Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works

Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works
Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works

Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works offers what some may call generational or folk remedies. As you may know doctors often dismiss ‘folk remedies’ as quaint, not effective or potentially unsafe. Research has now found that some traditional natural remedies work as well, or even better, than prescribed and or over-the-counter drugs.

The traditional remedies (also known as folk remedies) are safer than drugs because they rarely cause side effects or interact with other medical treatments. My sister and I grew up on a farm where we learned at early ages of the plant and root medicinal powers that can be grown from the earth.

As I’ve stated on other hubs in earlier childhood year’s grandmother was what my sister and I lovingly call her “the root doctor” of the family. Grandmother always had a remedy for whatever ailment an individual might have. My sister the nurse an RN, MHA (Masters Health Care Admin), CCM (Certified Case Manager) decided to put together some of the folk remedies that scientists now believe works for colds, viruses, and flu.

Cold Relief

Common Colds

Please note I have not tried the remedy suggested in the above video so I'm not sure if it works. However, there is a good reason that mothers have long advocated chicken soup as an effective cold remedy. Studies have confirmed that chicken soup increases the activity of antiviral immune cells and at the same time reduces throat and sinus inflammation.

Garlic (Allium sativum), like other plants, has an exquisite defense system composed of as many different components as the human immune system. Garlic is a natural antibiotic with antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties. In order to protect itself from insects and fungi, garlic enzymatically produces its chemical compound allicin, (an organo-sulfur compound) released when it is injured. In the body, allicin act as a decongestant and an expectorant. So, when you have a bad cold, what is even better than chicken soup? Try chicken soup with a minced clove of raw garlic.

Nagging Cough

A cough results when nerves in the respiratory tract are irritated by a cold, flu or other type of illness. Coughing is your body's way of removing foreign substances and mucus from your lungs and upper airway passages. A cough that’s wet contains mucus and or phlegm, which when loosened, can be exported (coughed) from the respiratory system.

For a wet cough try this:

Bring about 4-6 cups of water in a pot to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat, and add three drops of eucalyptus oil. Lean over the pot with a towel draped over your head. Inhale the steam breathing deeply in and exhaling out several times. The eucalyptus oil infused with the steam from the water helps to open nasal and bronchial passages and expel phlegm.

A hot shower will also help to loosen congestion in the sinus cavities and upper respiratory system. Try either remedy twice a day and or a combination of both. Also see Therapeutic Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, and Sinus Allergies for more healing and soothing herbs and plant oils to assist in treating a cold and or preventing the flu.

For a dry cough try this:

It’s really true, hot tea will soothe not only a sore throat, but will also help to loosen congestion in the respiratory system. Try making a cup of tea from wild cherry bark. Just measure one teaspoon of dried, chopped cherry bark into an eight-ounce cup, and pour boiling water over the bark. Cover the cup, and let steep for 15 – 20 minutes. Drink one cup three times a day.

A Sore Throat

A sore throat usually is a symptom of getting a cold or illness. To treat a sore throat, there are a variety of remedies available.

Try something sweet: Honey and Tea

Honey and Tea for a sore throat have been recommended for hundreds of years. This old fashioned cure for a sore throat is quite simple. Take one tablespoon of honey and mix it with hot water and lemon, or tea. Then drink slowly. The honey will soothe your throat, and reduces the inflammation.

Try something sour: Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix two teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in one glass of warm water. Gargle a mouthful, spit it out, and then swallow a mouthful. Keep doing this until you finish the glass. Repeat the entire process every hour. Within three to four hours, the sore throat usually starts to feel much better.

Still sore? Try a combination of sweet and sour

Try drinking pineapple juice. It contains healing enzymes that soothe irritated throat tissues and may help them heal faster.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities behind the facial bones around the nose and eyes. It can cause difficulty breathing as well as facial tenderness and headaches.

What you can do

Add one-half teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water. Cup some of the solution in your palm and sniff deeply into each nostril. Do this up to three times a day to reduce swelling of the sinus lining, promote better drainage and inhibit growth of harmful organisms. Or you can use a commercially prepared saline spray and or a Neti pot. Also, you might like to read more about seasonal allergies on the hub titled, Home Remedies for Seasonal Allergy Symptoms.

