Old-fashioned cures for the common cold

It’s here. The season of coughs, sneezes and snot has officially landed in all its hacking, sniffing glory. Nice.

Whether it’s you, your partner or the kids (let’s face it – when’s it not the kids?), dealing with temperatures, sore throats, coughs, sneezes, aches and pains is no one’s idea of fun. You’ve tried the cold cloth on the forehead, the mug of hot Ribena, Calpol and naps, but they’re still moaning.

If you’re at your wits’ end with trying to deal with the common cold in your house, here’s a few alternative remedies that might be worth a bash – we can’t guarantee they’ll work, but when all you can hear is a pathetic cough in the background, anything’s worth trying…

Add an extra pillow

By adding an extra pillow to your bed, you’ll be propping your head up a bit higher and allowing your sinuses to drain a little easier. No lying awake with a stuffed up head, more sleep to help the body combat infection, and the patient will be a little more cheerful in the morning.

Gargle salt water

Maybe not one for the kids, this not-so-tasty concoction is said to cure sore throats and deal with infection. Gargle some warm water with a little salt sprinkled in it to ease a croaky throat.

Chicken soup

Maybe it’s magic, but chicken soup seems to cure just about everything. It’s said that the hot soup will help break down congestion, and all the healthy nutrients will boost your immune system.

Boost your vitamin C

A big glass of orange juice will provide your body with lots of cold-busting vitamin C – no need for pricey tablets from the chemist!

Rub Vicks on your feet

We’ve tried this and it didn’t work for us, but some swear by it! Rub some Vicks VapoRub on your tootsies (as opposed to your chest or neck), pull on some socks and head to bed. Rumour has it, it stops you from coughing at night.

Go for garlic

Another weird/gross one. Garlic is an antioxidant and also contains allicin – known for cutting a cold short. So crush a clove of garlic, mix it in a cup of warm milk and neck it. (Don’t blame us if you gag.)

A hot toddy

For our readers over the age of 18, a wee hot toddy is a fantastic cure. Warm up a shot of whisky, add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice and you’re on your way to feeling better. Or at least, a little warmer and fuzzier.

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