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How to get rid of a cough and cold - Ten home remedies you can use

Updated on June 28, 2012

Winters are the worst time possible to try to get rid of a cough. No matter what you do that pesky irritation of the throat never seems to leave you alone.

If you have too much cough syrup you can't keep alert. I know I fall right off to sleep with some of them and while the nap is refreshing when I wake up I find its made no difference whatsoever to my cough!

So how do you get rid of a cough? You get proper medication from the doctor, then you try and get rid of the symptoms of a cold and cough by treating it with some old home remedies.

Everyone has a favorite one that works best for them. Given here is a set of them that I have used on my family with varying degrees of success. Some of them are easy and others a bit difficult. Hope one of them works for you.

1. Honey and Warm Water

Heat a glass of water and add a tablespoon of honey to it. Now drink this as warm as you can. The honey soothes the throat and helps lessen the irritation caused by the cough.

2. Gargle with Warm Salt Water

If you find that your throat is beginning to hurt and you may be about to get the flu, just do this. Warm up water and add a spoon full of salt to it and do deep throat gargles. Make sure you use drinking water if you tend to swallow while gargling.

3. Lemon and Honey

The honey soothes the throat and the lemon juice gives you a good shot of natural vitamin C which helps fight cold and cough. You can mix a teaspoon of honey into the juice of a small lemon. Add some warm water if you find it too sour to swallow.

4. Vicks Vapor Rub on Feet

Before you get into bed just rub some vicks vapor rub onto the feet and wear your socks. The decongestant should also be applied on the chest, the back, the neck and the forehead for optimal effect.

5. Breathing Exercise

In Pranayam breathing you can do a combination of Kapal Bharati and Anulom Vilom. The former will clear out the mucus and the latter will help ease out respiration troubles by clearing the nasal passage. Once the mucus is out the cough will also dry off.

6. Steam Inhalation

The easiest way to get rid of congestion is to do steam inhalation. Heat up water till it is steaming then put a towel over your head and the bowl of water and inhale. A five minute bout is usually enough to loosen up the mucus.

7. Drink Kadha

Boil 4 black cardamon, 10 black pepper, 1 piece of cinnamon and about ten leaves of holy basil in 3 glasses of water. Reduce till it is one glass worth then decant and drink as warm as possible. Drink at least thrice a day till the cough goes away.

8. Turmeric powder with Jaggery

Roast half teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) and add some grated jaggery (gud) to it and make it into a ball. Now eat this last thing before you get into bed. Do not drink any water after this. If the bitter taste of the turmeric persists eat more of the sweet jaggery but do not drink water.

9. Nutmeg Powder

Eat a quarter teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg the first thing in the morning. The spice has a number of healing properties attributed to it. It helps with flu and also with your indigestion problems. Don't eat or drink anything for 15 minutes after you eat the nutmeg powder.

10. Eucalyptus oil on pillow

This essential oil has soothing and nose unblocking properties. Since you cant use it directly on the skin in its concentrated form just pour a couple of drops on the pillow you sleep on. The smell will help keep your nose unblocked all night. You can also mix it with a regular base oil like olive oil and massage it onto your temples and throat region for relief from cold and cough.


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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.... amazing information. Thanks for share and writing this hub. I really learn much from you about natural cough remedies. I'll share this to my family. Vote up. Have a nice Sunday!

      Blessing and hugs,

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      snehal welde 6 years ago

      Very informative...dadi maa ke nuskhe types...thanks for sharing

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      AlexK2009 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Very useful. I am investigating Pranayam Breathing as a result of reading this. It is good to know my own remedy of Green tea with Lemon, Honey and Ginger, is likely to do some good.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Thanks Praseti.

      Snehal the haldi gud actually came from my dadi :)

      yes Alexk the Pranayam breathing is an excellent way to nip a cold in the bud.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Very useful, especially because I think there is not worth take medications for "simple" cough and cold , particularly to children.

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      Fly Dove 6 years ago

      I find this information very helpful...thanks for sharing.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      I agree with you fucsia its not worth stuffing kids with medication each time they come down with a mild cold and cough.

