I have a cold

And I need your help to stay healthy! I'm normally a very healthy person, I bike to all my classes around town every day, and eat all my fruits and veggies. However, this morning I woke up and felt like I had a 10 pound weight in each of my lungs. I've been sipping on hot tea with honey all day, but I don't want it to progress any further into my finals weekends.

Tell me some of your surefire cold remedies so that I can get straight A's again!

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Davik's picture

Embodiment

Just vitamins and lots of sleep.

Poisonous Giraffe's picture

Devotee

as much as possible, that always helps. Of course, your imminent finals probably won't make this easy.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

swears by vitamin C and ecchinacia. I'm not sure I buy it, but there you have it. Maybe get a humidifier for your room? I also find I feel best after a very very hot shower, and I try to hack up anything in my lungs while I'm in there. Maybe give that a shot before you go to sleep or before studying or exams. I always find sleeping it off is what cures me, but it doesn't sound like you have time for that. Good luck on your exams! (and if all else fails, try a little goose fat.)

Freegrassn's picture

Ecchinacia worked wonders when I was little.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Bone broth--chicken soup made with the whole chicken, garlic and ginger. And did I mention sleep? Also zinc. And sleep. Oh, neti pot for the nose helps too.

LaurenF's picture

Petitioner

Guys, unfortunately, I can't sleep. I have a children's book to put together. I love to sleep, but I can't. Maybe like 4 to 5 hours a night, tops for the next 2 weeks. Ugh, my life. Curse this strange Georgia weather.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

...there probably isn't much you can do (sleep really does help). If you Really Must Get Better NOW, try Badger's "Hit It Hard Before It Really Starts" cold cure.

This does put your body under quite a bit of metabolic stress, so it's not recommended more than a couple times per year.

kalinka's picture

Postulant

Georgia, eh? So you fell victim to that snow yesterday? My mom (they live in Atlanta) sent me pictures.

I swear by hot tea because it always makes me feel better. The only over the counter thing that's ever worked for me is Advil ColdnSinus, but you have to sign your life away to get it because they don't want you to make meth out of it.

Andrea's picture

Supplicant

Davik has the right idea about the vitamins. I've tried all sorts of "cold cures," but nothing worked until I started taking a multivitamin every day. Also, if you're vegetarian you might want to make an effort to get some extra protein into your diet -- not dairy, because that will make you more congested. If you're willing to eat meat, chicken fingers always make me feel better.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Seriously, where does everyone get the idea that dairy makes you more congested? As a dairy farmer, I absolutely MUST drink milk and have more than the average share of other dairy servings (mostly cheese, mm!) because I'm so used to it. No dairy product has ever made me more congested, but this is the second or third time I've heard the rumor that dairy = congestion and I'm wondering where it came from. The only thing I can think of is that if you're drinking whole milk or 2%, the cream can leave a bit of a filmy feeling on your tongue/throat until you swallow a few more times or eat something with it. In which, that's not dairy=congestion, that's creamy goodness which can be avoided by drinking skim or 1% or consuming any other form of dairy. So yeah. Anyone wanna play MythBusters on this for me?

Yogurt is good sick food if you're on antibiotics or recently had some form of tummy problem, but neither of those apply to a cold =/ Vicks vaporub and Mucinex are my preferred decongestants.

V's picture

Embodiment

Who says it's only a rumor? People are complex organisms and, as you've noted, your body has adjusted based on your experience to react differently to dairy. It's very possible that some people react differently, especially if they don't have a lot of dairy to begin with. It's the same way that the BPAL-heads around here talk about how they amp some notes but not others.

I understand your motivation to make dairy a common food group, but I don't see this as bogus--think of it as a mild form of lactose intolerance.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

It really does make some people have more mucus and feel somewhat congested. I've been told by multiple voice coaches to stay away from dairy before singing. There is a notable difference. That said, dairy is awesome- but just not at certain times.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

I've had voice training and I've always heard this. Not that I don't like milk - I love it!

