Collective Cold Remedies

Well, the month of May might not be considered the height of cold season. But I am just getting over the grandmother-of-all-colds. I can’t really complain, though, because this is the first one I’ve actually had in years. Usually my favorite home remedies ward them off.

Which got me thinking…

I bet we are a collective treasure trove of ideas for home remedies for colds. Whether what works for you is a mainstream product or alternative, maybe we could all be more armed for battle with a list of favorite personal remedies stored here on this website to consider. If the ones we usually use don’t work against a particular bug…maybe another one on this list will!

Of course, I’m not a doctor (although I’ve played one on TV…well, a nurse, actually…but that’s beside the point). What I mean is, I certainly can’t endorse any remedy as being medically sound. But…even some “old wives’ tales” have earned merit over the course of the centuries. So, why not keep a list of things that have personally worked for each of us. And each of us can be responsible for using our best layman’s judgement as we read through them.

Please add your remedy through the comments section. I’ll start:

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5 responses to “Collective Cold Remedies”

  1. Lisa Goich says:

    This is what I used all day Saturday and Sunday and, I swear, it’s a magic elixir!

    Ginger, garlic, lemon, lime, honey & cayenne tea! Put in as much of each as you like. I drink it about four times a day when I’m feeling a cold coming on, or when my cold is full blown. It’s the greatest!

    And Mrs. Grasses Chicken Soup with the magic egg is also a crowd favorite! With extra egg noodles! Yummy!

  2. Jean says:

    Echinacea! I take it at the first sign of something coming on, or even if I’ve just been in close contact with someone who is sick as a preventative. I usually use the liquid kind where you drop a few drops into water. It tastes awful, but seems to work in my system faster than pills.

  3. Eileen says:

    My remedy is culinary:) It is called garlic basil dipping sauce. I use it on warm whole grain bread and eat with a bowl of homemade vegetable soup. The trick is everyone in the house must consume this because you will stink…and if someone does not participate they will hassle you because of the odor!

    Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal benefits. Basil has antibacterial properties as well

    In a bowl combine:
    1 head of garlic finely chopped (yes i whole head)
    3/4 C chopped fresh basil
    1/3 C extra virgin olive oil
    Salt to taste.

    With a good night of rest, lots of water and garlic basil dipping sauce…this has knocked out colds within a day or two. It has worked for years. The garlic and basil can burn a little and you will burp it through the night.

    We do eat this when we are not sick as well…because it is tasty!

    • Eileen, this sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing it. I’ll definitely try it next time I feel something coming on (or maybe before that…just because it sounds yummy!)

      And by the way, I really enjoyed your website…learned a lot of great ideas. People can click on your name above your comment, or just go to

  4. TroubleEnsued says:

    When I was a little kid and got a cold in the summer, my dad always took me to the beach and told me to “snorfle” up some salt water into my sinuses. Somehow that always made me feel less congested.

    Well, Dad was apparently onto something…because now one of my top home remedies for a cold is using a Neti Pot. Basically, it’s a little device that helps me “snorfle” up a saline mixture into my sinuses.

    There are quite a few Neti Pots out there. Right now I’m using NeilMed NasaFlo Unbreakable Neti Pot with 50 Premixed Packets I like it because by using their packs, I get the salt to water ratio just right (which keeps it from stinging), and there’s a lot of great information in the package.

    As you’d imagine, I wouldn’t call the process exactly pleasant. But it’s not bad. And hey, it sure beats having stopped-up sinuses, which are definitely not pleasant. It’s also not exactly a “prim and proper” procedure. I use mine in the shower to avoid making a bathroom mess.

    I can tell you that I think I’ve saved myself a ton of sinus complications over the years, when I stay ahead of whatever bug I have by using a Neti Pot.

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