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Cassie Langstraat
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it is starting to go around my family and friend group.. eek! my nose is starting to run and I don't want it to turn into full blown sickness.. help!
 
Burra Maluca
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Echinacea, vitamin C, hot drinks and a woolly hat, before the cold hits.
 
David Livingston
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Hot lemon juice , honey diluted with Irish whisky oh and going to bed with a book alone

David
 
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I'm a fan of doing an hour-plus intense cardio workout when I start to feel sick. In the past, my routine was to watch Braveheart (177 minutes) while on an elliptical machine at the start of any cold. An hour of running can raise your body temp up to 103 degrees which also happens to be around the sweet spot for kicking your immune system into high gear.

Even if it doesn't help with the cold, you end up getting a lot of exercise.
 
R Scott
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I have an essential oil blend I put in the diffuser or on a scarf/bandana/buff. It is from Rocky mountain oils or native American nutritional, purify and flu time. The list of oils is too long to type on the tablet.

Ginger, any way you have it. A tsp of powdered ginger from the spice rack mixed with just enough honey to make a paste and let it melt in your mouth. Fresh is better, but anything is better than nothing.

 
Penny Dumelie
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Ginger - take it daily. It is anti everything bad so it's good for preventive methods and treatment.
Same with Garlic.
Use them fresh, use them in cooking, take a capsule everyday for easy use.
Drink lots and lots of water.
Thieves oil is common where I live but I've never used it myself

Thieves Oil Recipe
 
C. Hunter
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Chicken soup with lots of garlic
keep your head warm
lots of water
REST!
 
Jay Grace
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Lava cider. (fire cider)
 
Bill Bradbury
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Osha, just chew on a piece of root for an hour or so and a hot toddy right before bed.
 
Asher Gray
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Vitamin C!!! A while ago I started reading some Linus Pauling, he was a bio chemist, colleague and friend of Einstein and the only person to ever win two Nobel Prizes by himself. So a pretty smart guy, I assume and good hearted too. That led to this other guy Dr. Frederick Robert Klenner who was a medical doctor in the 50's who treated all kinds of illnesses with very high doses (this is the important part) of Vitamin C. If your interested in the facts, both have published numerous studies of the effects which when read kinda make you wonder if all the money made off cold and flu drugs caused a plot to distract us from the power of an un-patentable vitamin.? Who knows, probably so. Basically, all that research theorizes that we all used to live closer to the tropics and as we spread out from the tropics we got further away from rich sources of Vitamin C, one of the few vitamins that do not store long in our bodies and we are always in need of replenishing it, as many of life's functions use it up and thus we are all living in a state just barely post scurvy.
Here's a few things it does to help you be happy and healthy:
-Vitamin C strengthens connective tissue thereby increasing resistance to viral invasion
-Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, metabolizes free radicals and in high doses is a powerful anti-viral
-Vitamin C helps adrenal glands synthesize a variety of steroid hormones which process adrenaline and noradrenaline preventing adrenal exhaustion, also preventing cell and hormone oxidation which prevents cancers and viruses from attacking oxidized cells
-Leukocytes(white blood cells) actively seek and transport Vitamin C to damaged tissue
-Leukocytes also require Vitamin C for making globulins and for phagocytosis (ingesting bacteria and other invaders)
-Leukocytes are so hungry for Vitamin C that when too little is present they will retain enough to cause scurvy in other tissues
-the lens of the eye requires Vitamin C and it is known to prevent cataracts
-Vitamin C destroys histamine, prevents premature seperation of the placenta, dissolves cholesterol, pulls calcium from calcium plaques in arteries, detoxifies the body of heavy metals, and is essential for synthesis and maintenance of collagen
-Vitamin C has been proven to fight over 30 major diseases including: pneumonia, arthritis, cancer, leukemia, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, MS, and chronic fatigue.
-Vitamin C is one of the safest substances you can put in the human body and is completely safe and effective in extremely high doses.(medical studies have treated cancer patients with 1,000,000 mg/day intravenously with only slight discomfort, nausea, and headache as the side effects)
If you are pregnant or on other medications consult your doctor first.

I personally started taking about 6-8 grams of Vitamin C daily three years ago, I take (2) 1000mg pills in the morning, at lunch, and at dinner and sometimes more before I go to bed) and more throughout the day if I feel a tickle in my throat or am around other sick people. I don't take it all at once because it makes me gassy if I do and then I'm no fun to be around. (In high doses it's also the most healthy laxative you can readily and quickly find at pharmacies) Here's the results, I haven't gotten sick, not a cold, not a flu, nothing in three years!!! I try my best to be a pretty healthy person, I exercise, work outside, eat tons of veggies and grow most of my food and have for about 8 years. But before I started taking what I at first thought was a lot of Vitamin C, but now know is just enough. I still got sick two to three times a year. But not since the "C" nothing, nada!! I have no explanation except the "C" I'm still around sick people all the time in cold and flu season. Give it a shot and tell me what you think.
If you're already getting sick you probably can't take too much, but spread it out through the day, try 2 grams an hour, you'll start feeling better by the end of the day when you would normally be feeling worse. I recently visited my folks for the holidays and guess what? My dad had the flu, full on bad flu. He was too deep in to be saved but my mom was getting the first signs of it and I convinced her to try taking 2 grams an hour. At the end of the day she had taken 20 grams and no longer felt bad, she got a little gassy that day but come the next she was back to 100%. We all stayed on the C pretty heavy until my dad was better and not my mom, my wife, or I got the flu! Even though we were all trapped in a small sealed up winter house with the sick guy!
I'm sticking with it and spreading the good word. The soapbox was appreciated and wishes of good health to all.
 
