It’s that time of year again: sniffling, sneezing, coughing hell. Maybe you’ve already gotten your first cold (I have!), or maybe it’s still on its way. In any case, you want to be prepared and prevent it, or at least get rid of it as fast as possible when it arrives. My tips are below — for more you should also check out Broke Millennial’s post How Do You Combat A Cold For Cheap?
Get well soon!
Frugal Natural Remedies For Cold & Flue Season
Garlic. This is a well-known but seemingly unpopular natural remedy and potent immune system booster. At the first hint of a sore throat, I’ll cut up some raw garlic to eat 2-3 times per day. The cold rarely manifests itself, and if it does it’s considerably less severe. Few people take me up on this, but I assure you, it works. Careful downing it too quickly though, it definitely burns. I always take it with a huge class of water, otherwise your stomach is just not pleased with your aggressive behavior. Nevertheless, I’ll take short-term suffering over a long-term cold any day, so this remedy stays!
Salt water for a sore throat. If I didn’t get the garlic into my system fast enough, and my throat feels like I’ve swallowed a cup of razor blades and glass, I gargle saltwater. The relief is instantaneous, but sadly not long lasting so I’ll keep a glass nearby for most of the day — and spit in the sink as needed, because this is GARGLING. Please don’t drink saltwater! It’s still important to get lots of fluids when you’re sick, so in-between the salt water gargling, make sure to consume lots of liquids as glasses of water, tea, or soup!
Hot Toddy. Now I’m pretty sure it’s the hot water, lemon, honey, and tea that make for the healing powers of this beverage, but let’s indulge the whiskey as well. A super simple recipe can be found here. It’s no secret that alcohol can make you sleepy, so why not have a few sips as part of your convalescence? Besides, it’s endorsed by the unofficial spokesperson of Ole Miss, so you know you can trust it.
What are your methods to stave off the common cold?