You know the feeling -- it comes on suddenly: first a little strouble swallowing, then a sore spot at the back of your throat, then the scrtachy throat and swelling...uh-oh!
Here's what I do for drug-free ways to stop a sore throat and cold in its tracks:
1. Oil of oregano** applied at back of the throat (buy at the health food store and read label for instructions)
** Caution with using essential oils** they can burn! Essential oils must always be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil.
2. Zinc lozenge, such as Cold-Eeze (My fiber product is also rich in zinc for immune health)
3. Elixir of honey, vinegar, lemon juice, ginger (fresh if possible) cayenne in warm water
4. Gargle with salt, tumeric in warm water; about 1/2 tsp each in 1/3 cup warm water 2-3x daily
5. Suck on tiny spoonfuls of honey and coconut oil throughout the day
If you do get a full-blown cold, with a stuffy nose and headache, continue with this:
6. Use a humidifier (add few drops of essential oil of peppermint)** especially at night
7. Take a hot steamy shower for 15 minutes (put a towel of bottom of the door to prevent steam from escaping)
8. Rub Vicks (or other menthol product) on chest and throat -- my Dad's added remedy was to wrap his neck in a wool sock -- you could use a washcloth or tea towel. This creates heat for more vapors to rise that help with opening nasal passages.
9. Put the Vicks rub on your feet and cover with pair of socks before bed. The menthol may make you feel chilly, so add an extra blanket to your bed for more comfort.
9. Use a saline spray (I like Arm & Hammer) to soothe nasal passages
10. Use Zycam nasal swabs to kill the germs inside your nose
11. Wear a nose strip (I like Breathe Eaze) to open nasal passages
12. Sleep with head and shoulders propped up on an extra pillow
13. Drink peppermint tea (the essential oils and steam will help with stuffiness)
13. Chicken soup or a thin broth is delicious, nourishing and comforting. Add a few drops of hot sauce to help open up nasal passages and clear your head!
(If your doctor approves, you could take a couple of aspirin or a decongestant)
Most colds and sore throats are from bacteria, not viruses, so an antibiotic won't work, and will only weaken your immune systme further.
I've done all the above things which do apper to make me feel better! But you kow the old saying:
"If you treat a cold, you'll get over it in a week -- and if you do nothing, you'll get over it in 7 days!"
But...its good to FEEL better in the meantime, right?
If you have any tips to share for home remedies for sore throat and stuffy nose, please post them below in the comments.
I do hop you won't have to be using them anytime soon!
In the meantime, here's wishing you bright shiny health inside and out!
P.S> I did read about putting a sliced onion on a plate next to your bed to kill the bugs in the air. Haven't tried that one...have you?
P.P.S. Another good source of zinc is pumpkin seed, one of the ingredients in my Fat Burning Fiber. You can get a pouch along with other fabulous limited-time items in my Living Swell Christmas Gift Set, on sale now! We do sell out so please act quickly if you're interested in the savings.