Luckily, that does not mean finding herbs and oddities and making your own tinctures (although stuff like that is pretty awesome and will help, too). Nowadays you can buy natural products that will work with your body with no side effects or drug interactions, and they actually work. Of course, you need to drink plenty of fluids and get rest etc., but ditch the shitty chemicals that will prolong your illness (and give you awful side effects) and give these a try.
Enter two of my best friends:
Both of these dudes are amazing. The Coldcalm is a bit of a commitment because you take 2 tablets every 15 minutes for one-two hours, then it's more of an as needed kind of deal. You take it early, much like EmergenC. I find that after the initial dosage I already feel better. I use the Hyland's mostly at night so I can get some sleep.
With both of these, I can kick a cold in about three days instead of over a week (thanks, adrenal glands) . I don't know why everyone bashes homeopathy. It works, and it works well, and it's a hell of a lot safer to put in your body than a lot of other products.
Both of these are gluten free even though it's not on the packaging (marketing mistake!). There is some lactose in the Coldcalm as an inactive ingredient, but I've never had an issue with it.
I get these at Walgreens!
Happy (natural) healing!