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Kay Inglis

Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« on: January 24, 2019, 03:04:49 AM »
'Tis the season for colds and flu over here in the UK.

I've just acquired my first dose of cold/fluey something.

And I have concocted the perfect drink to make me feel better.

The juice of two oranges.

1 teaspoon of honey.

Two teaspoons of whisky.

Make up with a cupful of boiling water.

Any other cold (or other) home remedies?

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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2019, 03:15:38 AM »
Not got any remedies but I do recommend lying on a sofa with your duvet over you and watching a glut of comedies*
, while someone brings you cups of tea.

* Whenever I'm unwell I will watch episodes of Blackadder, Red Dwarf, etc. First, it takes my mind off feeling like poo, and secondly, laughter may not be THE medicine, but it sure helps.

 
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2019, 04:06:37 AM »
Sorry you're feeling rubbish.

I tend to go for old-fashioned honey and lemon - bottled lemon juice is fine.  Slug of lemon juice, slug of honey, mix with boiling water, adjust to taste.  Helps with an amazing variety of things!  Colds, stomach upsets, sore throat ...

Traditionally, of course, you'd add whisky but I don't actually like whisky all that much.

My go to reading when I'm feeling awful is often Terry Pratchett - an undemanding read that reminds me, when I am feeling rotten, that the world can be a place full of joy. If it was TV then, yeah, Red Dwarf would get my vote, too.  Seems like there's a theme of comedy being required to off set the grimness of being ill.  Grin
     

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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2019, 05:05:08 AM »
A thermos of hot chocolate that uses 3 parts hot water and 1 part chocolate milk. I also pop an extra strength Fisherman's Friend when necessary.

I've never had good results with honey and tea. But with the hot chocolate and lozenges, I can get rid of all throat pain and discomfort after a couple days.
 
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Maggie Ann

Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2019, 06:19:54 AM »
My remedy for a sore throat is hot apple juice or apple cider. Drink it like hot tea. Chocolate ice cream is also good for a sore throat. That's what my mom gave me and I gave it to my kids.

I keep both in the house during the winter, which reminds me, I have ice cream but no chocolate. Alexa, add chocolate ice cream to my shopping list.

That hot toddy thing with whisky will knock me out for hours. I don't know if it works, but I'm too sound asleep to know that I'm sick.
           
 
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2019, 07:43:18 PM »
First sign I take zinc for 3 days, along with Vitamin C and Echinachea. I've had good luck with stopping anything from developing that way, but if it does go on and turn into a full blown cold, I keep up with the Vitamin C and Echinachea until it's over.

I went more than 5 years with slight sniffles or sore throats never developing into anything, but last year things caught up with me. Right now I'm just getting over what I first thought was a cold but turned out to be a sinus infection - first for that, and its just plain ugly. Have been breathing over a pan of steaming water as often as I can stand it for days, and it is majorly better.
 
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2019, 11:10:09 PM »
Elleoco's remedies (mostly) work for me too.

From the reading I've done, zinc is really the only supplement that will do any good, vitamin C etc doesn't really make much difference, but who knows?
Steaming is the thing that helps me  most, when I have a respiratory problem like flu or a cold. Can't take a bath any more (water restrictions yay!) but filling a bowl with hot water and tenting yourself over it with a towel works too. Also, taking it easy makes a big difference in how quickly I recover.
I find I crave very hot, spicy food like Tom Yum soup, or anything with lots of chili and ginger. No idea if it helps me heal, but it gives me an endorphin rush that makes me feel a lot better. And you know, the placebo effect is a real and powerful thing that does work! :)

I used to use a neti pot to rinse my sinuses, but I find it actually makes me worse, no matter how strictly I stick to the right way to do it.  Doesn't work for me, but lots of other people swear by it.

Oh, and I always get the vaccination. I don't often get the flu, because of that, but I do occasionally get a really bad cold.  My husband teaches at a school and brings all the germs home with him...
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Kay Inglis

Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2019, 02:38:26 AM »
Not got any remedies but I do recommend lying on a sofa with your duvet over you and watching a glut of comedies*
, while someone brings you cups of tea.

