport jogging, and many other continued stressors — but, that one dose is still holding up!

Now, reports of this year’s influenza A subtype H3N2 flu are that, for many, it comes with severe body aches and pains. If I had been experiencing the body aches, I would have taken Rhus tox 30 as an SOS. It’s always worked very well in my experience.

However, one of my team members, Kate, has her own story to share. Her 13-year-old son was experiencing a cold or flu illness with a fever, stuffy nose, headache and extreme body aches. The pain was so trying, he ended up on his hands and knees on the floor, moaning. (And he is usually one tough cookie when it comes to pain.) She started him on the Aconite 200/Bryonia 30 but also gave him Eupatorium perfoliatum 30 for the pain.

She had been attracted to the remedy because of the keynote she read on it of having a bruised feeling as if bones were broken all over the body. That description matched his complaints quite well.

I have to tell you, I loved Kate’s enthusiasm when she spoke about the result. She said that in 15 or 20 minutes after having given him that one dose, he went from lying on the floor crying to sitting up on the couch asking questions and talking! She had never used Eupatorium before but was amazed by the drastic change in her son (and of course, wrote it in his file for future reference).

Eupatorium 30 is one of my great go-tos for flu that's attended by pain.  And if there's fever, it's particularly valuable.

What Mom doesn’t want this kind of power at her fingertips?! When a family member is suffering, it’s unbearable for a mom to watch and do nothing. So, how empowering is it to be able to know what homeopathic medicines will address their specific issues?

I’d love for you to listen to the Facebook Live event I mentioned above. I talked a bit about how to tell the difference between the flu and a really fierce cold, as well as discussing other remedies such as Lycopodium, ColdCalm®, and Oscillococcinum. I also hope you’ll join me for our Facebook Live events in the future. I am trying to stick to a schedule of every Monday evening at 8 PM Eastern. But, you will be alerted to each upcoming event by following my Facebook page.

Stay warm and stay well!



I am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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53 thoughts on “When a Cold or Flu Hits Hard … Hit Back!”

  1. Jean Holmes says:

    Thanks Joette!

  2. Before I started following you regularly, my son got the flu and had very very severe bone aches. After consulting my books I decided to try Eupatorium (don’t know if it was 200 or 30) but it worked! It worked within minutes. We did have to repeat every time the pains came back but it continued to work within minutes. I think he may have needed 4 doses total. It’s an awesome flu remedy for severe achiness.

    Learning the BP of Aconite 200 and Bryonia 200 has also been amazing. At the very first sniffle, we take it and the cold disappears, just gone. No one in our family has had a cold in over a year thanks to this protocol.

    Thank you so much for all the information you make available and for FREE! You have really helped me so very much. I could tell you success story after story of how we are benefitted from the info you share.

    I use to be ABSOLUTELY terrified of cold and flu season. I knew not to get flu shots but I didn’t know what else there was. I knew a little bit about natural things and they helped a little bit, but that was it just a little bit. I needed more, more I tell you!

    Then I discovered homeopathy! I’m not afraid anymore, it’s really freedom from fear. Thanks again for all you do.

  3. Marla says:

    Last winter, my husband had the flu. He sent three days on the recliner in the basement. I tried Gelsemium and Bryonia which helped a bit, but the symptoms kept returning. When he said, “my bones hurt”, I gave him Eupatorium 30. Within 20 to 30 minutes he was able to get out of the recliner and come upstairs. A few more doses, and he was over it completely! Amazing!

  4. Neelkamal Patalay says:

    So timely. Thank you Joette for everything and most importantly- for being you. Hopefully your own stress lets up soon.

  5. Jen says:

    Thank you for this information. Thankfully my family is healthy at this time and hoping for us to continue feeling this way. However, I’m curious what the dosage would be for my children just in case. My son is 10 months and my daughter is 4 years old. Thank you.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The number of pills that make for a dose is printed on the side of the bottle.

  6. Sharon Barnett says:

    Timely advice, Joette — thank you! I already know the Aconite/Bryonia combo works, so now have a complete “flu kit” on hand for the additional symptoms if needed.

  7. Narendra says:

    Joette The remedy chart for flu and cold helps precisely. It is a well designed chart. I am impressed of your efforts and well designed chart for a layman like me helps a lot. You are taking care of all types of simptoms during cold and flu and the chart is a ready reckoner. Thank you very much.

  8. bertina says:

    I use AGE (Aconite, Gelsemium, Eupatorium) I found this homeopathic remedy combination in a homeopathy-shop in the UK. If I need it, it works well.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Acronyms are so useful and the Brits have a handle on it, particularly the homeopathic pharmacies.

      Jot this down, readers! Its this kind of sharing that can help your families.