In the meantime

Avoid milk, cheese and other dairy foods during sinusitis flare-ups. Dairy triggers the production of excess mucus and excess mucus plugs the sinus cavities, limiting sinus drainage, which leads to accumulation of bacteria and ultimately infection.

Cure A Sty on the Eye?

The increased stress from having to deal with a cold or flu, plus the added bacteria attacking the body could cause an individual prone to get a sty to have one. As soon as you feel a sty coming on, rub the area a few times with a gold ring. The gold may prevent it from becoming one of those atrocious, full blown infections that can linger for a week or more.

Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works

Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works
Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works

“Shoo Flu don’t Bother Me”

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.  Some people, such as the elderly, young children, and people with compromised health conditions, are at a higher risk for serious flu complications.

Every year in the United States, on average:

 •5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;

•more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and;

• about 36,000 people die from flu.

Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works
Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works

What can I Do to Protect Myself?

My sister believes the best way to protect your love ones and yourself against influenza viruses, and or the flu, is by proactively getting a flu vaccination each year. She has been clinically taught that in order to help prevent a flu epidemic, and or seasonal flu panic, everyone should receive the seasonal flu vaccine. The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance, CDC, and scientists’ estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year (seasonal flu). About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection begin to circulate through the body.

If you read some of my previous hubs then you know that I’ve stated that I do not take the flu vaccination. So, I guess you can see that my sister (although she’s the nurse) and I have a difference of opinion on this matter. We have learned to accept and respect each other’s views and allow the other to make the decision for herself. I have to mention that my sister usually has a bout with the flu every year and I normally do not. Again the only two times that I’ve been put to bed with the flu for weeks was when I took the flu shots. So, as far as the flu shots are concerned, “Do you.”

Of course, if you are under constant care of a physician there’s a 99.9999 percent chance that he or she will definitely agree with my sister, however, perform your own research, take your other illnesses into consideration, look at your past history, and whatever else you need to do to make a decision that is right for you.

Vitamin C

In the 70’s everyone was encouraged to take lots of vitamin C whenever the first symptoms of a cold began. However, researchers’ years later are still attempting to discount and or valid that vitamin C is good for treating a cold. According to the WebMD a study in July 2007 attempting to resolve this question by reviewing 60 years of clinical research; their findings revealed that taking vitamin C after a cold starts does not help to make the cold shorter or less severe.

However, 8% of adults and 14% of children that take vitamin C as a routine daily supplement does receive benefits of having a slightly shorter cold duration. It also revealed that people who were in extreme conditions like marathon runners, who took vitamin C daily cut their risk of catching a cold in half. This study seems to agree with the researchers that say vitamin C can assist in building the immune system. So, vitamin C can be a proactive prevention step to take in keeping one’s immune system strong to fight catching a cold or flu.

Good Health Habits for Flu Prevention - Naturally

My sister and I do agree that good health habits like:

  • Covering your mouth when you cough and washing your hands often can help prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth due to the spread of germs.

Practice other good routine health habits, in order to maintain a strong immune system:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Be physically active
  • Manage your stress
  • Drink plenty of fluids be sure to include green tea
  • Eat nutritious food like berries that are high in antioxidants
  • Implement good bacteria into your diet by drinking probiotics

Naturopathy Remedies to Prevent Flu

Seek natural and herbal remedies early by being proactive and purchasing products and having them on hand at the being of the cold and flu season. Keeping your immune system high and well supported is one of the key factors to avoiding the flu. This year I learned that therapeutic essential oils can fight against bacterial and viral germs that can colds, viruses, and the flu. If you are exposed to someone who is ill, try these natural remedies for a few days to boost your immune system:

Echinacea herbal extract - Extracts or liquid form hold their potency better than pills and can sit on shelves for months. However, don’t take Echinacea for more than a week at a time or it will lose its effectiveness. During the cold and flu season in the past I have taken Echinacea routinely one week out of a month as an immune booster. I usually try to pick a week that I know is going to be stressful and take the extract.

