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Some helpful remedies for colds that really work

Updated on July 19, 2014
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Mary's hubs are inspired by her many hobbies and love for the Lord. She loves writing, art, photography, crafting, and being a grandmother.

Summer colds are for the birds

Having a sore throat and cold in summer is the worse. Recently my husband and I had one just a few weeks ago. I caught it first, more than likely from my son who had come over for dinner with a slight cough. The following day I was miserable to say the least. I had a sour throat and just didn't feel like myself.

In this hub I will share some things I tried - one for the first time ever to help me feel better during my illness. I will also share some other quick remedies that I haven't tried but maybe helpful as well. So stay tuned below for my helpful tips and home remedies that you may want to try when the time arises, instead of running to the Dr. or the pharmacy, give these a try first - you have nothing to loose and you may feel better.

Try these remedies to help make you feel better

  1. That morning when I knew what was happening I remembered my mom’s old remedy of gargling with warm salt water. I did this in the morning, after lunch and in the evening before bed. It really helped the sore throat a lot.
  2. I then had seen a remedy online regarding “oil pulling” which stated that by doing this you could rid your mouth of toxins that cannot be eliminated just by brushing your teeth. Oil draws the toxins out and then you rid yourself of them, which can actually help you feel better. It has helped people who had tooth aches, sore throats, stomach problems, and a number of other issues, so I decided to try it. You use “coconut oil” about a tablespoon and then swish it in your mouth for approximately 10-15 minutes. When you discard this aweful stuff be sure to use a plastic baggie you can seal and then throw away. The remains are not good for either the sink drain or the septic so a plastic baggie is what I found useful. Wow, I tried this and the first two days of my cold I started to feel much better. This could have been due to both the gargling and the oil pulling but I was on my way to feeling better. My cold only lasted half the time it seemed. I have to say I almost didn’t try this because when I read about it, it just didn’t sound very good, but I was so glad that I did. I guess this is an age old remedy that hasn’t gone wild in the US yet, but is in other countries.
  3. The third of my remedies that really helped me was drinking hot tea. I love Lipton and used honey to sweeten it. The combination of those two things are so soothing to your throat and just makes you feel so good.
  4. For minor sore throats and cough relief, (I haven't tried this), but you can take elm root which is an all time favorite. The root coats and protects inflamed and sensitive throats. Suck on a slippery elm root lozenges, available at most health food stores. Or sip tea made from one teaspoon of powered root mixed with one cup of very hot water. Available in most health food stores I am told.
  5. Last but not least is hot chicken soup! Yes your mom was right, chicken soup can cure what ails you. The protein in the chicken contains cystine, an amino acid similar to acetylcysteine, a drug that thins mucus and clears lungs, who knew. A steaming bowl of that wonderful chicken soup helps release fluids within the body that will drain your chest of fluid and make mucus less likely to settle in lungs and become an infection.

I don’t guarantee these things will work for you, and you may still have to take some form of cold medicine in the evening when you go to bed. I can only go by my own personal experience and it was absolutely a good one in this case.

Homemade cherry herbal cough syrup - yum!

I read about a homemade cough remedy you may want to try instead of the store bought kind. Here is the recipe:
1. Combine equal portions of honey and wild cherry bark syrup for the base.
2. Mix in two grams of ground apricot seed, an ounce of garlic tincture and an ounce of osha root tincture.
3. Store in a tightly closed container

Take two teaspoons every few hours during a coughing spell!!!

Here is a great book you must have in your home!

Are you familiar with these remedies

Do you do any or all of these when you have a cold or cough?

See results

Another home remedy for soar throat and cough - check it out!

Sure would love to hear from you and if this was helpful!

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    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi prairieprincess, thanks for stopping in and reading my hub, sure appreciate it. Yes the oil pulling was new to me as well, but I have been doing it and it seems to help, I don't do it as often now unfortunately. Cheers!

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I am familiar with some of these, but the oil pulling was new to me. It sounds kind of strange, but worth trying, maybe, the next someone has a cold in our house. I usually make "THE TEA," which consists of honey, tea, cayenne pepper and lemon. My husband has got really good at making it, too, so it's a real staple around cold season. Great hub!

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hello Arun Kanti, thank you so much for stopping in and commenting and you are so welcome.

      Hello Rolly, what a treat it is to see you here my Canadian friend. You are absolutely correct, we need to get back to basics because those side effects on some of those meds will kill us if the illness doesn't. Hugs and Blessings back at you!

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Whidbeywriter... Old school is the best I always say, nature has much to offer in comparison to anything bottled or man made. All one has to do is read the side effects of some of the across the counter medications and you soon learn to seek the alternative. Nothing quite like plenty of bed rest, plenty of fluids. One of my mom's old favourites was the old Mustard Plaster... ouch... lol

      Hugs and Blessings from Alberta

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Good for you Thelma.....good to know it worked for you too. Now if I could convince my adult children to do these! Cheers

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      4 years ago from KOLKATA

      I am at one with Sunshine. Warm salt rinses can effectively take care of mouth wash as well. Thank you for an informative hub.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I have done warm salt gargling and olive oil pulling during colds besides eating chicken soup and drinking tea and it really did help a lot. Thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Warm salt rinses are the best!! :)

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hiya, so far so good this summer! but great ideas, and never heard of the oil pulling? I do have allergies though, and my eczema is really bad, so maybe chicken soup will help! lol! voted up and shared, nell


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