      Thanks for stopping by Fly Dove

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      I just did #2- gargled with warm water with salt, as I woke up with itchy throat, early today. I found you in FB. The others are new information that will surely be included in my list of home remedies for coughs and colds. Thank you.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Hope it helped Lita

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      gkjand 6 years ago

      Nice share.. I generally suffer from cold whenever there is climatic change, and because of that I can't concentrate and take those chemical medicine, which are harmful (as said by many). Now, I can use this home remedy to get rid of my cold.


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      Haydee Anderson 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      i always get a cough and colds so these tips are really helpful for me, thanks a lot.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      gkjand and midnightbliss this change of season don't catch a cold by using these home remedies.

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      almasi 6 years ago

      Thanks for the remedies and I agree we have to break the unnecessary antibiotic habit.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wonderful information...perfect timing with the flu in full swing. I really love this hub my friend. Excellent natural remedies. You are so kind to share this knowledge. Bookmarking and rated up! Blessings and good health to you.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Almasi I actually started looking at alternatives to antibiotics when I found my child eating more medication in a month than I would eat in a year. These remedies work well for a cold that's about to begin or is there in the initial stages.

      Vocalcoach, thank you. Hope it keeps the flu away from your family this season.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Interesting tips on how to get rid of cold and cough.i really learn t a lot and thanks for sharing.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Thank you crystolite.. I personally recommend the turmeric and jaggery combination

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      sona 5 years ago

      it is very homely and impressive

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you sona and get well soon

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      andreaweeb 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great info! Very organized..

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      vianasya 5 years ago from Indonesia

      i think my kids will like to drink honey and warm water, cause it tastes sweet,better than the regular medicine. really worth to try!^_^

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      JerryJupiter 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very informative! After trying it once before, the Steam Inhalation is my go-to method every time now. Its really effective and feels quite nice. Thanks for sharing this hub!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you andreaweeb, vianasya and Jerry Jupiter.

      I love honey and warm water myself, although steam inhalation is much more effective.

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      BethanRose 5 years ago from South Wales

      Interesting, some things I didn't know! Thanks for sharing :-)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thanks Bethan Rose . This is like my own personal checklist when anyone in the family starts with the sniffles. One or more applied in a combination do work miracles on the cold and cough.

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      Ikeji Chinweuba 5 years ago from Nigeria

      Cough can really discomfort someone..Nice hub, keep it up

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I know, it can be quite miserable when it refuses to go away.

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      softhard 5 years ago from Kathmandu

      Great i have tried some of them and they works.

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      ronhi 5 years ago from Kenya

      The worst part about getting a cold is its impossible to sleep! Thanks a bunch for the tips. Now i know what to do if it ever shows up again But am praying it doesn't:-)

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you for the tips about how to get rid of a cough. I personally do your #3 (the honey & lemon thing) but I add hot water and make it like a tea.

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      allaboutseo 5 years ago from United Kngdom

      nice post keep it up....!!!!!

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      6hotfingers3 5 years ago

      Great ideas for managing a cold and cough. I especially agree with the vicks on the feet. We apply that to the child in our home and it works! Some of the other suggestions I will try when the time comes. Thanks for such a useful hub.

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      texasgirlfw 5 years ago

      Thanks, I love home remedies and have tried the eucalapytus and it does work.

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      Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

      Nice hub. I will try some of these.

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      mcasswrites 5 years ago from United States

      I love reading other people's advice! My personal routine is to down a bunch of elderberry syrup and 8 cups of green tea when I first get "sniffly" or run down. That tends to stop it in its tracks. If I am actually sick, I continue with the elderberry and green tea and add in some vitamin C.

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      whisperingxwords 5 years ago

      If I get sick I am using this advice!!Thanks. Useful!!

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      Lisa Maria 5 years ago from North West UK

      This will come in very useful when I get my yearly cold, usually as winter approaches. Good advice and nicely laid out.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Glad so many of you found this information on getting rid of cold and cough useful

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I continue to realize that one can have alternatives to treating cough in a natural way. Love it! :D

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      deepthiganesh 5 years ago

      Really Great Tips for those who may be frequently suffering from cough and cold. To my knowledge cough syrups and tablets will certainly cause side effects. You have given here great home remedies to get relief from cough and cold. Thanks a lot for this great Hub! cashmere

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      SherrieAnne 5 years ago

      I absolutely appreciate the natural approach. Several I had never heard of!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you ripplemaker, deepthiganesh and SherrieAnne. Natural is best when it works!