Elderberry extract – This extract is used to kill a virus before it gets hold of the body; however on must be sure and take elderberry with some food to avoid possibly getting an upset the stomach.

Garlic- That’s right fresh garlic fights and defeats virus’ in your body. As discussed earlier this herb packs a powerful punch in assisting with an illness as well as can be used to prevent bouts with colds and flu. The flu season is a good time to have fresh garlic butter routinely.

Cayenne pepper- Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) states that if you have a cold you should heat your body. So spice it up by making a bowl of soup and putting as much cayenne pepper in it as you can tolerate. Or try adding additional cayenne pepper to one of your favorite black or green teas.

A homeopathic remedy for the flu is Oscillocococcinum, which comes in small vials of powder and should be taken within a certain time period once you believe you have been exposed to a viral infection.

Conclusion

This concludes Colds Viruses and Flu: Simple Remedies that Works and as always its been a pleasure to share writing a hub with my sister. I hope you have found this hub useful and informative. Perhaps your family has a traditional cold remedy that you would like to share in the comments below.

Namaste'

Disclaimer: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should do your own research, and then consult your present physician. If your doctor does not believe in alternative medicines and you would like to give them a try then find a reputable doctor, TCM specialist, certified herbalist or naturopathist familiar with alternative medicines that can assist you in deciding what treatments might meet your specific needs.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Money Glitch, You listed a few things I had not heard of before. Natural is always better than prescriptions if you can avoid them.

I have to side with your sister on the flu vaccine. They use dead vaccine and you don't get the flu from the shot like you did a couple of decades ago. I always get the shot, never get the flu. The last time I got the flu I went into a lupus crisis about 20 years ago (which was before I knew I had lupus) and I have never been back into a full remission. I guess my story is different than most people.

Very excellent tips to treat illnesses. Rated up!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up & beautiful! good to read you again and thanks for the great advise. GO VOLS...


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Thank you! I love useful information that comes in a timely manner. As I currently have a cold this is most timely. While I had heard of a few of the aforementioned, I had not heard of many and I am eager to try them as I despise going to the doctor.

Voted up and useful!

I do not have a cold/flu home remedy but will share my dear departed granny's home remedy for boils and cysts... cream of Tartar. (yes, the spice you use to stiffen egg whites). Mix a heaping spoonful in as little water as you can and drink it. It really works! It does have a side effect though. It will knock you out for eight hours. But when you wake up your problem will be gone.


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Boomer60 6 years ago

I will definitely be using the vinegar treatment for a sore throat. I had not heard of this one before. I gargle a lot with mouthwash but vinegar is way cheaper.


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lisabeaman 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

My husband swears that gargling warm salt water will soothe a sore throat. No one likes this suggestion - it's not pleasant - but it does seem to work. Great hub with some good ideas. Voted up and useful!

Pamela - I have lupus too...


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Pamela99 - Wow thanks for sharing your story Pam. As far as the flu shot goes, please continue to "do you". This is one of those subjects that everyone has to do what they feel is best for their bodies. Thanks for the support and the read. :)

@samson1 - Thanks for the read samson and I'll be pulling for the ole home state as well. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@poetvix - Hi poetvix,I am so sorry you have a cold. Hope you feel better really soon. Thanks for your granny's home remedy this is a very interesting one. One thing about granny's remedies regardless of what it was it did seem to always help one to sleep better. :)

@Boomer - My sister used the vinegar gargle a few weeks ago when she was developing a sore throat. It works but like the salt solution it does burn a little. Best wishes! :)

@lisabeaman - Oh yes, the gargling with warm salty water. I've learned that if you can get the right amount of salt to water ratio it is not too bad. The only thing is right that right ratio. Too little or too much salt makes the gargling burn. :( But after that first time it's not too bad if you keep the process up. Thanks for the read and the reminder on this one. :)


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Eugene Sung 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Hi, I learned so much about folk remedies I had never heard of. I don't get sick that often (thankfully), but when I do I will be sure to try these out!

