Coping with the Common Cold

Home remedies to help you cope with the common cold.

We are heading into Autumn, and the children are heading back to school in full swing. With so many children collected in mostly enclosed areas, such as classrooms, the library, the media room, the music room, and the gym; chances are your child will be in contact with other kids that may have the common cold. It is inevitable because the common cold is highly contagious.

When I send my 8 year old son off to school, I often remind him not to share drinks, not to get too close physically to his friends, and to wash his hands after going to the bathroom, and so the list go on, and on… Really, I am not an overly protected mom. I am just a worried mom, because if my son gets sick, he can’t sleep, and then I can’t sleep either. I’m just thinking about myself out loud here. However, no matter how careful one can be, the common cold can just whip you at any time.

These five suggestions are intended to help you cope with the common cold. They will provide some comfort, and they may reduce the lengthy time the common cold usually takes to run its course. They work very well in my family, and I always keep these well-stocked in the house.

  1. Chicken Soup

    The choices are yours. You can either make your own or buy ready to use. Personally, I prefer to cook my own because I do not want any chemical such as MSG (monosodium glutamates) or preservatives in my food. Although chicken soup has been recommended for years to help fight off colds, recent research studies show that chicken soup may contain a number of effective substances, including an anti-inflammatory mechanism, that can ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.

  2. Yogurt

    You can use any kind of yogurt that you like to eat. Yogurt carries an active culture that helps eliminate the germs in your body. Research shows that yogurt (with live cultures) strengthens and stabilizes the immune system.

  3. Hot and Sour Soup

    If you can handle spicy food, order a bowl of hot and sour soup. The spicy soup will help clear your congestive nose, and assist with your sweat. If you can’t get to the restaurant, just add some Tabasco or Louisiana hot sauce in your chicken soup, and double up on your doses of comfort. Capsaicin is the ingredient that makes chile peppers taste hot. Reported benefits include antimicrobial, anticoagulant, or anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to increase circulation or to relieve cold symptoms by clearing the sinus.

  4. Lemon Tea

    Make some Bigelow lemon tea, adding a teaspoon of honey to ease your sore throat. Lemon improves your immune system, and helps get rid of the toxins, while honey contains antioxidants to help you fight the cold and flu. The darker the honey, the more antioxidant it contains.

  5. Add Garlic and Ginger

    Cooking with garlic and ginger not only produces a good smell, it is also very healthy for you and your family. If you are hesitating about using these, first try them as powder to marinate your chicken, beef, pork, and of course, seafood, then eventually buy them fresh to add in your cooking. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, and ginger helps with respiratory infection. With these two helpful benefits, your common cold has no chance to linger.

The flu and cold season is fast approaching, do whatever you can to avoid contracting it. Wash your hands often. Stay involved in activities that help your body fit. Keep yourself free of stress. Vacuum and dust your house regularly. Try learning a few relaxation techniques to boost up your immune system. It’s ideal if you can stay away from catching a cold, but if you do catch one, remember to rest and take plenty of liquid. Nurse yourself back to health quickly using the five suggestions above.

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  1. ah, this is what i’m looking for to prepare us for the next flu season. Thanks for the knowledge!

  2. Wow! This article must’ve really pleased people, because its simply shooting up on the list of Hot Content, overcoming even the Hottest contents that were previously published on Triond.

    Excellent job,

  3. My personal recommendation that never gets a lot of publicity: grapefruit seed extract. It’s a natural antibacterial and antiviral agent. Not only will it help you get over a cold, you can take it in smaller doses as a preventative. You can get it at health food stores like Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods, or your local equivalent. It comes both in a liquid or as capsules. The liquid can be mixed with orange juice to cover the tart taste (just don’t mix with diet soda, the combination is foul).

    And don’t forget your zinc!

  4. hey, I learned so much from your tips.
    very well writing, keep up the good work.

  5. I always find honey is an excellent remedy for colds and flus.

  6. Eexcellent info. The yogurt is 1 of my favorite medicine for boosting my immune system.

  7. I find the absolute best is Indian food — the spicier the better. It can be particularly helpful once the worst of the cold has passed and you’re trying to get rid of the lingering symptoms.

  8. It’s shooting up the list because it was posted on lifehacker.

  9. The best solution. Take a glass tumbler, put in about an inch or two of scotch, add a couple of tablespoons of honey, a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice (note the difference between the honey and the lemon), then a tea bag and fill the rest of the way with almost-boiling water. Great for a sore throat, relieves minor aches and pains, drains your sinuses (or is it sini?), mellows you right out and makes life a whole lot better. Taken right before going to bed, it aids in sleeping.

  10. Great tips and well written.

  11. Oce, who cares where it was posted….people read it. so did you.

  12. Thank you for all the terrific comments.

  13. A single malt whisky, preferably a smoky Islay one, works wonders on a sore throat. Afterall, Laphroiag was sold as antiseptic during prohibition!

  14. Thanks Gary, but I got tipsy just smelling alcohol around me…LOL

  15. Great article and the pictures really help. I for one am all for
    Homemade Chicken Soup. At the very onset of cold symptoms I am
    making the soup, I swear by it. It seems to do the trick
    not only physically but emotionally.
    Good job!

  16. Thank you Francie, you are so kind with comments.

  17. Can i?

  18. YOUR SO GOOD! I really needed this information for a project! It also really helped me feel better when i had a cold! This is so amazing, the pictures are also beautiful! I LOVE THIS!

  19. hey guys i tried the spicy one and i put louisiana hot sauce in a chicken noodle soup . but the only thing it did was take away the soreness but my voice still sounds al croaky like should i take a nap and see what happens when i wake up ???? some one help

  20. Thank you Chris.

    I hope you feel better. Rest as much as you can.

  21. I came to this through your blog, Icy. very good article.

  22. Go easy on the yogurt. Dairy increases mucus production, and that’s the last thing need during a bad cold.

  23. Exercise in bed is definetly the best cure – tried it and it works!!!!

  24. Wow – - I never knew some of those things were helpful to the common cold – thanks!


    -Liane Schmidt.

  25. – site about common cold

  26. Remedy 4 recommended honey for its antioxidants and many of the comments also praised honey as a time-honored cold remedy. While its texture may be soothing to a tickly throat, Bernstein published a clinical test in 1977 in AJCN, vol. 30, pg. 613, that shows that anything that makes our bodies produce insulin, including honey, will lower immune response for 30-60 minutes. Apparently, the insulin competes for space on the white blood cells called lymphocytes that should attack viruses, thereby keeping them from multiplying (mitosis), which they have to do to make us all better!

  27. Great info here, I must get all this good tip in my mind. It’s really very USEFUL!

  28. :) number 7

  29. Good foods to cope with common cold. I prefer lemon tea in the list.

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