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      style-of-life 5 years ago from Netherlands

      Thx for the tips! Something that is surprisingly nice when you have a cold (unfortunately not a remedy) is heating up fruit juices in the microwave.

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      cjcarter 5 years ago

      This sounds way interesting! I'll have to give a few of these tips a try if I find myself under the weather this winter. Bookmarked! Thanks for the information!

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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      These are some really fantastic ideas. I get colds a lot... in fact I had pneumonia over the summer -- this list would have been really helpful then! Well, it'll be something I can refer to next time!

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      Md Shahe Asekeen 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      nice information. really useful to me. it is very much irritating when i catch cold. i also support medicine is not necessary every time in every little cause! thanks a lot cashmere.

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      doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

      Great remedies. My mother in law makes me ginger tea when I have a cold. Nothing seems to work better for clearing the sinuses.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you everyone

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      krosch 5 years ago

      Yeah a great article on getting rid of coughing. Most of them seem like common sense but there were a few on that list I hadn't tried and that is likely true of many other people too.

      What are your thoughts on Neti Pots for stuffed up sinus issues?

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      A really handy hub, whenever my daughter gets a cold she's guaranteed to get an irritating cough (for her and us!!). I've tried a couple on the list before, will certainly try others. I'm a great lover of vicks, but have never tried it on feet before. I'm sure I'll be trying it before the year is out!!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I have no idea what Neti Pots it something like a potpourri for sinus?

      Vicks on the soles of the feet does help debbie

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      ChilliWilly 5 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

      Very useful hub especiallly now, when winter is coming so fast.

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      PeanutButterWine 5 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      Great Hub! :)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes I can feel the winter chill in the air these days, ChilliWilly

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      trimar7 5 years ago from New York

      The old remedies really are the best. Just watch Dr. Oz and he has many things that an individual can do to help themselves. The thing I like best about his show that the majority of things that one can do are more preventative medicine than remedies.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      What is this Dr Oz? Is it a website or a TV program?

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      ershruti304 5 years ago from Shimla

      Thanks for your advice I severely need your tips

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      bangingbeauty 5 years ago

      This is great information, I love a good cup of ginger tea with honey and lemon whenever I am feeling sick. Thanks for this great article!

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      Carolyn Sands 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Thanks for the great info. It is coming up to be the cold and flu season I thank you for your good advice.

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      lpanfil 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      While I hope I don't need any of these soon. I like to combine 2 of your tips. I put a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil in a steaming cup of water and inhale.

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      andrewwilliams63 5 years ago

      Useful tips, i've just gotten over a cold and found that one of the most useful things that helped was a home made ginger brew.

      Slice up lots of ginger in to a pan and boil for around 30 mins, after that add honey and lemon and drink... i swear it helps!

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      nanlegs 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing this very useful hub cashmere. i am really looking for natural ways to relieve my colds since i am allegric to Chlorphenamine Maleate

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      Green Art 5 years ago

      I currently have a persistent cough and plan on trying the warm water and honey brew. I love the scent of Eucalyptus and will have to buy some and try that too. Thanks Cashmere:)

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      lavender3957 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this much needed information. I plan to take up on this information and try to get rid of this dry cough I had for months. Thanks. Voted up.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you everyone for stopping by

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Canada

      great tips, thanks for sharing

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Great tips! I actually just got over a bad cold and wish I would have read this earlier, lol! Oh well, now I know what to do next time ;) Thanks for the advice!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Hope you are feeling better now. I know I'm coming down with one.

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      icountthetimes 5 years ago

      A couple of years back I caught two or three colds in that one year. Very annoying. One of them especially just didn't want to leave me and lasted for two weeks. If I'd have read your hub back then it would've definitely given me additional strategies for making the situation more bearable!

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      Beth Pipe 5 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Really useful stuff - can just feel the scratch in my throat...

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      Night Magic 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the info. I'd much rather a home remedy than pharmaceuticals. I'll give them a try the next time I get a cold.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks for all the information. I am getting a sore throat right now and want to nip this in the bud before it gets worse.