I also do not believe the flu vaccine is necessary or 100% safe, so I have not gotten a flu shot yet. But I get less sick than some people who get their shot every year, so hopefully things stay that way.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I've used many of these Colds Viruses and Flu Remedies and yes they really work. I'm excited about the new information and tips. I will keep this on hand, book marked, rated up and sharing this vital helpful winter health tips so we can all enjoy a less severe colds and viruses season. Much stuff is already running rampid through the schools. Peace and Thanks :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Eugene S - Hi Eugene, thanks for sharing your thoughts. As I'm sure you know the key to staying healthy starts with a good diet and exercise. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. :)

@katiem2 - Hi Katie, you are right we have already had our first wave of colds and flu within the office. Please do share with others so that more can have hopefully less severe colds and viruses this year. Thanks for the read and the ratings. :)


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

excellent work here, I use alternative/natural medication myself. You did such a great job here. ~aloha~


Ken Moncrieff 6 years ago

Hi, a very interesting article, I will down load the information as presented and trust it does the trick. I am talking here about sinus problems and the inevitable fever blister - cold sore. Sometimes I have the dreaded cold sore so bad on my lips - it hurts to even laugh. And don't mention salt!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Sa'ge - I like to use alternative/natural medicines as well. I guess you can tell by what I love to write about. Thanks for the kind comments and for stopping by for a read.:)

@Ken M- Hopefully you will read my Therapeutic Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, and Sinus Allergies as well. There are some preventions there that might prevent you from catching a cold. Good luck on your quest of fighting off colds this year. Thanks for the read. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@kathleen-j - Hi Kathleen, I'm sorry to hear that you are fighting a cold right now. Hopefully, drinking more fluids and some of the other suggestions within this hub or my other wellness hubs will help you recover soon. Thanks for the read. :)


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

This is a very timely hub. Cold and flu season is coming soon. I'll make sure I have all these ingredients in my kitchen. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Om, that is what I usually try to do as well. Is to have everything on hand. Believe it or not part of the key to overcoming a cold or flu is to catch it early when it first begins. Many people delay buying medication or taking natural remedies for a few days and then try to treat it, which makes it last a lot longer. Thanks for the read. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks NeilMed for stopping by and making such a nice offer to those that choose to participate. :)


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nifty@50 6 years ago

Great tips to bookmark! Chicken soup has always been my secret weapon for sore throat or sinus congestion, but I'm willing to try alternatives!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

moneyglitch- This is my favorite moneyglitch hub! I'm bookmarking it for flu/cold season!Rate up!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@nifty@50 - Yes chicken soup is a favorite of mine as well. And once I start feeling better throw some dumplings in and I'm a happy little patient. LOL! Thanks for stopping by nifty. :)

@bayoulady - Thanks for the bookmarking bayoulady. I appreciate you stopping by for a read. :)


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

I love that you teach the Garlic cold and flu remedies! I swear by the stuff. If at all possible, the home remedies are always tried first. Great use of images and a superior layout.

Money Glitch, you always offer such great information with practical applications. Always a fan, up and shared!

K9


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Carrie.M 6 years ago from MI, United States

Definitely a timely hub given that the cold and flu season is upon us! Keeping your fluids up is often mentioned as a “must do” when suffering from a cold or flu, but I have found drinking Gatorade very beneficial. The boost in electrolytes and carbs really helps perk me up. I am not sure if it helps me get over the cold/flu quicker but I definitely don’t feel as bad.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Very useful and informative! Thanks for sharing! =)


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malsawmi 6 years ago from Bangalore

Nice hub, thanks for sharing:)


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Thanks for the tips and natural cures. I will pass it on; but I hope I don't need them this year.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@K9keystrokes - Hi K9 thanks for stopping by for a read, I’m glad you have found this hub informative. I love garlic as well it can act almost as well as some antibiotics that are on the market. Thanks for the rating. :)

