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Home Cold Remedies

Updated on October 13, 2014


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.

Cold Virus

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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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      mts1098, so glad you stopped in. Yes feeling much better.

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      mts1098 3 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Well I certainly hope you are feeling better now :) The Hot Toddy was my mom's recipe and Nyquil works for me - cheers and thanks for the remedies

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      thost- Hope that is a long time coming. Thanks for your vote.

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very good information, I must try some of these tips next the bug attacks. Vote up.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      ladyfountain1, I am always amazed the old remedies are still so helpful. Thank you for stopping.

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      ladyfountain1 5 years ago

      Great post. Very informative. I agree that Vick's Humidifier works. I have used it for all of my kids who have been congested.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      How could I have missed Coldeeze. Thanks for adding it Bedbugabscond.

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      Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

      My son is "tippy" he goes from a cold to bronchitis in 3.0 flat. One product that is great at shortening the cold is called "Coldeeze". It is a zinc cough drop and I swear by it.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      What a good ideas, Eucalyptus oil and vicks. Superb suggestions that had slipped my mind.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks. This is useful. I usually put a few drops of Eucalpytus oil in a burner or inhale vicks...but it's nice to know more alternatives.


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      jonnycuddleberry 5 years ago

      These are some good tips to take care of a cold. I usually have a little bit of tea, and some advil. Usually when I have headaches or a runny nose. I also am a big fan of the lemon and honey.

      When I was younger I had asthma and my mother would always make lemon-honey tea for me to make me feel better. Cough drops are also a blessing for sore throats.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I am sure that many will benefit from reading this well informed hub.

      I award it an up up and away and look forward to reading many more of your hubs as well.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      Brett Winn 5 years ago from US

      I always try to go the natural route ... colloidal silver and Olive Leaf extract (both are anti-viral) usually stop a cold dead for me, particularly if I "catch" it at the very beginning. Great tips and voted up!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      ITcoach- Thanks for the idea about ginger. It sounds yummy.

      It also is a good antidote for nausea.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      thoughtforce- I will try the hot water with honey the next cold. May it be a very long time.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for all these great tips! I have just recovered from a cold and I agree about the need to do something! I usually drink hot water with honey several times a day, and even if it doesn't cure me at once, it feels better! I will try your tips next time.

      Thanks for sharing


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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on becoming a grandparent, it is the most wonderful experience - enjoy!

      thank you for all these tips and advice, I hope you are feeling better and have a wonderful Christmas, best wishes MM

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California




      Thanks for stopping by.

      Zinc makes me sick to my stomach if I don't eat before taking.

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      billips 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Great thoughts - I am never without EmergenC and also that zinc - may not taste great, but who cares as long as it keeps the colds at bay - I love soup and also garlic, so adding extra would be no problem - good Hub - B.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Definitely timely hub with cold season upon us. I have been pleasantly surprised with the effectiveness of Zicam or zinc supplements to shorten the duration of the common cold. Rated up!

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      What a great source of remedies the first one I have not heard of. I did try that Zicam, no thank you. Luckily I do not suffer from too many colds nor my little guy, like you I will do anything to try to combat the common cold versus "suffer" through it.

      Congrats on your beautiful addition, what a precious photo!

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Nextstopjupiter -I have never heard of hot milk with honey and I thought I had heard of everything. Thanks for the info and also for stopping.

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      nextstopjupiter 6 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      Try hot milk with honey, three times a day.

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Ed Michaels -Wonderful comment. As I was writing this I was thinking the same thing. The chicken/garlic soup really did seem the best after the oscillo. All the above were tried after long days and desperate need for sleep.

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      Ed Michaels 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      So far, I am the only one in the house with a tolerable cold. My son, my wife, and my mother-in-law all have intolerable colds. The only difference in the way we have treated them that I can see is that I take no medicine, remain active, and just 'soldier on'. My son takes decongestants--without them he is just one long sneeze-cough explosion. My wife is 'resting', getting worse, and dosing herself with various medicines and hot tea. In my experience, doing nothing and doing something result in the same thing, the eventual disappearance of the cold, but having anything that will help with the more miserable symptoms can't hurt.