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Flu and Cold Remedies That Work

Updated on July 23, 2018
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Home Remedies Can Work

By Sharon Stajda,

There are lots of great natural remedies to help with that cold!

A hundred years ago herbs were not only used in cooking but were the basic ingredient in most health remedies used to treat the most common ailments. The herb was planted in the spring and dried in the fall, to be handy for the upcoming year. Perhaps using home remedies was found to be the more prudent way to treat illness, than a costly trip to the doctor. Home remedies were used to treat illnesses such as colds, stomach aches, muscle pain, and more.

Most home remedies included medicinal herbs. The herbs were combined into concoctions, and by trial and error remedies were developed. The Tried and true remedies were used and shared with family and friends. Many of these old remedies have survived, and are still used today. The common cold was one such illness that was frequently treated with a variety of old home remedies.


There are lots of great natural remedies to help with that bad cold !

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Tried And True Home Remedies For Cold And Flu

Here are some old tried and true remedies to aid in comforting the common cold.

1. To help soothe a sore throat: Sage mixed with a bit of Alum 1/2 tea dried Sage, a pinch of Alum mixed in a warm 6 oz glass of water. Gargle several times every few hours.

2. Mix 2 tab. Molasses into a cup of chamomile tea. This drink can be given at night to sooth one off to sleep with a sweet tea. The chamomile is also soothing on the stomach, and aids to promote sleep.

3. Sassafras tea is also great it aid in diminishing fever and soothing one's throat.

4. Cold Eeze Lozenges. These are all natural lozenges that are made of Zinc. Studies show the zinc will help reduce the length and severity of a cold. These wonderful lozenges can be purchased at most drug stores or health food stores.

4. Homemade chicken soup. Helps with congestion, and is thought to be an all-around good cold remedy.

5. The wonderful Hot Toddy. Mix piping hot water to a cup, 1/2 shot of whiskey, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey, mix well. The Alcohol has an anti-inflammatory effect on mucous membranes. Also said to reduce fever, and relieve muscle aches.

6. Garlic and warm milk. 1 good size clove of garlic crushed and mixed in 1 cup of warm milk. This concoction is said to shorten the duration of a cold. An active compound in garlic, allicin, is known to be a good decongestant. Garlic is also known to have potent antioxidant properties, so it couldn't hurt.

7. Vitamin C. Eat foods that are high in vitamin C. Studies show taking vitamin C will shorten the length of a cold.

8. Echinacea, the Chinese have been using Echinacea for centuries for its strong antibiotic properties. World Health Organization also supports the use of Echinacea for use to shorten the common cold.

9. Cough syrup can be made very easily in your own kitchen. Slowly boil a lemon with its skin on for about 8 minutes. Cut the lemon into two parts and squeeze the juice with the use of a squeeze. Add the lemon juice to a glass. Mix in two tablespoonfuls of glycerin, (purchase glycerin at your local drugstore or health food store.). Stir lemon juice and glycerin together. Add 1 tablespoonful of honey. This cough syrup will really ease a sore throat.

9. Feed a cold; starve a fever. There is a theory that eating less during a cold may shorten the duration of the cold. However, nutritionists strongly disagree with this theory, because the body that is stricken with a cold needs more nutrients, to aid in fighting off illness.

10. Breathe steam. Steam does help liquefy and loosens mucus. This mucus helps clear airways and can decrease nasal congestion.

11. The Old fashioned mustard plaster helps relieve chest congestion. To prepare 1 tablespoon dry mustard, 1/4 cup flour lukewarm water. Sift together mustard and flour in a bowl. Slowly add just enough water to make a paste. Spread the plaster on a piece of muslin that is big enough to cover the chest. Cover with another piece of muslin. Like a sandwich, put over the chest. Check chest in 5 minutes for any signs of allergic reaction. Remove if the skin is showing hives or deep redness. Skin will be a little pink. Leave on 1/2 hour; remove plaster with tepid water.

12. A ginger bath - put your feet in a hot bath of water and ginger powder (100g) and allow your feet to soak. It moves the cold energy through your body very quickly. Do not leave your feet in the water for hours but a 1hr soak is a good idea or better take a whole bath. Your feet will warm up and be quite sensitive so wear socks afterward for a while.

13. "I also drink a concoction of lemon, honey, ginger and fresh garlic in hot water, and that also works a treat."