* Whenever I'm unwell I will watch episodes of Blackadder, Red Dwarf, etc. First, it takes my mind off feeling like poo, and secondly, laughter may not be THE medicine, but it sure helps.

Very good advice.

My son thoughtfully gave me the box set of "Poldark" as I was recovering from surgery before the cold hit.

Not comedy, but when you watch the episodes back-to-back you are so wrapped up in the vicissitudes in the lives of the good folk of Cornwall that you forget your own woes.

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Kay Inglis

Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2019, 02:42:40 AM »
Sorry you're feeling rubbish.

My go to reading when I'm feeling awful is often Terry Pratchett - an undemanding read that reminds me, when I am feeling rotten, that the world can be a place full of joy. If it was TV then, yeah, Red Dwarf would get my vote, too.  Seems like there's a theme of comedy being required to off set the grimness of being ill.  Grin

Thank you.

In fact you are spot on - I have been listening to audio books of "Guards! Guards!" and "Men at Arms" whilst recovering. I am now on "Feet of Clay".

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Kay Inglis

Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2019, 02:44:13 AM »
My remedy for a sore throat is hot apple juice or apple cider. Drink it like hot tea.

Sounds good. I have some cider so will try that.

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Kay Inglis

Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2019, 02:46:31 AM »
I went more than 5 years with slight sniffles or sore throats never developing into anything, but last year things caught up with me.

I haven't had a cold or any ailment for years and was getting quite smug.

But I recently had surgery and the cold followed - probably because my defences were down.

Being used to good health I am feeling particularly grumpy!

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Kay Inglis

Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2019, 02:50:12 AM »
Elleoco's remedies (mostly) work for me too.

From the reading I've done, zinc is really the only supplement that will do any good, vitamin C etc doesn't really make much difference, but who knows?

Yes, that is pretty much what I found when googling.

Normally I am a big coffee drinker, but being under the weather at the moment I find I don't fancy it and do fancy the lemon and orange drinks.

It's probably true that vitamin C only works to prevent a cold in advance, but the drinks are nice anyway!

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Maggie Ann

Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2019, 03:39:35 AM »
Sorry you're feeling rubbish.

My go to reading when I'm feeling awful is often Terry Pratchett - an undemanding read that reminds me, when I am feeling rotten, that the world can be a place full of joy. If it was TV then, yeah, Red Dwarf would get my vote, too.  Seems like there's a theme of comedy being required to off set the grimness of being ill.  Grin

Thank you.

In fact you are spot on - I have been listening to audio books of "Guards! Guards!" and "Men at Arms" whilst recovering. I am now on "Feet of Clay".

The beginning of Guards! Guards! with the passwords and secret societies had me rolling. I'm reading Going Postal right now. I'll have to see if my library has any of Pratchett's audios.

Just to add, I have a friend who swears by elderberry tea or just plain elderberries.
           
 
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2019, 04:43:45 AM »
I never waste good whiskey by mixing it with lemon juice and honey. I use rum, cheap rum.
 
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2019, 06:43:45 AM »
Guards, Guards! and Going Postal are my favourite Terry Pratchett books.
I like Lemsip with honey or hot Ribena for colds etc. I wouldn't mind an odd whisky but my husband is an alcoholic so I can't have it in the house.
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2019, 06:58:19 AM »
'Tis the season for colds and flu over here in the UK.

I've just acquired my first dose of cold/fluey something.

And I have concocted the perfect drink to make me feel better.

The juice of two oranges.

1 teaspoon of honey.

Two teaspoons of whisky.

Make up with a cupful of boiling water.

Any other cold (or other) home remedies?
I do something similar with a nice Scotch (no need to use your finest single malt though - that would be a waste) and the juice of a lemon.  I do however *cough* use a bit more whisky than 2 teaspoons. 😜
 
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2019, 07:58:45 AM »
I haven't been sick in many years. But when I used to get sick, two things (in great volume) expedited my recovery: sleep and hydration.

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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2019, 08:05:03 AM »
I haven't been sick in many years. But when I used to get sick, two things (in great volume) expedited my recovery: sleep and hydration.
I take my sleep and hydration with a little whisky.
 