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      johnnews 5 years ago

      Excellent post!Wonderful blog I always say that to keep waiting for inspiration is a way to fool ourselves and just not do the job! The more you practice, the more you get in touch with

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      nice and pharma free - excellent - thanks for the list!

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      samtenabray 5 years ago from uk

      Some fantastic info, i have had a cold for ages so going to try these now!!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you everyone. Hope you found it very useful.

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      amazonrus 5 years ago from Earth

      wow i cant believe you got a perfect score for this hub! Congratz!!!

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      HomesbytheBeach 5 years ago from Redondo Beach, California

      Excellent list. There are some suggestions most likely not everyone has heard of. I did not read every comment (there are lots), but another suggestion that is gaining popularity is to use a neti pot (pour water from one nostril, til it pours out the other); along with that add either salt water to the solution or a couple drops of Grape Seed Extract. They say you can gargle with the Grape Seed as well.

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      tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Lots of great ideas to keep coughs and colds at bay. Thanks for sharing.

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      Krishna Singh Reynolds 5 years ago from near negril, jamaica

      you can also try my Jamaican cure here at:

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Amazonrus, even I couldn't believe it, I wrote it hoping to help Paul...

      Thanks for the new tips people!

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      thewahm 5 years ago

      Interesting- I've never heard if using Vicks on feet.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      vicks on feet? usually put on chest, but I'll try it next time.thanks

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I know it sounds strange but vicks on my boy's feet really does work

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      Sharda 5 years ago

      A huge thanks for posting.. I used these tips and i feel much better.. Thanks again :)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Hope you found it very useful.

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      Michael Roberts 5 years ago from UK

      Yes useful information, I didn't know about drinking Kahda for coughs and colds.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Kahda is ideal when the throat is just beginning to get that start of cold feeling.

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      crockpotcooking 5 years ago

      Boil water in a pot, remove the pot from cooker, add chamomile, inhale steam for a 5 to 10 minutes. You can use a towel to cover your head and pot, for maximum effect.

      Be careful not to burn yourself!

      Repeat the procedure at least 3 times a day. I did it several times so far and it worked very well against cold.

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      Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Thanks for the tips. Besides loading up on vitamin C these will certainly help you feel less miserable when you have a cold.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      @crockpotcooking, cant we just boil water on the hob or microwave and add chamomile?

      @cabmgmnt thank you for stopping by

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      crockpotcooking 5 years ago

      "@crockpotcooking, cant we just boil water on the hob or microwave and add chamomile?"

      Yes of course, however I would not recommend heating water in microwave. If by accident heated too much, it might burst out of pot and burn when moved.

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      These are great tips for home remedies. The steam inhalations works wonders. I usually use tea bags in the hot water. It really opens up your pores. Just be careful that you don't have an accident. And its best to do this when children are not running around at home. Trust me, its not worth the risk of scalding. However, if you are safe at home; then its awesome. Really works. Tried and tested. Sometimes, mother knows best. I have to admit as much I hate saying it.

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      A common cold will last a week if you treat it, seven days if you don't. All we can do is to reduce discomfort as much as possible while cold runs its course. Home remedies work much better in this regard than popping pills. Thanks for compiling them for hubbers.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thanks everyone, with winters taking down just about everyone in the home with cold and cough I know I am using a number of these remedies regularly.

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      YasmeenAli 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I'm sitting at home with the beginnings of a cough and cold and this was the perfect reminder of what I should do. I remember my mom giving me some of these home remedies. Thanks!

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      teachers apple 5 years ago

      Thanks Cashmere! I have heard of these things before but in different places so it is nice to have a list all together I can refer to. Keep posting useful material!

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      I do have cough and cold for last few days. I like your remedy of turmeric and jaggery. I need to try this today night. Excellent hub and Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I have tried six of the ten; the next time I get a cold I'll give the other four a try. Thanks for the infor and nice job on the article.

