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Best remedy for a head cold?
« on: September 01, 2008, 05:59:29 PM »

Gimme Grandma's home treatments, powerful chemical solutions, whatever ya got.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2008, 06:04:54 PM »

For stuffiness I've found a mild hot sauce in soup can help. It doesn't even have to sting or anything. Just be warned, if you have stuffiness plus runny-ness then you'll get more runny. >_>
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2008, 07:32:16 PM »

Doin' it now. Miso + Texas Pete.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2008, 07:35:50 PM »

I've found the sauna or steam room loosens up the sinuses.  I prefer Ricola original cough drops for any cough.  As crazy as it may sound, exercising at least enough to sweat seems to help--as long as you aren't coughing and irritating your lungs more with added breathing.

The most important thing--and you hear it all the time--is probably to keep hydrated.  Keep caffeine to a minimum.  It will dehydrate you more easily when you have a virus.  I drink a lot of sugar free drinks.  Excessive sugar will sap you of your energy, rather than helping.  Obviously, water is okay, but it doesn't really satisfy me, as I usually drink iced tea all day.

Spicy soups seem to make me feel better (I sometimes eat one of those cups of ramen, and add cayenne pepper powder--sometimes just broth from bouillon with cayenne added provides sinus relief.)  My favorite is Tom Yum Goong, Thai spicy lemon grass soup with with shrimp.  You can probably also get Kimchi spicy noodle bowls at WalMart in the asian section.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2008, 08:59:22 PM »

Ricola cough drops are good if you've got an accompanying sore throat (I am particularly prone to them, unfortunately :().  I always enjoy showering and generating a lot of steam.  It helps moisturize and can help break stuff up.  I also use Zicam nasal spray which makes you pretty much instantly need to blow your nose.  It's "homeopathic", but it must have something in it that actually works.

This should also go without saying, but drink a lot of water.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2008, 09:13:45 PM »

Got a head cold? Get rid of the head. Then you'll just be cold.

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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2008, 09:31:16 PM »

Before trying error's method, you could try hot lemonade with added honey, and great big bowls of Vidalia Onion Soup.
I make it with beef stock (usually homemade), a pound or more of sliced vidalias, and an entire bulb's worth of crushed garlic cloves.
Before adding the broth, the vidalias and garlic are slow cooked in butter, and sprinkled with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.

If that doesn't help you feel at least a little bit more human, you can always move on to Madame Guillotine.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2008, 09:41:37 PM »

Cranberry juice coctail - lots of it.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2008, 09:54:33 PM »

Cocaine. 
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2008, 10:07:01 PM »

I'll try everything but error and Lindey's suggestions :)

Been drinking green tea all day mixed with lemonade. Having some really garlicy/oniony guacamole now, maybe that'll be close enough to Joy's suggestion. Don't have any Ricola but I'd like to.

Weird cold.. comes in phases where I feel pretty good, then crash again.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2008, 10:08:00 PM »

I'll try everything but error and Lindey's suggestions :)

Been drinking green tea all day mixed with lemonade. Having some really garlicy/oniony guacamole now, maybe that'll be close enough to Joy's suggestion. Don't have any Ricola but I'd like to.

Weird cold.. comes in phases where I feel pretty good, then crash again.

That's too bad.  Error and I are fucking geniuses, and our suggestions were the best. 
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2008, 10:21:19 PM »

Lots of water.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2008, 10:51:05 PM »

Water, juices with vitamin C, and soup should help. Hydration will make you feel better, and the vitamins, and protein in easily digestible form help out.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2008, 10:59:22 PM »

Smoke pot.

Seriously, it works.
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Re: Best remedy for a head cold?
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2008, 11:37:16 PM »

I'll try everything but error and Lindey's suggestions :)

Been drinking green tea all day mixed with lemonade. Having some really garlicy/oniony guacamole now, maybe that'll be close enough to Joy's suggestion. Don't have any Ricola but I'd like to.

Weird cold.. comes in phases where I feel pretty good, then crash again.

Try to keep the green tea to a minimum, as it has caffeine.
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