@Carrie. M – Hi Carrie, now Gatorade sounds like a great ideal. As you said it boost electrolytes adds carbs and helps to keep one hydrated. It’s so hot in Texas that I keep Gatorade on hand at all times so, I will definitely give this a try. Thanks for the read and sharing a good tip for bouncing back from a cold and flu. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@DjBryle – Hi Dj, thanks for the read and rating. :)

@malsawmi - You are so welcome, thanks for the read :)

@2besure – Hi 2besure, I agree with you I hope not to have to use them either. LOL! Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)


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CarpetDiem 6 years ago from Southern California

I would LOVE to find a way to keep from getting colds! I HATE COLDS! I didn't see any mention of Vitamin C in your hub. I knew a lot of people when I was growing up that swore by it (for preventing colds) but I haven't heard much about it lately.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hey Carpet Diem - I decided to do a little research on the vitamin C question. It seems vitamin C acts better as a prevention step in fighting off a cold or flu when taken daily. I add the info above. Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)


.BadCompany 6 years ago

Reinvented myself, again lol ; )


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Cool, I'm going to fan you right now. :)


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kubth 6 years ago from UK

Already picked up a little cold since the weather here turned lame. Great Hub!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Kubth - So sorry that the cold bug has found you. Get well soon. You might want to bookmark this hub along with the one I've written on Essential Oils for the Colds and Flu. They should help you to weather the cold and flu season a little better the rest of the year. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thank you so much, my friend for share this tips for us. I believe this information useful for us. My country facing bad weather right now, sometimes very "hot" but it could change directly become rainy. The bad weather make us easily to get colds and flu. I'll share this information to my family, my friend and my neighbor. Vote this up.

Blessing,


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MKayo 6 years ago from Texas

Very extensive research - you really put a lot into this Hub. Learned a great deal about colds, etc. Thanks!


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chubatemjen 6 years ago

A concise and very useful article in dealing with everyday cold...traditional herbs are readily available and seems to be very effective.


vibhavram 6 years ago

These remedies are excellent but I think we must considered alternatives only because we must not take chances with this dangerous virus.


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Ingenira 6 years ago

Another excellent hub ! I have learnt a few tips here.

As for myself, when I have soar throat, I normally take some salty water before going to bed. It often helps.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@prasetio30 – Hi prasetio, you are right, alternating hot and cold weather can weaken one’s immune system and bring on colds and flu. Be sure to share Therapeutic Essential Oils for Colds, Flu and Sinus Allergies as well, this hub has some preventive measures to help avoid catching a cold. Thanks for the read my friend, it is always good to hear from you. :)

@MKayo – Thanks MKayo, my goal in writing is for my readers to learn something from each of my hubs. Just my way of showing appreciation. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@chubatemjen – Hi, you are correct that traditional herbs are useful when one has a cold; my plan is to provide more info on this as time permits. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@vibhavram – Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

@Ingenira – You are correct Ingenira, warm salty water does work well; provided that you start gargling at the first sign of the soar throat. Thanks for sharing your remedy and for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

You're right, Money Glitch. Our ancestors aka grandmothers handed down natural remedies proven effective and cost less. I learned many unorthodox remedies from this hub that I can add to my list, aside from my usual hydrotherapy for coughs and common colds. Thank you.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Lita, interesting I never thought about using hydrotherapy for colds. Thanks for sharing that remedy and thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting.


map65 6 years ago

great info - thank you for sharing!


daisyhub 6 years ago

My dad is from Ireland and was subjected to the most awful winters when he was growing up, but to this day, he swears by One heaped tablespoon of sugar with fish and chip vinegar sprinkled over the top for a sore throat. It tastes absolutely awful but it really does work.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Good info, although for me the best remedy is time! :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@map65 - Thanks you. :)

@daisyhub - Hi daisyhub, yes, I have to agree with you it sounds like it would taste awful, but I'm sure this combination would be very similar to apple cider vinegar, and it will work for a sore throat. If a person is brave enough to try it. LOL! Thanks for the read and sharing your family's remedy for a sore throat. :)

@stephhicks68 - Hi Steph, Taking time to rest and de-stress definitely assists a person's body to heal. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)


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tristand 6 years ago

Great information. It's amazing how many potential remedies we have lying around the home!