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      LoriSoard 5 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      With co-pays and deductibles rising every year, it isn't always feasible to run to the doctor when my family gets a cough. I love the ideas in this article and am going to give them a try. You may have just saved us money. Thanks.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I'm personally on honey and warm water for my own cough, so I know its the season for this hub :)

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      jonta 5 years ago from Bangkok

      I always take wheat grass, does amazing things

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      mytwin 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the information. My mother coughs a lot. Ill tell her to try some of your remedies

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      nina64 5 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      This is such a great hub. Years ago when my infant son had a cold, I used some castor oil on the bottom of his feet and I also rubbed some on the top his head, it worked!!!!!!! A lot of his cold came out when he went to the bathroom. I definitely agree with your suggestions because they all work. Keep those home remedies coming!!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      I agree, gargling with salt water and steam helps a lot in cough and cold. Also, try swallowing chopped spoonful garlic with a glass of water.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Could have used this last week! Thanks so much. Glad I read it. I love the oil on the pillow idea and many of the others. I do gargle with salt water to help with a cough and cold. Great!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Jonta, Wheatgerm grass juice is amazing. It has so many health benefits, but its making it regularly and drinking it that's the problem for me. Too much hassle. :)

      Mytwin hope your mom is feeling better now. Nina, I think vicks has castor oil in it am not sure...

      Urmila thanks for the garlic tip. Kelly good to know you don't need the hub this week. Be healthy

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      Chad Young 5 years ago from Corona, CA

      Great remedies, I use eucalyptus oil mixed with water in a spray bottle then spray it around the shower before I get in. That mixed together with the steam works wonders. Also try adding a few drops to your humidifier at night and you'll definitely have a great night's sleep.

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      shawn34668 5 years ago from Europe,Slovakia

      Thank You for making this.

      I have learned some interesting remedies.

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      Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

      Nice hubs.I use steam with vicks for works wonder.voted up!

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      bscott4388 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Lemon Balm steeped as Tea with a dash of honey is great for sore throats

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      creativebutterfly 5 years ago from Florida USA

      Nice information, Gelsimium also is very good for coughs it is a homeopathic rememdy

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Eucalyptus oil is excellent, cyoung35.

      Thank you shawn and ravi.

      I've not tried lemon Balm with Tea, that is a new one scott.

      Gelsimum would not be a home remedy since it is a homeopathic medicine. If you are looking at homeopathy then I would also recommend Bryonia, belladonna and rhus tox

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      Susan Kay 5 years ago from Headwaters of the Mississippi

      I have a killer cold right now. Will try some of these tips.

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      Star2237 5 years ago

      My mom make me hany and lemon and adds warm water I find this very usful and I'm 100% this will work


      Drink twice a day 1 in the morning and 1 befor u go to sleep and dint eat or drink after this

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I never get the flu (knock on wood) however, when I get a seems to last forever. Great info. The next time I get a cold.. I will try these tips.

      Voted up and useful.

      ~Lisa RusticLiving

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      soni Jaiswal 5 years ago

      Boil mustard oil with crushed garlic along with a teaspoon of ajwain till garlic gets dark brown. Filter the oil in some utensil and then apply is warm on kids chest, back and whole body if possible leaving hair. It works like wonder and little one gets good sleep.

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      The Stages Of ME 5 years ago

      Very helpful and simple steps thank you for sharing:)

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      so many of us suffer every year from varying degrees of coughs and colds. A lot of people either don't want to or can't afford to buy the cough and cold mixtures from the chemist.

      The information contained in your hub is very useful for this type of situation. There are so many choices for every type of problem from a chest cold down to a runny or stuffy nose problem.

      You have gone to a lot of trouble to do this and it is going to give a lot of people help and peace of mind to know that there are alternatives such as the old fashioned way.

      They don't have to pay a fortune at the chemist.

      Great hub gets thumbs up from me and intersting and useful. I am also following you. Pam x

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

      Good information, my mother taught me about the honey, lemon and salt water gargles. They do work great for a cold. I didn't know about rubbing Vicks Vapor Rub on the feet. That is very interesting. Thank you!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Some of these I have tried, some of them I've never heard of but will try really soon because I currently feel a bit under the weather. One of my other favorite things to do is make tea from sage leaves because sage is antiseptic. It isn't really economical unless you have a sage plant, though.

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      #4 is my mother's personal favorite! Great article.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Soni that sounds like an interesting home remedy. But with mustard oil involved its going to stink to high heavens isn't it?!

