Uncommon Common Cold Remedies
Catching a cold sucks. Therefore the best cold remedy is prevention. Sleeping enough, washing your hands, not picking your nose, eating healthy food, exercising regularly - these are all good things to remember when you want to prevent getting a cold. The fact is, however, that no matter how hard we try not to get sick we usually catch at least one cold a year.
Most important thing when you start feeling the symptoms of a cold (sore throat, fever, cough, running nose etc.) is to react quickly. Many times you can avoid the cold if you start taking measures at onset of symptoms. Below you will find three of my favorite methods I use when I start feeling symptoms of a cold.
High dose of vitamin C
At first signs of common cold (or flu), I start taking least 5-8grams of vitamin C as ascorbic acid. I take this dose every half an hour for three to four hours. By that time I have usually reached bowel tolerance, meaning I have a loose stool. After this I cut the dose to 2-4 grams and take this dose every four to six hours. I continue with this dose for a week after the symptoms are gone to prevent recurrence.
At first sign of symptoms of common cold (or flu) lay down apply few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into my ear. Soon there will be some bubbling and in some cases I have felt mild stinging. I usually wait for about 5 to 10 minutes until bubbling subsides or stop and then drain the ear onto tissue and repeat with other ear. Even though this method might sound very scary it is perfectly safe even for children (although they may get scared when the loud bubbling starts and especially if there is some stinging) By the way this is also excellent method for removing ear wax. Please note; If you decide to try this please don't get H2O2 into eyes. If you do, flush immediately with water.
The Chinese Cure
I first found this method from Tim Ferriss' blog and have used it with success. The instructions are as follows:
- get fresh ginger and the orange rind from one orange (use preferably organic)
- cut the ginger in small pieces and mash them down with the side of a large knife
- bring water to a low boil in a small pot and add the ginger
- after 20 minutes, add the orange rind and boil for another 10 minutes
- strain and enjoy
- use honey to help with the strong taste
These were the few methods I have found to be effective. All of them should be perfectly safe but if you try any of them you do it naturally on your own risk. For additional information about common cold and about the best common cold remedies I recommend that you check www.ridofcold.com.