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PZigney 6 years ago

Seriously informative hub. Thanks. I should be safe from the flu this season!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@tristand - I have to agree that nature has provided some amazing remedies that we can use, once we learn about them. Check back in a few days for another hub with more remedies. Thanks for stopping by. :)

@PZigney - You are welcome and good luck on your quest to stay healthy this flu season. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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amsmoving 6 years ago

this was a very interesting post, I made a hub page awhile back focusing on getting people prepared for the winter flu but I have to say that you definitely have posed some other aspects and remedies that did not come to my mind when I was create my hub page awhile back. Thanks for the information and I hope to read more of your post in the future...


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by for a read and sharing your thoughts. :)


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carter13estes 6 years ago

It is a very informative hub for those who really suffering from..various disease..


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muriahgorde 6 years ago from New York

Thanks for the great advice! I am also suffering every year when the cold comes.


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McConnell Group 6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

We're getting to that season, I find that peppermint tea in the night and a glass of OJ in the morning Always help.


houlian 6 years ago

Thank you for this excellent hub. When the cold comes around i am sure to be ready for the fight. I recently just got over a cold, i only wish i could have found you sooner.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@carter13estes – Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@muriahgorde – You are welcome Muriah, thanks for stopping by to read and comment. :)

@McConnell Group – Thanks for sharing the home remedies that work for you and your family. The tea is soothing and relaxing before bed and the OJ gives one a good dose of vitamin C to start off the morning. Again thanks for sharing. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@houlian - Hi Houlian, You are welcome and hoping you will stay well for the rest of the cold and flu season. Thanks for the read. :)


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Wow, this is such a helpful hub. I find chicken soup really useful and use it often whenever I feel a cold coming or am in the throes of it. I stand by the neti pot too. I love the depth of information contained in this hub. Rated useful and awesome.


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warwickcleaners 6 years ago from Warwickshire

This is a very detailed, well researched Hub. Well done Money Glitch.

And just in time for flu season too. Thanks!


jesslearn 6 years ago

I've always wanted to try the eucalyptus treatment because when I get the cold my lungs take it HARD. Will have to keep these other tips in mind too. Now, just have to remember to use them when the time actually comes around!


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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

This is one that will definitely come in handy for me this winter! I'm always looking for an effective cold remedy.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@anglnwu – Hi anglnwu, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I like chicken soup as well. Sometimes in the winter I have a bowl ‘just because’ it warms you up and makes you to feel good on the inside. :)

@warwickcleaners – Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@jesslearn – Hi jesslearn be sure to read my hub on therapeutic essential oils that can assist during the cold and flu season as well. Thanks for the read and sharing your thoughts. :)

@lender3212000 – Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hopefully, the tips I have shared will help many to sufferer a little less with colds this year. Thanks for the read. :)


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parkersarah8415 6 years ago from USA

This is really interesting and extremely useful. I clicked on a few links and checked out some of the products for cough/ throat relief. They really work, I have used some of them.


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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

These are great tips. I use the neti pot for sinus and it works really well.


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nikitha p 6 years ago from India

It sound like great cure thanks for a nice hub.


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rabiemahamad 6 years ago

hi dear how are you

Thank you I liked your great work


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rmills123 6 years ago from Ecru,Ms

Nice content keep up the good work this hub helped me out a lot. Many thanks


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@parkersarah – Thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

@Wendy K – Hi Wendy, I agree the neti pot has helped to reduce my problems during the allergy season as well. Thanks for commenting. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@nikitha p – You are welcome thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

@rabiemahamad - You are welcome thanks for stopping by. :)

@rmills123 – Thank you, I glad you have found the hub useful. Thanks for commenting. :)


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jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

Ginger punch and lots and lots of water could be one thing that could help ease this simple ailments. =) like your hub. Thanks!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi jeanie; Hhhhmmm that ginger punch sounds really good. I'm going to have to find a recipe. Ginger is soooo good for you why wait to get a cold to have some ginger punch. Hehehe! I also agree that lots of water to flush out the toxins is good for an individual as well. Thanks for the read and sharing your insight. :)


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Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

Thank YOU for the tips I believe heavily in prevention thus taking tablets daily .. however once in a blue moon such as now a cold sneeks in for a day or 2 .. so will add in that honey to my tea this afternoon .. thanks much!

