(Closed) Your 'Cure' for the common cold?

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Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Rhinovirus (or any virus for that manner) cannot be “cured”. The symptoms can be treated, but as far as the cold itself you just have to ride it out. Lots of fluids and sleep are good for you.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Whenever I’m sick, about the only thing I can handle is the following:

1. Campbell’s condensed chicken noodle soup

2. Canada Dry ginger ale

3. Simply Orange juice

4. Saltines crackers

5. Tons of sleep

 

 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Eat like 90 oranges, have a bowl of chicken soup, take some NyQuil, stay asleep until I’m not sick anymore.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

dunno if anyone mentioned it, but for sore throats – hot black tea full of honey <3

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Homemade chicken soup. 🙂

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Sweet_Tea:  said…

Whenever I’m sick, about the only thing I can handle is the following:

1. Campbell’s condensed chicken noodle soup

(Chicken Soup is the most effective for sure… altho if I don’t have any in the cupboard… calling my local Chinese Restaurant for a HUGE batch of Won Ton will do in a pinch)

2. Canada Dry ginger ale

3. Simply Orange juice

4. Saltines crackers

5. Tons of sleep

Lol, this is me… but I also add on

6. Tea with Honey

7. Vitamin C

8. Double my Daily Multi-Vitamin

9. And I also try to “sweat it out”… I will overdress… be it Flannel PJs, my Track Suit, or an Extra Balanket etc and go to bed.

10. And MORE SLEEP

Whatever it is, those things tend to work on the common cold, and I can get it break its grip on me quicker (a few days) than just letting it run its course (a week or longer)

The key though I’ve come to finally realize as I’ve gotten older is to not try and fight the fact that you are sick… just accept it.  You take the time to take care of you, and it tends to pass quicker.  And sometimes that just means a TON OF SLEEP

 

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I do the typical home remedies: hot soup or broth, plenty of rest, and lots of fluids like juices, hot tea (no milk- just honey and lemon juice), and water. I agree the hot shower or bath helps with the sinuses a bit. 

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If I can manage it, lots of sleep. Unfortunately, I can never sleep when I’m congested. Nothing makes it shorter. Sleep is the only thing that seems to make a difference. I usually take ibuprofen, pseudoephedrine, and guaifenesin to help with symptoms. Avoid OTC sleep aids that contain diphenhydramine or doxylamine succinate. They dry out your nasal passages and make your mucus thicker. I will actually wake up with minor nosebleeds from the irritation. It doesn’t help the congestion at all.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I agree with zinc. The science may not back it up 100% but anecdotally I think it makes a huge difference. If you like oysters, my favorite zinc delivery method is a dozen raw oysters the minute I start to feel a cold coming on, but it also works in pill form (take it on a full stomach, though, or you will almost certainly throw it right back up).

I am also a very big proponent of getting a whole bunch of garlic and ginger into your system as quickly as possible. A southeast Asian chicken soup with lots of both is an especially good bet. Ginger beverages are good too, as long as they actually contain ginger (not all do). I usually go for ginger kombucha for the live cultures, but ginger ale or ginger beer are good too.

I sound like such a hippie.

 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I try not to turn to “medicines.”

I just take some zinc and make tea from ginger root (boil it in hot water).Not a cute, but it helps!

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

Lots of herbal tea, a blanket on the comfy couch, netflix, applesauce, and zinc.  I take airborne occasionally too, like now when my entire office is sick and I’m getting sniffly.  Oh, and I drink so much water that I’m peeing like once an hour.  And sizzling rice soup is a miracle cure for all sickness, I think.  Really, sleeping seems to be the best, but whenever I’m sick I seem to have trouble sleeping, so I just veg out on the couch instead.  

Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Sleep, medicine, and a shot of tequila (with lemon).  The tequila helps with a sore throat and makes for an awesome hour or two.

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