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PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA


Posted:
I put "remedies" because I know it isn't a remedy. I know they are symptomatic treatments.



All day today I've felt icky. It started mild with a scratchy throat and a stuffy nose and it's progressed to where I am just waiting for the Nyquil to kick in.



So, in the mean time what do you do?



My gran used to have me take honey mixed with thyme (which contains anti-inflammatory) and cayanne (clears sinuses) and let it dissolve under the tongue. It worked, but only for a short time. (I think I've figured out how to make cough drops out of it though).



Mint tea with lemon too helped.



And ginger beer. That settled the tummy, cleared the sinues and soothed the throat. It's nice.



What did/have ya'll used?



(and yes Mike, I still stand by my decision to not get the flu shot wink )

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YakumoSILVER Member
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Location: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom


Posted:
try eating a bag of wasabi pea's smile

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jeff(fake) 1,189 posts
Location: Edinburgh


Posted:
There's a good chance ginger and garlic will help. Honey's an antibacterial, so it wouldn't do much good against an actual virus unless it has some rudimentary antiviral property I'm not aware of. Vitimin C wouldn't help once a colds started, and large amounts are no more effective than adequate amounts (an apple a day wink ). Echinecea appears to be inneffective at treating infections, but people often dislike hearing that.



Whisky will very definately make you feel better. smile



Long story short, I go with a hot toddy.

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faith enfireBRONZE Member
wandering thru the woods of WI
3,556 posts
Location: Wisconsin, USA


Posted:
yeah we know jeff unless you have scientific proof...;)
hot toddies are sworn by at my old work
zinc i've heard
sore throats-gargle warm salt water
stuffy noses-sort of mint tea or something hot, like a curry
nausea-wet room temp or cool rag on back of neck and one across foreheads for headaches
warm bath for body aches, lavender oils
chamomile for sleeping
i'll take benedryl or nyquil first

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CalvinKlownEunathist
280 posts
Location: Hy Brasil - For real now.


Posted:
For coughs:
Dice one large onion, place in a bowl, and cover liberally with brown (Demerara) sugar.
Leave to stand overnight, or just until sugar turns to liquid.
Take two spoonfuls of the liquid that forms, after every coughing episode.

Our old family recipe, always worked for me. We called it onion & brown sugar.

Never lie down with someone who has more problems than you.


PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA


Posted:
 Written by: ArthurBrown


For coughs:
Dice one large onion, place in a bowl, and cover liberally with brown (Demerara) sugar.
Leave to stand overnight, or just until sugar turns to liquid.
Take two spoonfuls of the liquid that forms, after every coughing episode.

Our old family recipe, always worked for me. We called it onion & brown sugar.




Ummmm...sounds yummy? eek ubblol

What do you do while you are waiting for the liquid to form? It seems like a long time to wait when you are coughing up a lung confused

I bet the onion clears the sinuses though! wink

Pele
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"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
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PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA


Posted:
 Written by: Pele


Has anyone tried that powder stuff..ummm...it's a fizzy drink full of vitamin C...can't remember the name. Comes in little packets like Kool-aid. Just add water. Ring a bell?
I have some but am afraid to try it (though now would be the time since my taste buds are off, right? wink )



Emergen-C THAT's what it's called (thanks to the commercial that just jogged my memory! wink )

Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK


MikeGinnyGOLD Member
HOP Mad Doctor
13,922 posts
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA


Posted:
So there is some evidence that VERY large doses of vitamin C (5-10g/day) for the duration of the illness and NO LONGER (unless you want kidney stones) may reduce the duration of the illness.

Ultimately there is no cure to the common cold yet. frown

-Mike

Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella



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StoutSILVER Member
1,872 posts
Location: Canada


Posted:
I actually believed Linus Pauling, and now I want my money back. mad

CalvinKlownEunathist
280 posts
Location: Hy Brasil - For real now.


Posted:
 Written by: Pele


 Written by: ArthurBrown


For coughs:
Dice one large onion, place in a bowl, and cover liberally with brown (Demerara) sugar.
Leave to stand overnight, or just until sugar turns to liquid.
Take two spoonfuls of the liquid that forms, after every coughing episode.

Our old family recipe, always worked for me. We called it onion & brown sugar.




Ummmm...sounds yummy? eek ubblol

What do you do while you are waiting for the liquid to form? confused





Contact staff of course. wink

Never lie down with someone who has more problems than you.


jeff(fake) 1,189 posts
Location: Edinburgh


Posted:
 Written by: Doc Lightning


So there is some evidence that VERY large doses of vitamin C (5-10g/day) for the duration of the illness and NO LONGER (unless you want kidney stones) may reduce the duration of the illness.


That's very interesting. Could you send me a link so I can check it out the reseach?
 Written by: faithinfire


yeah we know jeff unless you have scientific proof...;)


In that case I've got an even better remedy. Works 100% of the time, and cures cancer to book. Everyone I know swears by it. And of course I'm too busy curing people for this whole out-dated concept of "evidence based medicine"

Just $35.50, I'm starting up a cottage industry making it.

wink

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SymBRONZE Member
1,858 posts
Location: Diss, Norfolk, United Kingdom


Posted:
I knew there has been a cure for cancer for ages, but it has been covered up by the government or someone who doesn't want us to know. I'm glad to see you've found it Jeff, and that you're not letting those spoil-sport scientists get in your way.



Can you do me a deal on 1 box of cancer cure and 1 anthrax inoculation?



On topic: I heard someone on radio 2 about 3 years ago saying that he 'flushed' his nose every night after cleaning his teeth. He would spray water up there and blow hard to remove anything. He said he'd not got a cold for years...



When I'm ill I always push myself as much as I can. I find that sitting about feeling sorry for myself doesn't help at all but being active does. I also drink a lot of very hot honey and lemon. I don't know if the honey and lemon does any good - it's more to do with the heat.



I find drinking it as hot as I can makes the cold go within about 24 hours, but I have no way of telling if it would have gone away anyway.

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blu_valleySILVER Member
fluffy mess
197 posts
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom


Posted:
Whenever my dad got sick he would drink a bottle of whisky and lots of ginger, dress exceptionally warmly and wrap himself tightly in the duvet. It wasn't plesant, but he would sweat it out and be right as rain in the morning, every time, without fail.

I'm not too keen on this myself, but it may work for some. biggrin

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Firetramp 896 posts
Location: Binstead, Isle of Wight


Posted:
I woke up in the middle of the night with a sore throat and not feeling too well. Thinking I was gonna feel really miserable by morning, I jumped into action. I rubbed Vicks on my throat, wrapped a scarf around it and went back to bed with a cup of hot lemon and ginger tea.
Woke up with no sore troat! Feeling much better!

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PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA


Posted:
Firetramp, very nice dodge! wink

My bedroom reeks of Vicks! I love it!
The wrapping the throat is weird. I *know* it is good for sore throats but it is sooooo aggrivating to me, I can't even wear a turtle neck anymore so I really respect the fact that you can sleep like that!
I'd never thought of combining the Vicks with a throat wrap..that's a good idea. Thanks!

Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK


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