~Expect Miracles


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Sorry to hear that a cold is trying to sneak in on you now. Of course, with our constant fight against pollution, free radicals, allergies, and other stuff in the air it can easily happen to anyone when you least expect it.

However, I think you will agree that by taking actions to keep one's immune system healthy as you have done; the cold will be less severe than with someone who's immune system is really low. Thanks for the read and sharing your thoughts. :)


mgiles206 6 years ago

This article was really helpful and learned a lot of good info


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Wahine 6 years ago from California

This is an awesome hub! Thank you so much for all the good info.


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Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

yes I agree and thank YOU for your kind words helps too. Also feel it doesn't last anywhere near as long for me as others because of the actions taken.

Ummm question though got a HUB for what to do about my sticky keyboard and mouse now from the honey? Smiles =)

~Expect Miracles


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midnightbliss 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

thanks, very informative hub, its very timely that rainy season has already started here in our country.


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homeopathicacne 6 years ago from US, New York

very good hub. I actually seeking for an effective cold therapy.


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Matthew Leo 6 years ago

Nicely Done. My sinuses are killing me, so I guess I am going to try the salt water trick. Not looking forward it.


hubpageswriter 6 years ago

Very useful hub indeed. I used to treat dry throat with a wet throat remedy and it just didn't work. Knowing the right type of viruses and flu and applying the right method to curb them is important. Cool.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@mgiles206 – Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

@Wahine - You are welcome, hope it helps you and your family to stay well this winter season. :)

@Shane B – LOL, oops sorry I can’t help you there. Honey is kinda sticky and messy, but it is sooo good for you. I usually try to get one in a squeeze bottle for that reason. I see, you are smiling, you must be feeling a little better. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@midnightbliss – You are welcome midnightbliss. Ooohhh, if we could just skip the cold wet rainy season, then lots of people could avoid getting sick. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world the onset of winter begins with a rainy season. Thanks for commenting. :)

@homeopathicacne - Good luck on your quest to stay healthy and remember the ‘key’ is that if you think you are getting a cold. You probably are, so bring out the teas, and home remedies then. Thanks for the read. :)

@Matthew Leo – Using the neti pot to me is easy. However, prior to the discovery of using it I will admit that the idea of snorting salt water up my nose like my parents did was very unappealing to me, as well. :) Thanks for the read and good luck with the salt water trick. :)

@hubpageswriter – Yeah HPW, I know what you mean; there is nothing worse than having a dry throat and a hacking cough. Wetting your throat might work short term, but in the long run it seems to make everything worse. Thanks for stopping by for a read and sharing your thoughts. :)


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beth811 6 years ago from Philippines

What a comprehensive and timely hub! Thanks for sharing. Bookmarked!


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InfinityVal 6 years ago from NNY

Thanks for the helpful hints. I'm hoping I've raised my vitamin d level enough to avoid getting these bugs this year.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@beth811 - You are welcome Beth, thanks for the read, commenting, and the bookmarking. Hopefully this hub will help to bring wellness to your family during this cold and flu season.

@InfinityVal - Taking preventative measures is a good idea. You might like to check out my hub on essential oils that fight colds and flu. As well as there will be another hub published in a few days. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

Oh yes much much much better today glad it is pretty much gone now 2 days are enough for me ..... still working on the sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssstttttttttttttiiiiiiiiiiicccccccccckkkkkkkyyyyyyyyyy part ... ooops sorry finners got stuck ... ehheheheheee

~Expect Miracles


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bushraismail 6 years ago from ASIA

very helpful. how can u sit and write such a long hub.

great.