      Natashalh I have not tried Sage leaves tea. So have no idea how effective it is. Don't have a plant either :)

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      knoleskine 5 years ago from Barcelona

      My grandmother also adds a lot of ginger for us in our tea!

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      roosterbob 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great list here! I didn't know about a few of them until now. I'll add my secret - organic apple cider vinegar. You have to get used to the taste and should dilute it in water, but it's got a lot of health benefits including anti viral and anti bacterial properties. Thanks for the good read!

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      EVanDusen 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I like the Vic's on the feet idea and the eucalyptus oil on the pillow...and don't forget Chicken Soup the "Jewish Penicillin"

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      xplore4life 5 years ago from Beijing, China

      Tea with salt and ginger are best solution.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      tea with ginger I've heard of, but salt and ginger in tea? new one

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      Samad Aslam Khan 5 years ago

      I'm highly allergic to dust but I can't avoid it. So often I have to bear these problems. Well nice remedies are quoted here and hope these will make it possible for me to get rid of heavy antibiotic and anti-allergic medicines.

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      Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Voted up, tweeted and facebooked! I'm dealing with a nasty cold right now and using the warm salt water gargle and Airborne. It does help!

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      letisha19 5 years ago

      yes the salt and water does work well!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Dust allergies are horrid Skys, My mom suffers from them.

      letisha, I've not tried it, as yet :)

      Dorsi thanks a ton.

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      Djs 5 years ago

      Do not use the tumurac it tastes horrible!!! All the others things work aswell if not better

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      Maraiya Storm 5 years ago from Prescott, Arizona

      I drink a lot of chai tea which is similar to one of the teas you mentioned, but I will try adding holy basil to it to see the effect.

      I've tried various alternative cold remedies, and each one works better for certain colds and flus and not other virus strains, so it's weird. Had success with: Andrographis, and currently have been using Traditional Medicinals "Breathe Easy" which greatly minimizes cold symptoms and gets you well quicker and is the best remedy I've found. Honey and lemon is soothing for the throat but doesn't quite stop a cough for very long. I found some great cough drops at hf store, they are east Indian, but can't remember the name and I think they contained a lot of ginger. Always on the lookout for cold remedies. I like the mention of Lemon Balm, it's great stuff, but I never thought of it for the throat...I used to use it for menstrual cramps years ago and it worked like a charm.

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      sportgames 5 years ago from Ashter Street 14, New Yok

      I am all for home remedies, I don't trust pharmacies a lot since they are all for profit.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      DJs the turmeric tastes horrible, but is very effective. After all it is medicine!

      Maraiya, hope the Holy basil in the tea adds to the curative effect for you.

      Sportsgames, I know, most of the remedies do not even give you much relief.

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      mvaivata 5 years ago

      This is a really handy article. You know what else I've found helps for a cold -- especially when you have a nasty sore throat? Elderberry. I know that the jury is still out on whether or not it works, but I've been on the verge of a cold three times in the past few years, and it always stopped it right in its tracks. That's a pretty good record in my book. Thank you for your interesting hub!

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      cchris lamar 5 years ago

      Wow L00L

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      MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you for the tip on "Steam Inhalation"! Great advice and I am going to try that today.

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      Easyword 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Great article. The information about various spices, herbs, and oils isn't very well known in America, and holistic solutions like these are often scoffed at. We need more hubs like these!

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      ravindraxfiles 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      it makes me hard when suffering from cold. your tips are fantastic and hope to follow.. nice post anyway.

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      IJR112 5 years ago

      This is good information for everyone. I like to drink lots of tea. The steam inhalation and eucalyptus is also something I do all the time just by going into the steam room at my gym. It works wonders.

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      MsMcNerdyNerd 5 years ago

      Great article, i like the Honey and Warm Water, its a little bit like what i do when i get a cold. I make a hot toddy made of lemon tea, honey, and 2 ounces of Bourbon. It clears your cold right up, but must be 21 years old :)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thanks everyone for taking the time to read up these home remedies for the common cold and flu.

      MsMcNerdyNerd, i'm investing in a bottle of Bourbon :)

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      Ramsa1 5 years ago from A citizen of the World

      Great tips. Thanks. My cousin gave me the lemon and honey tip a few days ago.