Nasal Irrigation

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Sinus problems got you down? The Neti Pot

Snorting saltwater could leave you breathing easy, in just a few minutes.

Neti pots are part of the ancient Ayurvedic therapy, Jalneti. Jala Neti is a method of nasal irrigation that uses a small ceramic pot (neti pot), along with salt, and warm water. This ancient nasal irrigation method has been around for over 5,000 years. Used to relieve a variety of sinus problems. Such as nasal congestion, sinus drip, sinus headache, and also may help prevent cold, and flu.

Snorting salt water, via a neti pot is becoming recognized once again as an effective way to eliminate sinus congestion, battle the common cold and relieve problems due to allergies. People are becoming tired of analgesic drugs, that as a rule come with unwanted side effects. Nasal irrigation may be is the way to go? Its cheap, fast and extremely effective.

How does nasal irrigation help with sinus problems? Basically, what the neti pot does is gently wash away excess mucus, bacteria, pollen, allergens and viruses from the sinus cavity. Nasal irrigation aids in cleansing the sinus cavity, just by simply washing out the pus and mucous which contains harmful bacteria. Then, the immune system's natural antibodies, which are present in the mucous membranes of the nose, again can do the work of depleting harmful bacteria from causing illness.


Feed A Cold With Foods Containing Phytochemicals

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Increase Fluids And Vegetable

Drink Plenty of Fluids. drink lots of fluid. Water is recommended, and orange juice.

Eat Foods Containing Phytochemicals; "Phyto" means plants, and the natural chemicals in plants give the vitamins in food a supercharged boost. So eat dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits. Get the natural vitamins veggies and fruit can provide.

Mild Exercise Can Have You Feeling Better In A Jiffy

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Fresh Air And Mild Exercise

Get fresh air, A regular dose of fresh air is important, especially in cold weather when central heating dries you out and makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses.

Get Exercise Regularly, exercise speeds up the heart the heart rate. This promotes larger quantities of blood and makes one breath faster. This helps supply more oxygen transformation from your lungs to your blood. Exercise will also make you sweat. Which sheds the body of toxins. Also, exercises help increase the body's natural virus-killing cells, due to the increase in body temperature.

Wash Hands Frequently To Chase Away Cold Germs

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Prevention Is The Key To Not Catching A Cold

  • Since there are no known cures for colds and flu, prevention must be your goal. Wash your hands frequently. Colds are circulated by direct contact. So keep your hands clean If you have the sniffles, use a tissue. Never sneeze or cough into your hand, Discard tissue after one uses. Don't Touch Your Face, keep your hands away from anybody orifices. Otherwise, you are opening up your body to cold germs.



Add Some Yogurt To Your Diet

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A Few More Helpful Tips

Add Yogurt to your diet. studies show that eating a 1 cup of low-fat yogurt can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25 %. Yogurt has beneficial bacteria that stimulates the immune system to fight off that cold fight disease.

Don't Smoke, Smokers get more colds, and a smokers colds, as a rule, are more severe than non-smokers.

Relax and make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

If you can, take a Sauna, researchers aren't clear about the exact role saunas play in prevention, One theory, when taking a sauna you inhale air hotter than 80 degrees, the increased temperature of the inhaled air is thought to denature the cold and flu virus.

Turn to herbal remedies to ease the discomfort of a cold

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Very informative and useful lens.Netipot is one of the best solution for curing cold.Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipe,

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      miaponzo 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the great information! One of the best things for a cold or the flu is:

      sage, thyme and rosemary! Try it!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Hello, I think you have had these cures by word of mouth as one should mix sage with BITTER ALUM not a bit of alum.

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      8 years ago

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I've never heard of those neti pots before. They look funny but I bet they really do work! Thanks for all the great info. I blog about cold prevention and remedies too!

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      Hi Sharon

      Great lens, I have been reviewing simple cough and cold cures for my medical research project. Your insights are of great use and I thank you!

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      11 years ago

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      Nice one sharon. I was a sufferer of sinusitis for years, till I went for an op. During the recovery period, i was put on a maintenance schedule of nasal 'douching' using a similar device to neti pots. These sure can clear the nasals well.

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      Great lens! I know the cold and flu season is on the way. Will check back when I get the sniffles.

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      Very nice lens, Shar. I have found Airborne to work really well, too. It has a lot of those good things, like vitamin C and echinacea. Good luck with your lens.

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