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

Which has the effect of feeling like more mucus. Thus, best avoided with throat ailments and singing.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

That was my point - I'm not really sure how a dairy product can actually cause you to make more mucus and therefore actually cause congestion. I *can* see how people would notice the effects of the protein & fat leaving a film or coating on their throat and mistake it for mucus until they rinse it clear by swallowing a lot or eating something else. I guess I didn't word it very clearly the first time. So unless someone can show me evidence otherwise, I would say 'milk causes congestion' = BUSTED.

And yes, I can see how the urge to repeatedly swallow or clear your throat would be quite annoying before a vocal performance. But then again, you probably shouldn't be eating cookies or in any other milk-consuming situations right before performing anyways Wink When I was in chorus, I was always told that warm liquid+sugar+citrus was the best for throats, be it in the form of honey lemon tea, warm grapefruit juice, warm Tang, or what have you.

Mmm... warm ruby red grapefruit juice...

V's picture

Embodiment

You don't meet any scientific standard for a bust, not even a sketchy Mythbusters one...just for a "I don't believe it" Smile Dairy as a general group contains certain group-specific compounds. The first one I can think of off the top of my head? Lactose. Compounds can cause reactions in the body. If lactose can cause nausea, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and flatulence, why do you dismiss the possibility of "congestion"? Even if lactose doesn't cause congestion, milk proteins might.

If you want to label it conclusively busted I would want to see a widespread study covering different genetic groups that saw no link between congestion/mucus production and consumption of dairy in either minor or "overload" amounts. Until then it's plausible. But if the study DOES show a link, it's confirmed Wink

greatmediocrity's picture

Devotee

Mucinex is fantastic, agreed.

Dairy products, especially milk and cheese, but not so much ice cream/frozen yogurt, gum my throat the hell up. Big time. If I drink milk or eat cheese, I'm guaranteed to be clearing my throat for the next half hour...not that it stops me from indulging, mind you. Smile

Andrea's picture

Supplicant

I love dairy too - I used to drink three or four big glasses of skim milk a day, plus yogurt (esp. after a course of antibiotics) and cheese and cottage cheese... you get the idea. My allergist, though, told me that consuming large quantities of dairy is a pretty common cause of seemingly-causeless congestion. Blame the doctors!

Tirael's picture

now. Seriously, it's the best remedy there is. Our bodies can fix almost anything, but they need the time and the resources to do it, and it just isn't going to go as fast if you stay awake. So, take some vitamins, keep drinking lots of hot stuff (camille or other herbal tea is particularly good) and go to bed. Whatever you need to do, there's a good chance your health is more important, and you can't do much of anything anyway if you're too sick to concentrate. The alternatives are you can get so stone drunk that you don't even care that your sick, or you can take a bunch of uppers so you don't feel that your sick. I wouldn't recommend that though. Seriously, get to bed and stay there till you're healthy again.

Finally, there is no cure for the common cold, since there is no common cold. It's a million different viruses with the same symptoms.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

chicken soup+vitamins+wearing warm enough clothes + what kind of tea have you been drinking? Honeybush tea, related to Rooibos tea, is an expectorant. Peppermint tea clears up the sinuses, and white and green teas are supposed to boost immune systems. I'd drink a Japanese green with some honeybush and mint, but just find a medicinal tea somewhere, instead of just a regular black or green, methinks.

Eleonora's picture

Devotee

It's also true that you can't catch up on sleep. Sleeping more on one day will not make up for the lack of sleep of the day before. If you structurally don't sleep enough, you can also get depressed.
Also please realise that if you sleep more you might have less time to do stuff, but your effectiveness goes up.
Good luck and feel better!

