Defend Against Summer Cold & Cough Symptoms with Homeopathy

Summer cold, winter cold, what's the difference?

"Summer cold" is an expression you've likely heard, but aside from the fact that you may get a cold in the summer, is there a difference between summer colds and winter colds?

The simple answer is yes. While the symptoms of both summer and winter colds can be similar, the causes can be different. Corona viruses are more active in winter and early spring and tend to attack the respiratory system.  Rhino viruses, on the other hand, are more active in late spring, summer and early fall. Rhino virus symptoms tend to be more "sinus" related, including runny nose, blocked sinus, sneezing, post nasal drip and sore throat. The real challenge of a summer cold, however, is that the viruses that cause winter colds, sometimes combine with the viruses that cause summer colds. Some doctors say this can make a summer cold more difficult to treat and longer lasting.

Best Homeopathic Remedy Combinations for Summer Colds

Sinus #203

This very popular head clearing homeopathic combination works with the body’s natural decongestants and histamines to clear the sinuses of stubborn mucus and ease profuse discharges. Its relief extends to bursting catarrhal headache pain and eye, nose and throat irritation due to allergies, hay fever, head colds or congestions.

Homeopathic Ingredients:

Euphrasia - Relieves colds and hay fever symptoms with profuse, bland nasal discharge, profuse, irritating, hot tears especially in the morning, and often a bursting headache that may set everything running.

Kali bich - ingy yellow mucus that clogs eyes, ears, noses and throats causing pressure, post nasal drip, gagging coughs and pain especially at the base of the nose.

Hydrastis - Applies when post-nasal drip and profuse burning yellow mucus lead to a dull, pressing headache and a harsh cough.

Pulsatilla -  Helps clear thick yellow mucus in the eyes, nose, chest or sinuses which often results in a pressing sore headache and violent, must-sit-up night coughing.

Hyland's DEFEND Cold & Cough for Adults

This 100% Natural liquid provides multi-symptom relief, is free of dies, and has no alcohol or sugar.  Hyland's DEFEND Cold & Cough for Adults is also available as a "Nighttime" formula with three extra ingredients to help with sleeplessness and fatigue.

Homeopathic Ingredients:

Allium Cepa - Sneezing, watery eyes, burning watery nasal discharge, and hacking cough.

Hepar Sulph Calc - Cold, sneezing, yellow mucus and chilliness.

Hydrastis - Rattling or tickling cough, sinus congestion, dry/raw/sore throat

Natrum Mur - Dry or rattling cough, dry sore throat, watery but thickening nasal discharge.

Phosphorus - Hoarse/dry cough, nasal congestion, chest congestion, weak limbs

Pulsatilla - Spasmodic cough, cold, nasal congestion

Sulphur - Chest congestion, nasal congestion, hot irritating, yellow mucus, runny nose

Hyland's DEFEND Nighttime Cold & Cough contains the same ingredients as the day formula plus these additional homeopathic remedies to help with sleeplessness and fatigue:

Coffea cruda - Sleeplessness, Restlessness

Chamomilla - Sensitive, irritable, fussy, nocturnal sleeplessness

Nux vomica - Tired, difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking

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**Please note: these statements are based upon traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Key Single Homeopathic Remedies for Summer Colds

Cold applications on single remedies can vary greatly, thus symptoms typically suit both summer and winter colds. However, when you divide head colds from chest colds, there are a few striking remedies to consider for summer and fall, most of which overlap well with allergy symptoms:

Kali mur

As its source is critical to breaking down white mucus and discharge (fibrin), Kali mur (potassium chloride) helps cleanse colds, coughs and sinuses troubled by white mucus, as well as thrush, pimples, blisters or eruptions with white discharge.

Kali bich

This master remedy for helping break down thick, ropy, sticky, tough, stubborn mucus helps clear away sinus congestion, post nasal drip, hawking, blocked nasal passages, stubborn gagging coughs, plus related stomach distress and migraine-like headaches. If mucus suppressants, spring pollen, or too much beer are in the picture, that’s more evidence that Kali bich could help.


This fast acting single helps brighten eyes and clear congestions. Whether allergies, hay fever or a watery cold produces hot, watery, red, irritated eyes, this remedy offers needed relief. Other symptoms may include coughs, headaches and noses that change from blocked and stuffy to runny and profuse. If a smoky warm room is even worse than a garden in full flower, your eyes might like this remedy.


Natural relief for thick, ropy mucus symptoms everywhere – sinuses, ears, eyes, throat, stomach, etc.– any time of year. Diverse congestion symptoms harsh dry or rattling coughs, sinus pressure, hawking, sore throats, sneezing and irritated runny noses.

Natrum mur

The cell salt made from sea salt restores a range of imbalances. For colds, sinus pressure, post nasal drip, hay fever and sore throats, the use of Nat mur is indicated by a dry rawness and thickening clearish mucus.


The cold, flu, sinus and hay fever symptoms Pulsatilla specializes in are marked by mature yellow mucus and often cause stubborn must-sit-up night coughs. Symptoms and moods change often with this remedy, but fresh air is always a must.