The Common Cold Remedy?

Well, it happened. Somehow I've managed to get a cold. Started out with allergies over the weekend and has since morphed into something completely out of that realm. And it totally pisses me off. The timing for me to get sick was prime, I know, but timing for me to afford to get sick... was not. Let's just say that when I would rather be at home in bed, sleeping it off, I am up-and-at-em all eff-ing day long. It sucks. Big time.

Here are some suggestions as to how to avoid/cure a cold the Design Community via Design Sponge

Jonathan Adler — The Fist Bump! I believe that palms are basically just petri dishes — I avoid them at all costs. I sat next to some 75-year-old dude at a luncheon a few years ago. When I went to shake his hand, he offered me an age-improbable fist bump and told me that when he had a heart transplant 10 years earlier, his doctor told him to never, ever, ever shake hands because they are germ central. Fist bump fist bump fist bump!
Heidi Swanson — Fresh ginger juice! I put it in tea, soups and broths, juices and hot drinks. Simply grate it, peeled, on a microplane and then press the solids into a strainer to extract the juice. If you do a bunch at a time, it freezes well, so you can always have it on hand.
Cheryl Day of Back in the Day Bakery — When I feel a cold coming on, I make a solution of very warm water and salt to gargle, which helps with inflammation and congestion and wards off nasty bacteria, too. You can also buy a saline nasal spray. I follow up with herbal green tea, hot chicken and vegetable soup and a very long nap on the couch with a pile of magazines.
Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul — Lets face it, getting over a cold takes a week, with or without remedies. So just get comfy under the covers, have plenty of tissues and wait it out!
Ginny Branch — I’m a big fan of “letting food be thy medicine,” and I find the more fruits and vegetables I consume, the more I flood my body with the nutrients I need to ward off nagging colds. Colloidal silver is extremely helpful when I feel a little something coming on, and I find vitamin C-enhanced zinc and copious amounts of ginger help rid my body of any sickness.
Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay — I’m out every morning at the chilly dog park with Lucy, so one way I’ve finally figured out to stay warm and healthy is to wear a hat with ear flaps. There’s something about keeping my head warm that seems to keep me from getting sick — even if that might be totally in my head (no pun intended) and I look like a ridiculously lost WWII pilot. If I do get a nasty cold, I drink lots of homemade ginger tea, and it makes the cold’s nasty life a whole lot shorter.
Amy Butler — The moment I feel a scratchy throat coming on or a funky headache, I start downing Sambucol and olive leaf extract. Both are excellent for building your immune system back up. Both are proven to shorten a cold by several days! You can also just soak your feet or immerse yourself in a soothing bath. The salts pull infection out of your body and relax your nervous system. I love a bath with plain salts mixed with essential oils like peppermint, spearmint and eucalyptus. These oils in particular are great for opening your sinuses, too.
Katy Elliott — I can’t even remember the last time I was sick. About a year ago when I first got pregnant, I started taking a daily multivitamin, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, eating healthy and sleeping seven to eight hours per night. If I feel a little run down, I take it easy and rest. No coughs, colds or flus in over a year and counting! Take care of yourself, and your body will take care of you.
Ashley English — To ward off sniffles and sneezes, I put a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in the bath, rub some herbal warming balm on my chest and sip loads of homemade ginger, honey and lemon tea.

Looks like I'll have a million new things to try to get rid of this thing.

If you want some more suggestions (which I could probably need) there are more on Design Sponge

I've also been told that a pinch of cayenne, a tablespoon of honey, and apple cider vinegar mixed with water is a potent concoction that knocks any bug off it's feet.

Do you have a remedy that works wonders? Let me know!


drollgirl said...

WAH! i am so sorry you are sick!

i got sick a week before christmas. about seven days later i started feeling better -- finally. then the next day or so i got ANOTHER cold. these colds take FOREVER to get rid of. i think it has been 5 weeks and i still have disgusting phlegm to deal with, and less-than-normal energy. it is frustrating.

AND two co-workers are sniffling and feeling lousy, so i feel like i might catch their cooties. NO! i d not want to get sick again!

needless to say, i am printing out this post!

and i hope you feel better soon!

p.s. i have been resting more, eating tons of fruits and veggies, taking vitamins, etc. -- all in the hopes of building up my immunity. not sure if it is working, but i guess it can't hurt!

drollgirl said...

ok, one or two things make me feel so much better when i have a cold:

hot tea. it helps. it really does.

but the BEST thing i recently discovered is a thai soup -- tom yum ka. TO DIE FOR. absolutely delicious. and it makes you feel better too -- at least while you are eating it. i want some now!!!!

Kecia@CoutureZoo said...

There has been a lot of fresh ginger root, honey, and citrus going on up in here!