Bedazzled101's picture

Petitioner

-Buy EmergenC 1000mg Vitamin C packets and take that every morning
-Buy Echinacea Purpurea Powder, as the root is the most potent portion of the plant(I buy mine here but any health food store should carry it or something similar: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/now/ech.html )
-Boil a pot of water, put in eucalyptus oil and wrap a towel over your head and around the pot for 15-30 mins before bed
-Feed a cold, carb up as it helps your body fight the cold
-take night time cold medicines(the kind kept over the counter(nyquil or comparable) as the other stuff is useless since the laws were changed) so you sleep thoroughly, as sleep deprivation just makes it worse
-If your nose is running use a saline nasal spray or neti pot
-Get 10-15 mins of sunshine and fresh air if possible(not too chilly outside)
-Keep warm at all times, don't let yourself get cool
-sleep with your chest and head propped up at an angle to help decrease fluid buildup in your lungs.
-*If you can find liquid B12 supplement with folic acid(folic acid is needed for your body to absorb the B12), it will be great in the morning to give you more energy(I personally can attest to this product's effectiveness and excellent taste: http://www.vitacost.com/Bricker-Labs-Blast-B12-Vitamin-B12-Folic-Acid )

I personally have been using EmergenC and B12 for a year now and have completely avoided the cold and flu viruses I usually am prone to getting 2-3 times a year. I keep Echinacea on hand if I start getting any symptoms of sickness(even works for occasional candida overgrowth...no need to drink gallons of cranberry juice). It should not be taken for more than 2 weeks at high levels, since if you use it in this manner it becomes less effective.

MsGamgee's picture

Embodiment

Honestly, those vitamin C packets aren't going to help you. Your body can only absorb so much; you'll just pee the rest out. Eat like three oranges or two glasses of juice, and that's about as much as you can take for a whole day.

Bedazzled101's picture

Petitioner

You definitely have a valid point Ms Gamgee, fruits and juice are very beneficial. But I believe Lauren stated in her original post that she was already eating all her fruits and veges. I like emergen-c(non-acidic) since I'm sensitive to acidic fruits and juices, therefor I can only drink a small glass of OJ every couple days or so...and its a great replacement for someone who likes sodas...plus who can knock the benefits of a non-caffeinated energy drink with electrolytes, antioxidants and micro-nutrients.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, I just play one on the interwebs. Really though, this is just what I do when I feel crappy:
Chamomile and mint teas (I like Tazo's Calm and Refresh put together with honey; available at Starbucks). Cinnamon is also good, and ginger, to clear the sinuses and detox. Also, I take holistic belladonna if it gets bad. If you can, try to stay away from fever reducers (acetaminophen) so your body has a chance to try to process the baddies. Also, try a Neti pots! Gross, but so effective!
If you go the holistic route, mint (teas, coughdrops, etc) may interfere with holistic remedies like belladonna and sulpher.
Some say to drink Echinacea tea, but I'm wicked allergic, so it just makes me sneeze more. o.0

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I don't know what you mean by holistic belladonna, but the plant belladonna is among the most toxic on earth, with atropine and a whole host of other toxic chemicals.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Same plant, literally miniscule dose.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

That really sounds like a horrifically awful idea; atropine may be used as a medicine, but even in minuscule doses it doesn't seem like something that should be used without a doctor's prescription.

V's picture

Embodiment

people have sufficient proof that homeopathic treatments work that they can chart out interactions and side effects?

Davik...nonono, we mean diluted. I'm talking factors of 10^60. I don't care how many moles you start out with...that stuff is gone. Wikipedia here.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

And if it's that diluted it has what effect beyond placebo? There's a reason I stick with things that have actually passed the FDA; they actually have to prove that they have an effect beyond sugar pills, and that they won't harm you (at least to the limit that is understood in clinical trials).

V's picture

Embodiment

There's information there about what and why some people believe it works.

People can try whatever they want--once I'm sure everyone is aware of exactly what is being peddled, I try to leave well 'nuff alone Smile

Davik's picture

Embodiment

There's a reason I said I won't take things that haven't been passed by the FDA (as opposed to no one should take things not approved). If people want to throw their money away on it, well, placebos do have a noticeable effect... I just put my trust in medicine where you can look up in a textbook how it works, what protein it binds to, etc.