      1. Crystal says:

        I looked this up on line because I was curious about it, and this only thing I found so far is that the a is for arsenicum, not aconite. Do you make this yourself with these three remedies? Or do you actually have a mixture? And do you actually use aconite? Or did you mean arsenicum? 🙂

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          Aconitum is what I use mixed with Bryonia. It’s a Banerji Protocol and may be purchased from OHM Pharma (if you’re a student or client of mine) or simply taken simultaneously to make the mixture.

  9. Cheryl S. Baldwin says:

    Whenever I travel I keep my kit close at hand! And when we moved from NY to FL this fall, my kit and other supplements were in the front seat, always accessible. Good thing, too, because at one of the stops along the way I was able to offer Ipecacuanha to my niece who was sick.

  10. Giuseppina says:

    Hi is it possible to take the remedies other ways besides orally? Also is it effective if not taken orally? Im interested in a one on one consult but im nervous about taking many remedies at once and also having to take them internally.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Giuseppina is my grandmother’s name and my name was a derivative of it. Sometimes I wish I had the original name.

      Ok, now to business. There are other ways such as dermally, but why not use the medicine orally?

  11. Debbie says:

    Is there anything that can be used as a preventative??? for colds and flu???

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      There are many choices for such, but I find that the best work is done once the illness just begins because its hard to know what’s forthcoming.

  12. Terri says:

    Can you tell me where to buy these supplements and if there is a book to get started in homeopathy
    and what chart they are talking about please? This is my first time finding you! I am very excited to overcome fear as the one lady mentioned above with homeopathy knowledge for me and my family.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      TO purchase, simply click on the name of the medicine and it will take you to a source.
      My blog offers the way to get started.

  13. Esther says:

    Thank you Joette! Does the Eupatoriun has to be 30 C or can it be 200?
    I own a cold an flu kit that has this Remedy but in a 200 potency.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I use 30, but 200 would likely do the trick.

  14. Bertina says:

    They Sell 3 AGE’s, acon/gels/eupatorium but alsof artsen.album/gels/eupatorium and even als.iodide/gels/eupatorium, all different combinations. Actingt slightly different, I guess!

  15. Giuseppina says:

    That is too funny I was also named after my nonna:)

    I have a phobia of taking things orally because i have a sensitive digestive system so dermally would be better.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Homeopathic medicines are not taken into the gut. The pills are tiny, tiny, tiny and taken in the mouth, stay there and are absorbed in the mucosa of the mouth. More importantly, it has a reputation for uprooting a sensitive digestive system.

  16. galaxyStar says:

    Thank you for this great blog!
    What do you suggest for post nasal drip at night tickling throat and causing coughing and disrupting sleep. This as the cold is on its way out, still congested. Nose not running now, and nostrils feeling dry. Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’m sorry but I don’t make specific recommendations. However, if you read my blog on coughs, you’ll be able to figure it out.

  17. Ellimama says:

    Great and timely article here! I’m wondering about using the flu protocol. If there is a skin issue that I used Sulphur for and then that same day the child is showing signs of flu, should I use camphor in case the Sulphur is condradicting anything I try for the acute illness? Or is this necessary?
    I don’t want to overdue it with remedies but if I do need to antidote the Sulphur, how long should I wait before treating the illness? Thanks!!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      We don’t use Camphor unless the previous remedies were a mistake; not just in case.

  18. Jaime says:

    Joette, can you educate us on these sudden flu deaths from septic shock we keep hearing about in the news? Is it correct that the remedies we have learned would help prevent the flu from progressing–thus decreasing the chance for septic shock to set in? Suppose septic shock occured anyway. How would we recognize it and perhaps treat it?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Conditions such as SS is something that would need to be diagnosed by an MD. I cover extreme conditions such as this in my course, A Survivalist Guide to Homeopathy here. https://survivalmedicine.joettecalabrese.com/duty-and-responsibility/.

  19. G. K.Pandey says:

    I have been using Aconite in three doses every 15 minutes and it kills the cold in its track. But you cannot wait for it to progress after that it’s entirely a different story. Have used Belladonna in succession if there is sore throat or fever or headache. Please After that I can take Carbo veg if there is cough involved. So my protocol is A-B-C.
    Beauty of homeopathy is that there are many tracks one can take and many choices and permutations and combinations. We cannot decry any protocol that works for one patient or the other.

  20. G. K. Pandey says:

    How come my comments were eliminated?

  21. G. K. Pandey says:

    I see them now.

  22. Kathy says:

    Would the 200c Aconite, 30c Bryonia and 30c Eupatorium as mentioned in the article be given simultaneously or in rotation? Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Aconitum and Bryonia are together and Euptorium, if needed is separate.

  23. Sriya says:

    Hi, Thank you for great article. You shared that you have been sick for couple of
    Days but took aconitum 200c. In the flu guide it is mentioned to take aconitum with in 24 hrs. Please clarify . Thanks again

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Allow me to update my older information. I’ve subsequently noted that it’s more efficacious to use it this way.

