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Home Remedies for Colds

What are some of your best home remedies?

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Cafe Jenn

Asked by Cafe Jenn at 1:40 PM on Dec. 15, 2009 in Health

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  • raw garlic
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:51 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

  • a chair outside a shower with then and away from the shower a warm wash cloth on my eyes and nose. Saline nose spray sold over the counter plus for us Clariton D and water squirt bottles for our sore throats combined with cold or room temperature tasting (still cool tasting) applesauce taken in small bites.

    When we're lucky enough to do all that at close to the beginning of colds then they hardly ever go into any kind of infection.

    hate colds!!!!!!!!!!
    lfl

    Answer by lfl at 1:58 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

  • A neti pot for nasal congestion. Helps get all the mucus out better than anything you can take.
    dawpea

    Answer by dawpea at 2:02 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

  • Avoid dairy while you are sick – it can increase the amount of mucus your body produces. Peppermint tea is great! Peppermint is a natural decongestant; just be sure that peppermint is the only ingredient. Honey (antibacterial) and cayenne pepper (anti-inflammatory) is the best cough syrup.throat soother. Emergen-C will help you stay hydrated and give you an energy boost; be sure to mix it with cold water. The lowest price is at Trader Joes, though it is sold just about everywhere (Target, Walgreens, etc.). I am a big believer in the power of foods. This healing foods pyramid from the University of Michigan is great: http://www.med.umich.edu/umim/food-pyramid/index.htm  cont.

    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:09 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

  • Get some Elderberry syrup. The FDA criticized the manufacturer of Tamiflu for "overstatement" of claims of efficacy, since blind studies comparing it to a placebo only resulted in a 1.3 day difference. A study on Sambucol (Elderberry) found a 3-4 day difference in duration of symptoms.
    Most important, stay well hydrated!
    Feel better
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:10 PM on Dec. 15, 2009

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