Home Cold Remedies
The boys have graciously shared their colds. This virus have been shared between the three of them for nearly a month. One son actually has been sick all month. My husband and I have escaped this one, or so we thought
This morning my nose is stuffed, my throat is sore, and I have a cough.
Time Seep and rest is a sure way to get over the cold or flue, but few of us have time to rest. This year, three weeks before Christmas, is certainly no exception.
I am desperate. Out of town company is coming to await the birth of grand baby number one. He will be born any day. I have to be healthy for his birth. By the time I am finished with this hub I am hoping the last remedy will have blasted my cold and obliterated the dastardly menace
Join me on my search for the best remedy for the common cold.
First Lines Of Defense
Oscillococcinum and Zicam! Your household should never be without these home cold remedies. At the first sign of a cold or fever take according to directions. While they may not eliminate the cold and flu they do reduce the duration of the of the virus. I add EmergencC to the mix too. At the first sign of this cold I took it and it worked. Then either the thing relapsed, or another virus attacked.
I Can't Believe It
Unbelievable, The baby is still not here and I woke up this morning with another sore throat, there is no Oscillococinum, no Zicam. Everyone has been sick and using the cold supplies. I wish someone had told me we were out.
Second Line Of Defense
Zinc Lozenges. I attacked the sore throat with zinc and lots of green tea and water. No Oscillococcium. No time to buy Oscillococcium. So Zinc will have to do.
Zicam has lots of zinc.
At the first sign of a sore throat sucking on a zinc lozenge will help dramatically. *Be sure to have something in your stomach before you consume zinc. It will upset your stomach when consumed on an empty stomach.
Third Line Of Defense.
Nightquil. Have never tried it before. But here it is in the cupboard. I followed the instructions. Need to sleep without coughing. Slept well and the cold didn't progress. Tried NyQuil a second night. Didn't sleep nearly as well the second night. NyQuil didn't set well with my stomach. Must try something else. The due date has come and gone with no baby.
Add A Humidifyier While You Sleep If You Are In A Cold Dry Climate
A hot air humidifier helps greatly in dry cold climates when you have a cold or wen you are taking antihistamines that dry out nasal passages. Moisture from a humidifier can help your nose work. The nose is lined with little hairs(cilia) which trap foreign objects like pollen and germs. Dry nasal linings are not as effective as moist. Humidifiers also help with dry skin also.
Warning! Humidifiers get hot. Keep a safe distance from them. Be sure you dry the room out everyday to prevent an environment conducive to mold.
Forth Line Of Defense
Hot Toddy. My passionate dislike for lemon and honey in tea, which is very good for a cough, Is making me look for a tea that will make the lemon and honey palatable. Good Earth original flavor tea, lemon and honey tasted good. I could have stopped there. A friend swears by large doses of booze in the tea to obliterate a cold. There was a bottle of Seagram's 7 in my freezer. I have no idea if that is a common place to store whiskey, but someone here apparently thinks so. I add a shot to my tea as I continued to write. I drank it slowly then went to bed. I did sleep very well, until I started hacking around 5am. After a large drink of water propped on pillows I went back to sleep.
Still have green nasty cold symptoms.
Third night, After being told I didn't use enough whiskey I tried a more scientific recipe.
In a large mug:
- 550 milliliters of boiling hot water.
- 1 bag of Good Earth original tea
- 1tablespoon of honey (locally raised honey helps with allergies)
- Juice from half a lemon.
- Two shots of whiskey (about 1/4 cup)
Sip slowly or chug it depending on how much you like the taste. Go directly to bed. I slept very well, but still had symptoms when I woke up 12 hours later. The cold is getting better.
Fifth Line Of Defense Garlic soup
Many years ago Younde Sue and I were in the California Gold country at The Cabin,when she developed a nasty cold. One of our companions had the perfect cure. It was a rainy summer day. He made garlic soup. He boiled a whole head of garlic and boiled it until we all smelled like garlic. Younde Sue drank the steamy broth at some point. The rest of us braved the rain to get away from the smell. She got better by the next day. None of the rest of us got sick. Granted mountain spring water is amazingly delicious, garlic and water never sounded appetizing, but chicken soup is always tasty..
I am desperate to get rid of this cold. The doctor will induce the baby tomorrow.
To make chicken soup combine in a pot:
- 1 quart of chicken broth (Chicken Soup is excellent for colds alone)
- 1/4 cup celery
- 1/4 cup chard
- 1 large head of garlic peeled and sliced
- 1 cup cubed chicken
Simmer until vegetables are tender. Then sip all of it slowly. .
Healthy In Time
While the cold isn't completely gone all the green nasty stuff is gone. When the call came that baby was almost here we were out to dinner and a play. We had enjoyed dinner when the text saying,"Emergency C section, please come!", came from our son.
It was amazing to see my son confidently hold his newborn son. The miracle of new life is better than any Christmas present. As we experienced H.J.'s first Christmas a few days later I began comparing the first Christmas birth to H.J.'s birth. H.J. was born in a clean hospital with doctors and nurses who cared for his mommy's every need before and after the birth. What a contrast to the birth of a baby in a cave with animals for heaters nearly two thousand years ago. It's a miracle that any baby lived through those conditions.
A cold virus usually lasts 7-14 days. Resting and drinking plenty of liquids will help tremendously. I don't claim these remedies will work. Still, sometimes doing something is better than nothing; at least I felt like I was trying to fight off the cold. All that to say, I always feel better, doing something about a problem rather than fretting.
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