  24. Angelina says:

    Joette, thank you for this wonderful blog, I am learning so much! I have a quick question…I have a Hyland’s remedy kit that I’ve used for about 10 years, sometimes very successfully, other times with no success at all. All of the remedies are 30x and potencies is one aspect that I don’t understand at all. Should I replace the Aconite 30x with a 200c potency, and Bryonia 30x with 30c? Or do I just use the 30x in a different manner? Thanks again!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Use the correct potencies, which means you’ll need to purchase 200’s etc.

      1. Julie Swain says:

        In one article you say to use Aconitum 200/Bryonia 30 and in another one you say Aconitum 200/Bryonia 200. Which one should we use or is one for the flu and one for colds? Thank you!

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

          I’ve used both but am favoring Acon200/Bryonia30 since its a specific Banerji Protocol.

  25. Tina says:

    Thank you so much for your website! If a child is being treated for warts with the protocol from your website (Antimonium crud 6 mixed with Arsenicum album 200 every other day), but has started developing signs of a cold can the child be given Aconitum 200 mixed with Bryonia 30 even though he is still taking the remedies for warts?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The way I teach homeopathy is to allow for using more than one protocol at a time. ‘So much more streamlined!

      1. Tina says:

        Thank you so much!!

  26. Michelle Tucker says:

    Thank you so much!! I get food poisoning very easily and so I wasn’t too concerned when I got sick. Food poisoning passes very quickly for me. I started to think it was the flu after the weakness didn’t go away and I had gotten sick a few more times. My baby is four months old and I could barely lift her out of the crib. I took one does of Aconitum 100, Bryonia 30, and Eupatorium 30. Within ten minutes I was feeling pretty much normal.

  27. Laura says:

    Thanks to this article, I had a tube of Acon/Bry from OHM ready when my 3-yo suddenly woke with the fever and dry cough that his father had three days prior. His fever was 103 and within 24 hrs, he was down to 100 (and he slept almost the whole night!). Since he still has the light sensitivity, thirst, dry cough, and heavy eyelids of Aconite, would it be inappropriate to keep dosing for day 2? He had a little diarrhea at the 24 hr mark this morning which I attributed to the high fever all yesterday, and treated with Nux 30. I know Aconite is typically a 24 hr, high fever remedy, but I can’t find another remedy that seems to fit his symptoms as well. Thanks!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      When we find that a medicine acts well it would behoove us to not tinker with success and carry on. We stop the use of medicine when it’s clear that its the wrong one or it no longer acts.

      If that is what occurs, then we move on to the next medicine that fits the picture with its new symptoms.

      1. Kari Johnson says:

        Hi there, I just used Rhus Tox and Bryonia like recommended in a recent facebook video; 1.5 days in I have lost all sense of taste. I stopped the remedy and just took Camphora 200c. Any thoughts as to how i could restore my sense of taste? I had no idea as to how important our taste buds are!! Thank you for any input.

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

          Loss of taste can occur as a result of a cold but it usually returns over time.

  28. Renee says:

    We are currently home with possible influenza. Wondering what I can give my 8 month old and 3 year old. I don’t know their weight, but I could find out guessing 20lbs and 25 lbs.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Simply read what’s printed on the side of the bottle.

  29. Leslie J. says:

    I have to share a success story that was a direct result of this article. A couple of weeks ago, my 4 y.o. daughter started feeling sick one evening with a stomach ache and said she felt like throwing up. I gave her Nux Vomica 30c which helped to calm her tummy, but later in the evening she was crying and inconsolable, saying that her legs hurt a lot and wouldn’t stop aching. She also had a low grade fever. Seemed like flu symptoms with bad body aches. I had tried Ferrum Phos. 6x and Calc Fluor. 6x early on when I wasn’t sure if it was a cold or the flu, but it didn’t seem to act at all and the aches intensified until she was very restless. I immediately did a search and found this article. Eupatorium perfoliatum 30 stuck out as a remedy for the extreme body aches. I was blessed to have that one on hand, so I gave her one dose and continued to comfort her. She started to calm down right away, and gradually calmed until she fell asleep, only about 10-15 minutes after taking the remedy. Yay! Hit the target. She then slept pretty soundly all through the night and woke the next morning feeling all better. This was the 1st time I’ve used this remedy. What a sweet relief (and empowerment) to see it act so swiftly and help ease her suffering so she could rest and heal. Looking forward to getting a Gateway 1 course together very soon, but I have learned so much and had many successes so far just gleaning from this blog. I am also eagerly (more like *very impatiently*) awaiting the kits being available again as I can testify of how important it is to have an arsenal of remedies at the ready for when one is needed. Joette, I can’t thank you enough for faithfully multiplying your talents and helping to bless the lives of SO many people, especially by educating us! I am so inspired and sing the praises of homeopathy to anyone who will listen. 😀

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Nice work, Leslie!
      You’re a mom with moxie!

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