MeiLin's picture

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I don't really care if someone thinks I'm deluded or placebo'ed or whatever. I know that if I take the wrong remedy nothing happens and when I take the right remedy something does. If I'm sore, I take arnica or use arnica gel and I feel better. Shrug All I care about is feeling better, and homeopathics can do no harm. When the girls were teething, Hyland's Teething Tablets saved the day, repeatedly.

And I say all that as someone who owns a hard copy of the PDR and is as skeptical of both natural and allopathic medications. Allopathic meds nearly killed me--and they were FDA-approved.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

...as if it were dirty or something. I, OTOH, feel that the placebo effect has a completely undeserved bad rep. This is, of course, understandable within the framework of Western medicine, where being better than mere psychological suggestion is the minimum required of any drug or treatment lest it be considered a total failure. But isn't the placebo effect - nudging the body to do much better at healing itself than it previously did - a grand and glorious thing?

I feel that entirely too little research has been done on how to fully harness that power and how to best evoke that effect with the least harm done. Western school medicine has done exceedingly poorly in that regard: China has acupuncture, there are people like Hahnemann, Schüßler and Bach whose particular kinds of, lets face it, quackery, enjoy a certain appeal and may even lead to some amazing insights, but all Western school medicine could come up with so far is something as dangerously invasive as arthritic knee surgery.

If homeopathy works for you, it works for you. *shrugs* I'm all for doing what works for you, as long as no harm is done.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

and why I put in the disclaimer. Like Mei, I have many nasty, nasty interactions with FDA approved drugs, and so I have no innate trust in them. Many simply do not work. Zithromax? Does nothing, and I get worse. Sulphur? I get better. I place my trust in what works; and the belladonna was recommended by a trained holistic practitioner.
Also, wouldn't you say that because you believe your prescribed medication to work, because you 'know which protein it binds to', that it may just as well have a placebo effect, because you expect it to work?
And besides all that, in large enough doses, FDA approved meds kill. So does belladonna. The dose is small enough to do what it's supposed to and not harm you otherwise, in *both cases*.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Angel "trained holistic practitioner" means very little to me--I could take two online classes somewhere and purport to be the same.
(b) as to the placebo effect from drugs where one "know[s] which protein it binds to," it likely does exist. However, I suspect Davik and I share the belief that the drug would be effective over and above this placebo effect.

I'm all for exploring alternatives to traditional medicine insofar as it doesn't come at the exclusion of what I'd consider good sense and at least an eye towards western medicine as well.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

a) When MDs fail you, sometimes you have to look elsewhere.
b) Sometimes, a popularly prescribed drug may have no effect (for a certain person) whatsoever. For example, Zithromax hasn't worked for me, ever, and it's the first thing doctors want to prescribe. Popular scientific medicine is based on a law of averages, as a necessity.

And don't get me wrong - I'm all for traditionally accepted doctor prescribed drugs, when they work for - and do not harm - the patient. When I'm in a really bad way I go get me some Cipro or Biaxin, damn skippy I do. My original post was geared more towards the 'don't want to/don't have time to go to the doctor, what over-the-counter things can I do to help this' tone of the original post.
Every person is different, every medication affects every person slightly differently, and you have to find what works for you. Because it works for you does not necessarily mean that it works for me. Wink
And so, really, there is no disagreement, you just aren't me, and that's okay!

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

The FDA is one of the most corrupt organizations in the US. For instance, the scientists at the FDA unanimously recommended that aspartame only be approved for use in dry goods. On top of that, when it gets above a certain temperature it turns into formaldehyde. What do we use in all of our diet soda? Aspartame. The lobbyists got it approved despite the unanimous recommendations of all of the scientists working on that project.

Bedazzled101's picture

Petitioner

All they care about is getting their millions of dollars to pass a certain drug...did you know they don't even test more than 5% of drugs submitted each year? Also it seems like every week I see adds on TV for class action lawsuits against some FDA approved drugs, causing extreme harm and death in some cases...have you ever heard of a homeopathic drug taken properly causing such effects? I think not.