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2019, 08:17:37 AM »
I haven't been sick in many years. But when I used to get sick, two things (in great volume) expedited my recovery: sleep and hydration.
I take my sleep and hydration with a little whisky.

I love bourbon myself.  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2019, 10:04:05 AM »
Either works. A matter of preference.  grint
 
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« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2019, 01:42:59 AM »
I haven't been sick in many years. But when I used to get sick, two things (in great volume) expedited my recovery: sleep and hydration.

Yes, these seem to be the crucial elements behind recovery.

But the potions have helped too - have to keep the morale up.

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« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2019, 09:01:32 PM »
I was attending to a dear friend suffering from severe dry cough and GERD.  :haironfire I administered Vaseline Petroleum Jelly for the neck and there was a lot of improvement since then. The skin cells need to get hydrated (apart from "staying hydrated" as some have said in the thread) as well. So, body lotions containing shea butter/ cocoa butter can add to the overall peace and relaxation. Apart from that, chewing ginger slowly and mixing turmeric powder in hot milk can help. Salt water gargle is also an excellent option.
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2019, 09:19:33 PM »
This works:
As soon as you start feeling bad or run down take 100,000 I.U.s of vitamin D for three consecutive days. It stops a virus in its tracks.
 

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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2019, 09:38:23 PM »
Zinc is clinically proven to release the duration and severity of the common cold.  We take it at the first sign, next day you blow your nose like crazy, day after that you start getting better.  In the US we have two brands; Zicam and Coldeeze.   We also hydrate like crazy, lots of water, decafe tea and pineapple juice.  Pineapple juice supposedly has enzymes that boost your immune system.  I hardly ever drink juice, so it is like a treat, I alternate all day, glass of juice, glass of water.
 

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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2019, 10:38:02 PM »
Chicken soup--homemade is best--has been found to have an enzyme in it that helps with colds, too. And the liquid helps, of course.

I've used zinc to ward off coming down with a huge case of bronchitis when someone in my household was sick with it. The zinc worked. 

Dehydration I think is the major element that makes us vulnerable to colds. I routinely get sick while traveling because airplanes are dehydrating and at the same time the air in them is festering with disease. The perfect combination.
 
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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2019, 04:49:25 AM »
We are just coming into our winter season here. I find that clearing your nose and sinuses using a neti pot and saline solution cleans out any germs and also makes breathing a lot easier. I use it if I've been somewhere in close proximity to someone with a cold, or large crowds of people, such as a shopping mall. Saw it first on Dr Oz. Wish I'd known about it years ago after suffering sleepless nights because of being unable to breathe. :icon_rolleyes:

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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2019, 04:30:12 AM »
We are just coming into our winter season here. I find that clearing your nose and sinuses using a neti pot and saline solution cleans out any germs and also makes breathing a lot easier. I use it if I've been somewhere in close proximity to someone with a cold, or large crowds of people, such as a shopping mall. Saw it first on Dr Oz. Wish I'd known about it years ago after suffering sleepless nights because of being unable to breathe. :icon_rolleyes:

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-use-a-neti-pot#how-it-works

When my kids were little, I had a rubber nasal syringe. I would put the saline solution in the nostrils using an eye dropper and then suction out all the gunk. Their pediatrician told me about it. Of course, he had the fancy equipment.

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Re: Your home flu/cold and other remedies?
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2019, 05:38:41 AM »
Cutting carbohydrate intake to under 20 grams per day has been a life changer.

I recently caught Norovirus (or something) while babysitting, and while I was low on energy for two days, it wasn't nearly as bad as I imagined it could have been. I am healthier than ever. I've tried a lot of different diets during my years on this planet, and nothing has come close to low-carb for health benefits, from physical composition to mood and energy.

If you think the only people who do low-carb are a couple of your wackiest fad diet friends, who inevitably crash and burn, think again. Sensible people are getting on board, and more doctors, too. It just takes time for government guidelines to change, and those guidelines are controlled by corporate and political interests.

My only regret about low-carb (or keto) is not starting sooner. And maybe not taking enough electrolytes the first few weeks.

If you're interested, the videos here are a good start: www.dietdoctor.com

Shout-out to Anarchist, on the zero-carb! Go, you! I'm pretty close to carnivore OMAD some days.

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