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cwarden 6 years ago from USA

Thanks so much for this useful information. I will bookmark this hub, as I am always looking for way to get over colds.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Shane B - LOL, sounds like that honey has you in a sticky situation. :) Glad to hear you are recovering from your cold very rapidly. Needless to say that is the advantage of being proactive in supporting your immune system as you have done. Take care. :)

@bushraismail – Thank you. I never complete a hub at one sitting. Most take lots of hours and research. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@cwarden – Thanks for the bookmarking and good luck on your quest to staying healthy this cold and flu season. Thanks for the read and commenting. :)


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calebacea097 6 years ago

My grandmother used to give us a wee bit of rum to soothe us to sleep


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Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

yes did get a bit sticky there for a bit .. thankfully my pal knows a guy .. well ok a bear by the name of Pooh and hooked me up with some other salutions to my sticky situation .. smiles.

Agree though I like taking care of it rahter then sitting arround complaining seems to work better for me I will remember these tips in a couple of years when the next cold may attempt to stop by.

Again Thank YOU much!

~Expect Miracles


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@calebacea097 - I can relate, except being from Tennessee we got the Irish Whiskey instead of rum. Used to be some of the best sleep in the world as I remember. LOL! Thanks for sharing. :)

@Shane B - You welcome Shane and thanks for the laughs along the way. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

@rajgopal - I've deleted all your comments on my hubs because it is considered by most Hubbers' here to be very rude to promote your hubs the way that you have. See HP's rules below the comment section and please adhere to them. Or you will run the risk of being identified as a spammer. Thanks! :)


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Codebreak 6 years ago from Erwin, TN

Something my grandma made for me and I still use was a glass of aloe Vera with lemon juice and honey it looks disgusting but I had lost my voice for 3 days and it wasn't until I drank a glass of this that it came back.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Codebreak, isn't it funny that some of the most disgusting looking concoctions are the ones that work the best. Thanks for sharing your grandma's recipe to assist with a lost voice. :)


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

These days, it really is hard and tough to get sick. I have tried something similar to one that you mentioned. I boiled water, placed the water in a cup then stirred in a teaspoon of Vicks. It sure relieved my breathing.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Oh Yes, got to have some Vicks in your household. It really helps one to breathe through those colds. I also like to put a little in the ole humidifier and run it at night to get a good night's rest. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your remedy.:)


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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

Great hub on remedies for natural ways to rid the cold or almost any aliment.


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homeremedies4u 5 years ago from United States

Wow, excellent Hub!!! I especially like the Cherry Bark Tea for dry coughs. As for the Flu Shot, it's all a matter of personal opinion. I think it's a good idea for the elderly and younger children to get the shot since they're the ones who are more prone to Flu complications. Personally, I've never had a flu shot and have never had the flu.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and insight on colds, viruses, and the flu. :)


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

This is a well-written hub with invaluable info tips for colds and flu. I'm an oregano user- leaves mashed, boiled, or heated. I use the commercial dried leaves on my spaghetti! For the flu, I get regular shots yearly, a must for a diabetic. Thanks for sharing this.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Lisa, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insight concerning the natural healthy remedies that works for you in fighting colds, viruses, and flu.


Bovine colostrum 5 years ago

The remedies mentioned above are quite good, I had soar throat, did try and it worked for me.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story. :)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Glad you found it useful. :) Thanks for the read. :)


M. Hopson 5 years ago

Sometimes when I have sore throat or cough, I gargle salt-water solution and it does help me release the phlegm. To strengthen my immune system, I make it my daily routine to take vitamin C. I also take probiotics which i got here http://probiotics.mercola.com/probiotics.html and I think they also have them in powdered form for people having difficulty swallowing capsules (although I haven't tried that yet).


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi M. Hopson, thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience of simple remedies that works against colds, viruses, and the flu. It is really great that probiotics is readily available from such a wide array of resources now to help support our immune systems. Namaste' :)


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midnightbliss 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

i always prefer natural remedies for simple ailments, this hub is very helpful and i learned new new home remedies, thanks for sharing.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thx for stopping by and commenting :)


Sandra 4 years ago

Best thing I ever knew about probiotics is what Dr. Mercola talsk about on his video. I suggest you better watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neHbUI2JiPw


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Money Glitch 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

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