One week ago, I put on a pair of shorts and cut the grass in our front yard. It was a bit chilly, but as I worked I warmed up and was (mostly) comfortable. Now, they’re predicting snow and ice here in Atlanta. And so it goes in the winter. Up – down – up – down … all of which often results in the “common” cold for many folks.
So if you’re one of those who is sneezing, coughing and blowing your nose, not to mention a possible headache or fever, here are 39 natural remedies you might consider. They’re from 14 different experts on home remedies and I am one of them. I’ve posted my 3 contributions below but don’t miss out on the suggestions of the other 13 natural health writers. The misery you shorten just might be your own. :-)
My 3 Favorite Remedies For A Wretched Cold
We just want that darned cold over! Now! The good news is that there are natural remedies that will speed it on its way and they’re safe and inexpensive:
- Years ago I learned about the awesome power of vitamin C and it has worked every single time I’ve used it. Here’s how: take 10,000 units of vitamin C for three days. It’s important to spread your consumption out over the day rather than taking it all at once – four times is best. Beginning the 4th day, take 5,000 units a day until you feel great again.
- If you’re suffering from congestion, consider a castor oil pack. Grab a piece of all-cotton or all-wool flannel and generously cover one side with the oil. Put the oily side against your bare skin, cover with a plastic sack to protect your clothing, button up your shirt and cover all with a heating pad. Lie on the couch and watch TV or read a book for at least half an hour so that the oil will be absorbed into your chest.
- If you have a sore throat, hot salt water will shorten the miserable pain. Put a mouthful or two of very hot water in a glass or mug, add salt, gargle the water, then spit it out. Repeat several times and gargle throughout the day. Only make a small amount at one time because the water will cool quickly and it’s more effective and soothing when it’s hot.
Colds are miserable but these three simple remedies will shorten your misery and cost almost nothing. What can be better than that?