What Are Your Remedies For The Common Cold?

The Black household has been smitten with all sorts of nasty germs this last week. We’ve been sniffling, sneezing and coughing our little hearts out. My cold has even developed into full blown man flu! Thankfully I had booked a couple of days off work anyway, but all Fionnuala and I seem to have done is drive from one appointment to the next in our ever packed schedules. No respite or time to retire to bed and sleep off the sickness.

Hannah’s school bus broke down at the start of the week so Fionnuala has been shuttling her back and forth to school in Belfast. Busy mothers don’t have time to feel sick or in any way sorry for themselves but when I asked her today had she any ideas for the blog she suggested I ask for your common cold remedies. The more bizarre the better, preferably those passed down through the mists of time by doting grandmothers.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

32 thoughts on “What Are Your Remedies For The Common Cold?

  1. “Feed a cold, starve a fever”. I like chicken soup, homemade is the best but any kind works. Also onion soup is fabulous good medicine, too. I made myself some onion soup yesterday. I have a bit of a cold myself.

    But eat. A cold wants to feed. I had onion soup yesterday, leftover spaghetti, a big salad with shrimp & blue cheese dressing & lots of hot tea. When my son came home from work in the middle of the night, I cooked up hot dogs for us. & I had another cup of tea before going back to bed.

    My father used to say, there’s no cure for a cold, you have to let it “take its course”. But while you’re suffering, eat well, drink a lot of fluids, blow your nose & sleep as much as you can.

    Oh. & stay home from work. Don’t spread that stuff around.


  2. Chicken soup, hot tea with lemon. The more lemon, the better. And, keep the meds up. Just attack it with over the counter remedies, especially nasal congestion. But, my hubby is a microbiologist and he takes care of me so he won’t get sick and this is what he feeds me. And, it works!

    Unfortunately, lots of rest completes the prescription. At a minimum, go to bed early.


  3. Tons of hot liquid full of lemon and honey. The more unfiltered, raw and local the honey, the better. Soups – Pho is pretty darned good. Need to clear out the sinuses and stuff? Pop in those jalapenos or the chiles of your choice. Paracetamol or aspirin. Rest when you can.


  4. Chicken soup – of course, hot cranberry juice ( soothing, clears the throat, and has lots of Vit C) and I am a big fan of saline nasal rinses. I hope you are back to being well soon!


  5. If you follow this course – lots of rest, plenty of liquid, and big, steaming bowls of chicken soup – your cold will be done in seven days. If you try to tough it out and do nothing it will take a week.


  6. In our house we used a lot of Vicks Vapor Rub on our chests and feet. It’s funny I hated the smell of it as a kid and now I love it. Also chicken soup, hot tea, and lots of Vitamin C and Zinc. Tissues with Lotion built in are always helpful to prevent sore noses. Feel better everyone!


  7. Not sure why this is coming back to me right now because I’m not sure it’s a cure for the common cold but if you have cold feet put cinnamon in your socks. It actually works believe it or not.


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