Kirk Holmberg
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Hey everyone! My trick is to get that body temp up. Plus Lots Of Water.

I have also been looking more and more about probiotics. They seem to be more about just health and digestive health but lots of people feel to get sick less well taken. I started looking into fermented drinks or pops/soda that was mentioned in a few of the podcasts. So I am trying out kefir at the end of the week.

Is it possible that probiotics and the bad guys that make you sick be like aerobic and anaerobic soil Sorry if that is a bit of a tangent. happy new year everyone.
 
Jan Beckham
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Hey Cassie, one of the reasons we all get more cold and flu issues in the winter in N America is the lack of sunlight! Old Scandanavian mama's knew how to protect the family, they forced cod liver oil down them! Now we can take vitamin D 3 supplements in the winter instead, to decrease the severity and length of these winter curses..
 
Heather Hemphill
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I absolutely agree with Asher Gray. Vitamin C is the way to go. I take 2 gms in the morning and 2 at night along with a Coral Calcium and a few tablets of Vitamin D3 every day. The combination works synergistically and helps your body get the most out of the C. I'm only 120 lbs so I don't need a higher dose and I am a very healthy eater and I rarely have anything makes me sick.

IF something has dampered my immune system (like too much sugar, some kind of toxin, or a messload of stress) and I start to feel anything coming on I up the C to 3 or 4 gms of the time release Vitmin C along with the Coral Calcium and D3 every 4 hours even through the night if I wake up. If I get gassy I drop it back a gram or so, if it needs more I up it. I listen to my body to let me know which way to go. But I keep up the dosing every 4 hours for at least 24 hours then drop it back to every 6 and then back to my twice a day over a few days. Don't stop the higher doses cold turkey, taper it off.

The most important aspect is that it truly is a situation of "A stitch in time saves 9". If I can catch the telltale signs early and take a high dose of C, calcium and D3 right away, I can stop it in its tracks. Again taper off, But if I happen to be out or away from C and it takes a bit of a hold before I get there. I need way more for much longer to kick it out.

For sore throats that sometimes come on. I also use Oil of Oregano. If you have any kind of sore throat it can taste pretty nasty and feel aweful for a few moments but it sure kicks the sore throat out fast. Especially when you add the C regime.

Lastly a soak in a hot tub with a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide added does wonders.

Unless there is an emotional issue that I need to address that usually kicks any illness away. And for Emotional issues that need addressing I use EFT. http://www.thetappingsolution.com Sometimes if I don't have C handy tapping can stop it in its track too.

Before I understood about C. calcium and D3 if I caught a cold it could last for a week or two. Now even if I get a right runny nose it is gone in a day or two.
 
Fiona Martin
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Great timing, was about to post and ask for remedies for colds and sore throats. Currently laid up with a nasty dose of cold, so will go and try as many of these as I have ingredients for! Just remembered my normal trick for sore throats - gargle with warm water and vinegar, always helps, kicking myself for not doing it sooner. A saltwater gargle also helps.
 
R Scott
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I agree with vitamins c & d, BUT they need to be natural. Synthetic don't work the same, can even act as a negative as the displace the natural from food.
 
Tom Gauthier
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The only sure remedy I know of is ... patience !!
Lot's of rest, stay hydrated, stay warm, eat good hot food (chicken soup), and exercise ... gets the body temperature up, cycles liquid through the body, and it leads to rest.
Don't fight the symptoms ... that's the body's immune system fighting the virus.
-Tom
 
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I ran across this old thread http://www.permies.com/t/19864/medicinal-herbs/guess-cold-home-remedies It has a lot of good suggestions also.
 
Vida Norris
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This is what I usually use:

1 tsp fresh ginger
1 tsp fresh garlic
1 tsp honey
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup water

Combine and boil for 30 seconds. Drink as quickly as you can (without burning yourself) and then go to sleep.

Works really well, especially at the beginning of a cold. Taste is pretty strong but you get used to it, and you can always add more honey. I make sure I use my food processor so the chunks of ginger and garlic are small
 
Steven Feil
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Heat destroys the medicinal properties of garlic, ONLY USE IT FRESH. Probably the same goes for ginger. I actually hate putting heat on ANYTHING medicinal except were absolutely necessary (barks mainly).
 
Roger Taylor
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Fiona Martin wrote:Great timing, was about to post and ask for remedies for colds and sore throats. Currently laid up with a nasty dose of cold, so will go and try as many of these as I have ingredients for! Just remembered my normal trick for sore throats - gargle with warm water and vinegar, always helps, kicking myself for not doing it sooner. A saltwater gargle also helps.


I haven't had a bad cold for years, and as soon as I feel something coming on I do the saltwater gargle as well. Anecdotal evidence at best of course.
 
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One of my former teachers explained a cold as indicating a lack of internal heat, according to traditional Chinese medicine theory. Her prescription was cognac and steak, both of which is supposed to add internal heat. I've tried it and while I don't know if anything changed with my internal heat, I certainly felt better afterwards.
 
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