      My favourite cure for the cold is homemade chicken soup with chicken, barley and potato. Serve hot with black pepper.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      The black pepper has excellent curative properties as does the chicken soup, as comfort food!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      I love this article! I also make tea by boiling ginger root. This seems to help too. Thanks for the info.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Yes ginger tea is good! very effective

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Cashmere, Wonderful! These are fabulous healthy tips to remedy a cold! I am all for natural solutions! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      soulsirene 5 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! You have such a great article. Decoction of mango leaves, either young or mature, can also relieve cough. I have tried it, when my cough reached almost 2 weeks.

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      arunii 5 years ago from Delhi

      When winter starts my wife suffers cough & cold so today i decided to search on google and i found your article which is very useful

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Awesome tips, will definitely try these! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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      LoganBurnett 5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      wow this hubpages in so good for information, ill try some new tricks out on my wife :) im gonna be a hero

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks cashmere for the nice hub..

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      Caroline 5 years ago

      Is the honey and lemon one ok for my 14 mnth old? he has had a cough and cold for a while now and it's getting worse so going to try some of your tips.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Yes honey and lemon are fine for a 14 month old. It is all natural and healthy. He will prefer more honey to lemon in his spoon though :)

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      Caroline 5 years ago

      Thank you very much will try it :)

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      preetha 5 years ago

      i wish dis could work

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Most of them do

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      Java Programs 5 years ago from India

      Hi cashmere,

      This Indian style of treatment is one of the good unique share on hubpages .... Thanks for the wonderful information ... Keep the good work up ..... Voted up ...

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      Eliminate Cancer 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Lots of great ideas to ease symptoms, but don't forget Vitamin D actually fights a cold virus. Getting out for a little sunshine, or if you are really too tired, a Vitamin D supplement will do wonders for a cold

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Java, and yes Vit D is as important as Vit C and all these home remedies to get rid of a cold.

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      wiserworld 5 years ago

      Those are some great tips for getting rid of a cough. It would be a great addition to the "how to" website I'm developing at the moment. Check it out if you are interested in contributing sometime:

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I'll have a look wiserworld

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      You have provided great information about home remedies for cough and cold. I am having cough and cold right now. I am going to use it. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!

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      Dubuquedogtrainer 5 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

      Good hub - my favorite these days is the Neti pot. I tend to get nasal congestion due to allergies which leads to sinus infection if I can't clear up the congestion fast enough, and then bronchitis. It's always good to know about safe, home remedies - thanks for writing such a helpful hub! Voted up!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      My father uses the Jal Neti technique with great ease, I'm not quite as comfortable with it. Still its an excellent home remedy.

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      seo4site 5 years ago

      Hi, Cashmere! Thanks fot post. Actually, I feel a've cot a cold. It's better to use as a complex treatment or it's better to choose the best one? Thank u again

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      Rain Defence 5 years ago from UK

      Sleep is the best remedy. Definitely not heavy nights out drinking with little sleep and then going out in the cold and wet..

      I love the feeling when you go to sleep feeling ill then wake up feeling better.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Use what works best for you SEO4site

      @ Rain defence, yes sleep is the natural healer of the body, but tell me just how much free time can you spare from your work to sleep?

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      Grace D. 5 years ago from Missouri

      I have heard of a lot of home remedies but some of those were really new to me. I will try one the next time I get a cold!

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      CLStigs 5 years ago

      #4 just cracks me up! Lots of people say this works, I've never tried it, but maybe someday!

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      NiaLee 5 years ago from BIG APPLE

      thank you so much, tell me do you do house calls??? love and peace

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      birdslover 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the tips, I suffer from this disease very often and sometimes its unbearable.

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      lmw5 5 years ago

      Great article!

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      networmed 5 years ago from SPL

      The breathing exercise is interesting... it does help us relax.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Great tips - winter is fast approaching us, and I'll definitely keep these in mind, thank you! It's good to know that the Vicks, honey & lemon and gargling with salt water are tried and tested home remedies to clear up colds and flu, this is what we were brought up with at home and it works! :)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      That's the beauty of these methods, they are old remedies that have been tested time and again.

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      franciaonline 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for this very informative hub.I will share this with friends at Facebook.

