Best OTC Drugs 2024

Best OTC Choices in Homeopathic Cold Products

A cold can trigger discomfort in your head or chest, including nasal congestion, a runny nose and general malaise. Here are Money’s picks for the best cold products that are homeopathic — as in, that use natural substances to treat symptoms of the condition. We’ve included information on the picks’ active ingredients along with general notes about efficacy and side effects.

These products are among 16 types of cough, cold and allergy treatments assessed for us by, using a methodology that combines expert assessment with analysis of online reviews, ratings and other customer data.

The information provided on is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The products featured may not be right for everyone and may carry risk even if available without a prescription. Read the product’s label and consult with a professional for individual medical advice.

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Active Ingredients
Important Points
Oscillococcinum by Boiron Anas barbariae
  • Safe in children 2 years and older
  • Non-drowsy
  • Dissolves under the tongue
Coldcalm by Boiron Allium cepa, Apis mellifca, Belladonna, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Gelsemium sempervirens, Kali bichromicum, Nux vomica, Phytolacca decandra, Pulsatilla
  • Non-drowsy
  • Dissolveable tablets (age 3 and up) and liquid (age 6 months and up) versions
Hyland's Cold Tablets with Zinc Aconitum napellus, Allium cepa, Gelsemium sempervirens, Zinc gluconate
  • Safe in children 6 years and older
  • Non-drowsy
  • Quick-dissolving tablets
Sambucol Black Elderberry Cold & Flu Relief Tablets Bryonia, Gelsemium sempervirens, Sambuccus nigra, Sulphur, Zincum gluconicum
  • Safe in children 4 years and older
  • Dissolvable tablets
  • Non-drowsy
Zicam Cold Remedy Zinc RapidMelts Zincum aceticum, Zincum gluconicum
  • Available in different flavors
  • Shortens colds
  • Quick-dissolving tablets
  • Non-drowsy
NatraBio Cold and Flu Relief Aconitum napellus, Echinacea angustifolia, Allium cepa, Gelsemium sempervirens, Justicia adhatoda, Kali bichromicum, Pulsatilla nigricans, Sanguinaria canadensis, Sticta pulmonaria
  • Non-drowsy
  • Safe in children 6 years and older
  • Available in tablets
Cold-Eeze Zinc Lozenges Zinc gluconate
  • Shortens cold
  • Sugar-free version
  • Safe in children 12 years and older
Nature's Way Umcka Cough Max Relief Syrup Pelargonium sidoides
  • Homeopathic
  • Available in drink, syrup, drops, chewables
  • Age varies by product
Boericke & Tafel Alpha CF Aconitum napellus , Bryonia , Eucalyptus globulus, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Gelsemium sempervirens, Ipecacuanha, Phosphorus
  • Homeopathic
  • Contains milk and lactose
  • Dissolves under the tongue
  • Safe in children 2 years and older
Similasan Kids Cold & Mucus Relief Belladonna, Drosera, Echinacea, Laurocerasus, Rumex crispus, Senega officinalis, Verbascum thapsus, Zincum metallicum
  • Homeopathic
  • Safe in children 2 years and older
  • No known side effects
  • Gluten free
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