Cold Remedies

cold remedies

Some people are into sharing but when it comes to the cold or flu, I say keep it to yourself.

It used to be when people got sick, they stayed home. Today they go to work and go out in public and inadvertently share their germs.

GG has managed to keep from going down, except for this week. It was inevitable, or so it seems, since I spent time in closed, confined spaces with two pals who were coughing–and sure enough I went down for the count–three full days and only just now am I up for a hour or so.

Now I don’t suffer from asthma too much these days but when I get stuff in the chest it gets that nasty gurgle and makes it hard to breathe. Then there is the hacking from the coughing…I’ll spare you all the details except to say that it moved into my sinuses today and I managed to get some relief for a little while.

I haven’t eaten in three days and my muscles are sore from the heavy coughing.


I hate taking any kind of drugs or medications but I knew this was going to be a whopper and so I powered down a few trusty over-the-counter aids in addition to the home remedies.

And then, like most things, I figured I’d look into some of those remedies I remember well. It turns out that there is some validity to them!

Lemon, Honey & Hot Water
Drinking plenty of liquids can help with a cold and actually loosen congestion and prevents dehydration.

Salt Water or Saline Solution
If you have a sore throat, adding 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water and gargling can relieve the soreness or scratchiness. I have one of those Neti pots at home and that or saline nasal drops can help combat stuffiness and congestion.

Chicken Soup
On the menu tonight? Chicken soup! Believe it or not it does help relieve cold and flu symptoms. It acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils and then temporarily helps increase the movement of mucus which helps relieve congestion.

Over-the-Counter Meds
These offer some symptom relief, but don’t prevent a cold or shorten its duration. I used one to help my body move the mucous out of my lungs more easily.

What I learned this time was that cold viruses thrive in dry conditions which is why they are more common in winter. (Plus confinement I’d suspect.) A humidifier can add moisture to your home but make sure to change the water daily and to clean the unit to avoid bacteria or other crud.

So do you have any home remedies to suggest? Do share in the comments!

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4 Responses to “Cold Remedies

  • 1
    February 5th, 2011 07:33

    Everything with fresh (= raw) garlic, onion or black radish. However, the first two “medications” only if you stay at home for at least three days 😉

    Homemade Cough Syrup

    1 Black Spanish Round (it’s fresh when the skin is tight and it should be of about fist-size)
    1 TBS rock sugar (brown if you like, but white will do too)
    1 cup, jar or glass (in size a bit smaller than the radish)
    a kitchen knife, a spoon and a thin knitting needle

    Wash the radish and pat it dry. Remove with the knife each a flap at its underside (where the root comes out) and upperside (where the green comes out). The cut at the underside should be very small, perhaps of the size of a fingernail – it’s just to get rid of the last remnants of the root and remove the skin from the white flesh. On the upperside, you should cut out much more: a slab as if you want to prepare an apple for backing it. This slab will be later used as lid. Now, from the upperside out, dig a cave into the radish (preferably shaped like a upside-down turned cone). It don’t need to be very deep, I would recommend not to go deeper than half of the radish. Finally, from the deepest point of the hollow put the needle through the radish until it appears in the middle of the cut-out at the underside. Put knife and needle aside, place the radish on the cup (or jar or pot or …) – it should sit a the rim of the cup, not touching the walls or bottom. Spoon the rock sugar into the cave of the radish and place the cut off lid on it. It doesn’t matter if the cavity don’t take all the sugar. Build little heap, it will sink in in a couple of days. Store the cup with the radish in your fridge and be patient. From where the needle punctured the radish, its juice will drip as syrup. More than a tablespoon a day of this syrup you wont get and that not longer than for a week. Then you need a new radish. Caution: Take the syrup as it comes, don’t pour it into hot tea, heat reduces its potency.

  • 2
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    February 5th, 2011 09:30

    Interesting, did you forget something? You said the first two…

  • 3
    February 5th, 2011 10:02

    ‘sry! Medication one: garlic. Mediation two: onion. Those are the two with smelly side effects. Medication three: black radish is the one without.

  • 4
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    February 5th, 2011 10:06

    Oh, so you can do it with either garlic OR onion OR black radish. I get it. Yeah, it would be a bit stinky! But then nobody wants to get near you with the stuff anyway.