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Kitchen Talk: Home Remedies!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Cold Remedies)

The change of seasons around these parts brings such a lovely burst of warm colors that it’s been hard not to wax poetic. Well, at least I’ve been aspiring to something faintly reminiscent of poetic. I can’t help it. There truly is nothing as awe-inspiring as when nature decides to show off a little.

As much as this time of the year fills me with sentiment and appreciation for the beauty all around me, there’s one thing I don’t welcome: the cold. I don’t mean the dropping ambient temperatures; I mean the cold, as in that annoying thing that makes you sneeze, sniffle, rub your eyes and ache all over.

They say there’s no real cure for the common cold, but I prefer to be more optimistic. I prefer to believe there are some ways to ward it off, or at least alleviate its symptoms. So before we get too deep into cold and flu season, let’s prepare as best we can! Tell us:

Do you have any home remedies to help fight off the common cold?

A popular remedy is chicken soup, and if you give me a bowl of chicken soup in the form of the Simple Wonton Soup above, I’ll love you forever. Nanci’s mom swears by gargling with saltwater, which is also great for relieving a sore (or itchy) throat. My husband likes to give me a dose of warm lemon juice (from half a lemon), honey, salt, and a shot of brandy. He gives it to me in a shotglass, and down the hatch it goes. He says all those ingredients are natural antiseptics, but between you and me, I think he does that because the brandy puts me to sleep. Not that I’m complaining.

Now let’s hear from you! Shout out your favorite homespun cold remedy below and save me from having to explain all the empty brandy bottles in my recycling bin.

 

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Marilyn M on 10.24.2014

One thing that works for a cold in our family is a hot steam bath with eucalyptus oil. Whenever a cold is in your sinuses, or in your chest this is what we do. I simmer a small pot of water on the stove, adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil and then cover your head with a towel and hang your head over the pot for about 10 minutes. It is incredible how this moist steam loosens the mucus and helps healing. I also make homemade elderberry syrup for anyone who has flu symptoms. Hot water, lemon, a dab of apple cider vinegar and a bit of fresh ginger work well at the onset of a cold as well.

Marsha on 10.24.2014

EmergenC works great when I feel a cold coming on.

Jennifer on 10.24.2014

A lot of these remedies really do work. Mine tried and true remedy: At the first sign of a scratchy throat put about 1/2 capful of hydrogen peroxide (the regular drug store variety) in your ear and let it drain out when the bubbling stops after a few minutes. Do it in each ear. The ears, nose and throat are all connected and if you do this a couple of times a day it knocks out the cold. This with lots of vitamin C and garlic will get rid of the cold, do it at the first sign though.

Stephanie on 10.23.2014

I found a good remedy a couple years ago on the internet. Everybody kept getting this upper chest thing & we just kept passing around. You slice an onion into a jelly jar, cover with honey & put top on jar & let sit in fridge overnight. Remove the onion slices & throw away. Take & mix what’s left in the jar. To use you mix with a spoon before use & dip a spoonful up to take. Can pour a little lemon juice on spoon with mix to cut the taste. Tastes pretty nasty but works wonders! We call it YUCK in our family. You can mix up a batch & leave covered in the fridge for a month or two. Zinc also helps to boost your immune system, even after you’ve gotten sick it helps speed up the healing process.

Mary Ellen on 10.23.2014

Licorice tea is very soothing for sore, scratchy throats. Needs to brew a few minutes longer than regular tea, but verrrry sooooothing and naturally sweet. You don’t need to add sugar or sweetener.