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      Robertr04 5 years ago from Detroit,Mi.

      I have found the best way for me to not even get a cold or the flu was to build up my immune system with good herbal vitamins and minerals. Have not had a cold or flu in over 2yrs. But if you do , try lots of Red Raspberry tea. Could make a difference in a matter of hours.

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Great tips cashmere, i have found this very useful, thanks for sharing :)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you for sharing the hub with your friends on Facebook.

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      zann17 5 years ago

      Great hub, number 6 is my favourite.

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      ashna 5 years ago

      yes its helped me alot thanx!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Sunny 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot for sharing these gold tips and the Indian ones to get rid of a cold the natural way. They have helped a lot!! I have been doing salt + haldi gargle and it has really helped with the phlegm in my throat.

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      xplore4life 5 years ago from Beijing, China

      I think best way is to away from dust. I found I get cough when I get dust through my nose. Thanks

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      Merchant 5 years ago

      Like ur share...its very useful n evn i did one of ur steps...thnks for uploading

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      Vikas 5 years ago

      I hope it will be usefull.

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      Vegas Elias 5 years ago from Mumbai

      Good hub with some information which is new to me. I vote you up on this.

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      Gunjan Mohta 5 years ago

      It was really very helpful to me.Thanksssss a lot 4 sharing this with us!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      The first four remedies are very common here in Peru. I like the sounds of the Kadha, though! Eucalyptus on the pillow would be an easy remedy for me to try. I'll try that although I hope not to get sick anytime too soon. : )

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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      Hope you don't get sick at all... :)

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      I like to thank you for this wonderful hub. It certainly helped me. great , great hub. more power to you :)

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Hello Cashmere! This hub is very timely as it is the rainy season here in our place. Great hub. :)

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Great list of natural remedies! Chamomile tea with honey can be soothing when you have a cold as well.

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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      I guess with the change in season the hub's going to prove useful to a number of people :) I'm already using a couple of remedies myself !!

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      Govind Deepak Kumar 4 years ago from Andhra Pradesh,INDIA

      Excellent . Keep up the good work !

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      anuws 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Thank you so much for publishing this useful hub! I always love to have home remedies unless I am really very sick and cannot manage with home remedies.

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      Alexandra 4 years ago

      This is a very good Hub, glad i came across it. I've been having night coughs due to the weather changing. I will try one of these, thank you for the information.

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      securityproducts3 4 years ago

      ugh, I'm suffering from a little cold right now, the steam inhalation worked really great for me though, thanks!

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      Minmax Travel 4 years ago from Vietnam

      It is a information useful. Thank you very much.

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      Muhammad Umer 4 years ago from Karachi Pakistan

      its so benefit for me i am doctor and its benefit for me. please ping me personally. Thanks

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      Brightonbreezy 4 years ago from Brighton, UK

      Thanks for the information, just in time before everyone goes back to school. My mum suggested King of Bitters (don't know if you've heard of it) but apparently it helps against viral infection etc. I found some info online at it helped me last year through the winter so may help others!

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      ideasinked 4 years ago from Mumbai, India.

      Kadha works for me like a miracle!

      Thanks for other generous tips! :) great Hub.

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      Journey01 4 years ago

      Some ways are very close to our lives. They always appear everyday. Thanks.

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      Maria 4 years ago

      I like the way of honey and warm water. Because I usually have it in my house.

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      whalefeather2 4 years ago

      Thanks for the advice. I plan on trying some "when" I feel a cold or flu coming on! :-)

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      mothercristina 4 years ago

      Wow,it's amazing how many people like your hubs! Great job and great tips, since we all suffer from colds now and then.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello Cashmere. My family remedy is. Hot Lemonade followed by two Paracetemol tablets. Then stay indoors keeping warm but with the window open. Then it's a matter of time.



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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Wow! I know about some of these but I don´t know about the vicks rub on the sole. I´ll try it as I have colds and cough now. Thanks for sharing.

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      beautyandthebeast 2 years ago

      Nice good things to know.

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      John R Wilsdon 7 months ago from Superior, Arizona

      Thanks for all of these aids for the common cold. I babysit my grandchildren and pick up the occasional cold from them. This hub will be extremely useful.

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