Fighting Off a Cold with Honey, Wet Sock Treatment, Raw Garlic

April 24, 2012
I'm sitting here drinking hot water with honey (too bad I don't have any fresh lemon juice) and I'm ready for a nap! This is a bit weird for me because I have a cold. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but I think the last time I had one was around 1.5 years - 2 years ago. So you know? I'm just not used to this.

Obviously I was quite good at avoiding the cold when hubby or my daughter had it all those times, but I guess this time around it finally got me (thanks, hubby! I love you too! *Geez, doesn't it just reek of sarcasm?*). I had a scratchy throat for about a day and a half. What I don't like about it, (not that anyone I know would like it) the scratchy feeling makes me cough and cough and cough some more. What's worse is I'm asthmatic so that's why I avoid hubby and daughter like the plague when they have colds.

I was bad. I went into my cupboard and took an over-the-counter cough medicine. Egads! I know it contradicts to what I'm trying to achieve in my life and on this blog, but weakness won this time.

The day I got my scratchy throat I went on my search for some comfort. I know you can gargle with warm salt water, drink hot water with honey and lemon, take vitamin C and zinc, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest and suck on Ricola all day long. Well, the latter is not true at all because there is a limit on how many you should take. Anyways, I also found I should be eating raw garlic cloves. I love garlic...cooked, roasted, whatever, but raw? I don't know; I've never eaten raw garlic before. Do I nibble on it like it's a piece of white chocolate or do I put the whole clove in my mouth and chew it??

My hubby is completely congested and I suggested to him the wet sock treatment. Of course, he looked at me like I was crazy. If I get to that point, I may just try it out myself.

Feel free to share with me your tips that have worked for you for fighting off a scratchy, sore throat and cold. I'd love to hear it!

ETA: I must be aligned with the universe or something because I found some really great home remedies for sore throats and a link for natural cough syrup!

Natural Remedies for Sore Throats: Home Remedies Submitted by My Readers

Many thanks to Mare at Holistic Mamas.


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