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6 Natural Treatments Every College Student Should Have In Their Dorm

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The first lesson students learn when they go off to college is the importance of self-care. Keeping these 6 natural treatments on hand will have them covered for everything from getting over a cold in college to relieving anxiety.


To be a college student today means to be autonomous but, over-scheduled overworked, overstressed, fatigued and frequently ill. This is mainly due to poor diet, newfound drinking habits, forced air being pumped into dorm rooms and living in untidy conditions.

Rarely do college students know how to practice self-care once they leave home, but it’s a lesson well learned if they get wounded or become ill with a cold, bronchitis or the flu.

It's no fun getting over a cold in college. Here are some natural treatments students can keep on hand that can be used daily to prevent illness and even cure it, along with rest, plenty of liquids and a warm bed should the student become sick.

1. Zinc –Unfortunately, we don’t get enough zinc from diet alone, which may be why so many college students today are deficient. However, science has known since a 1984 study found that zinc is the way out if you’ve got a cold.The study revealed, zinc shortened the average duration of common colds by seven days. College students are notorious for over-doing it and becoming susceptible to colds. Therefore, for the student getting over a cold in college or at best, avoid one, take zinc sulfate everyday. Zinc is also great for healing cystic acne. This is not to say that Vitamin C is not an important preventative of colds – it most certainly is, and more!

Zinc is also important for memory, something every college student might happily embrace.

2. Vitamin C A study from the Oregon State University College found that students aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables mirroring statistics which show that Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables and fruits overall.

Fruits and vegetables are a valuable source of Vitamin C. If students aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables daily it’s likely they aren’t getting enough Vitamin C. This can lay the groundwork for illness. Vitamin C helps protect the immune system by increasing white blood cells – the soldiers that attack viruses and man your immune system. Vitamin C also boosts the immune system against bacteria, yeast, mold, and fungus.

The best way to get Vitamin C is from eating a diet high in Vitamin C, but it can be supplemented as well. Too many college students eat diets high in processed and fast foods, and high protein. Nothing says it better than the book EAT! Empower. Adjust. Triumph! Lose Ridiculous Weight:

“… it becomes clear that diets like Atkins are too dangerously high in protein for good health and for weight loss to be permanent. These types of high protein diets are vitamin stingy. Have you looked at how much Vitamin C – a vitamin humans would die without – is in animal protein? I’ll save you the effort – the amount of Vitamin C contained in animal protein is zero.

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The story about Christopher Columbus in NY Times Best Seller Sugar Blues, by William Duffy is quite telling in that it sums up the importance of Vitamin C in human life:

“During one of Christopher Columbus’ early voyages to the New World, a group of his sailors fell desperately ill. Columbus was about to jettison the sick men to the fish when a green island came in view. When the sick men begged to be left on land to die, Columbus assented. Unloaded the in this island paradise and left to expire, the sailors were tempted by unknown fruits and plants. They partook of these strange tropical things. Gradually, to their amazement, all began to recover.

When Columbus passed by the island months later on the return journey to Europe, he was amazed when bearded white men hailed the ship. Even more astonishing was the discovery that the sailors were alive and healthy! In honor of the event the island was named Curacao – Portuguese for cure.”

Men who sailed on ships at the time ate foods that were increasingly refined and as a result, they became sick. Among other vitamins and minerals what restored the sailor’s health was Vitamin C, which was not available on the ship.

The college student who is deficient in Vitamin C might feel fatigue, muscle weakness, joint and muscle aches, and bleeding gums. What is more, taking Vitamin C daily is essential for tissue repair and lowering cholesterol especially when taken through diet. Getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin C daily is essential in getting over a cold in college as well as preventing illness naturally.

3. Spirulina -- If you’re taking a multi-vitamin everyday you would do well to swap that multi-vitamin out with Spirulina. Spirulina is a pretty big deal. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that some call nature’s multi-vitamin. This natural multi-vitamin boosts seventy percent of your daily recommendation of bioavailable iron, as well as draws heavy metals out of both the brain and central nervous system and fights mold. What is more, spirulina works to remove heavy metals from your body that feed viruses such as the Epstein Barr Virus.

4. Lemon Balm - Lemon Balm works to calm the nerves and helps relieve anxiety, stress, depression, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, heart palpitations, tension headaches and circulatory issues. As a digestive, lemon balm highly benefits those students dealing with chronic gastrointestinal disorders including indigestion, IBS, colitis, and acid reflux.

Lemon Balm is both antiviral and anti-bacterial, and helps create a healthy, well-balanced immune and endocrine system. It is also useful in treating insomnia, sleep disturbances, and jittery nerves, allowing for a more relaxed body and better sleep. Lemon Balm is particularly helpful in healing colds, flu, bronchitis and any viral or bacterial infections.

5. Ginger – can be taken fresh in a juice or smoothie or in the form of tea. Ginger is an amazing natural treatment because it’s anti-spasmodic, which means it stops all kinds of cramping, such as anything from migraines, to stomach cramps, and menstrual cramps. Ginger helps heal sore throats, exhaustion fatigue and constipation. Ginger is great in providing relief from the stomach flu and food poisoning. Ginger is also a painkiller helping to relieve joint pain muscle soreness and fatigue. It also has germ-fighting abilities to prevent colds, viruses and the flu.

6. Raw Organic HoneyHoney is sweet but it’s also powerful medicine that is low on the glycemic index. Contrary to popular belief honey is safe for diabetic students as it stabilizes blood sugar. Honey is also antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-cancer. Honey helps you to sleep, lifts your mood, strengthens the immune system, is a probiotic, soothes a sore throat, stabilizes blood pressure, calms the nerves, cleans the blood, fight off colds and flu, helps heal laryngitis, and flushes the kidneys. Manuka honey is also amazing to keep on hand for cuts and wounds since manuka honey heals cuts and bruises instantly and is the only thing that fights against the skin-eating bacteria, MRSA.

In terms of getting over a cold in college, as well as other illnesses, these six natural treatments are a worthy arsenal against fighting common diseases, boosting the immune system and calming anxiety in the strung-out college student.