How can homeopathic drugs compete with the millions of dollars drug companies have to pass something through the FDA? Who would pay millions to pass something like echinacea when any company can create extract and sell it? Drug companies try to make as many different drugs as possible, since they get exclusive manufacturing rights for the first 7 years I believe.They market the hell out of their exclusive drug in that time raking in billions. Homeopathic drugs couldn't ever be profitable by going this route as you cannot patent a plant extract.

Many drugs manufactured, are creating synthetic versions of the most active ingredients of homeopathic remedies and putting them in formulations.

Homeopathy has been around since the beginning of man...drug companies, not so much...
Homeopathic drugs can be dangerous if you misuse just like any drug, but pretty rare as most aren't very toxic. Take caution and research before going this route, its always best to do research when self medicating. I would prefer anyone not very knowledgeable, seek the recommendations of a homeopathic physician.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

...which I agree with in principle, I believe you are mixing up phytotherapy and homeopathy, because you're making a couple of factually wrong assertions about the latter.

For one thing, there can be no drugs with "synthetic versions of the most active ingredients of homeopathic remedies" for the simple reason that there are essentially no active ingredients in any but the very lowest potencies of homeopathic remedies. Also, homeopathy is 213 years old, so unless you want to assert the nonexistence of anything before the year 1796, man and its beginnings are far older than homeopathy.

As an aside, I wish your assertion that "you cannot patent a plant extract" were true, but biopiracy, which is exactly that, is alive and well, last I heard.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

Perhaps you are correct in asserting that 'homeopathy is 213 years old' - I'll trust this, since we all know you're the google ninja - but homeopathy is developed from a long history of phytotherapy. How long have midwives and village healers been divining the healing power of certain plants? I believe this is the point she was trying to get at.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... so much as it is about using the correct labels to refer to completely different things. Homeopathy may very well be developed from a long history of phytotherapy, but so is chemistry derived from a long history of alchemy. That doesn't make one a valid label for the other in either case.

MeiLin's picture

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and just as a side note, it doesn't arise from phytotherapy; it arises from the philosophy that "Like Cures Like"--that an extremely small dose of a material that would provoke the symptoms the patient is experiencing can cure those symptoms. I can't explain why it works, and for me it's not a "faith" thing. But for certain family-level medical emergencies, it has helped us, as have herbal medicine and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.

My sadly extensive experiences in Western medicine have taught me that for chronic situations, Western medicine is nearly useless. A trained naturopathic, chiropractic or acupuncture/TCM practitioner (as in degree'd) is your best bet. For acute and emergent situations, Western medicine is your best bet. For my fibromyalgia and No1's psoriasis, Western medicine had nothing for us but largely ineffectual steroids, while naturopathy/chiropractic/acupuncture has given us some real, if not 100% complete, relief. For my heart attacks and cardiac arrest, Western medicine saved me and alternative medicine held nothing. Of course, Western medicine caused the problem in the first place, and I've had to turn to alternative to get help with all the side effects and recovery from my heart problems, but that's just quibbling...

magalicious's picture

Postulant

I learned something today from you guys!

Bedazzled101's picture

Petitioner

I personally haven't researched the correct names for different type of medicines made from plants. Just going by memory general discussions w a friend a long time ago. Its great to have someone like you to correct any inaccuracies. I being just use homeopathy as a general term to describe natural medicines.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... of mine. (Not just with homeopathy, but generally with using what I feel are the correct labels to refer to things. Do NOT, I repeat NOT, get me started on the various and sundry ways we refer, or used to refer, to people with significantly less than average mental abilities.) So, sorry if I came off a bit harsh or snarky...

magalicious's picture

Postulant

I like it when people correct me, because than I won't keep making the same mistake.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

get kisses.

Eleonora's picture

Devotee

homeopathic kisses

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

And Bedazzled, too. The FDA is such a sham.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I'll start by saying that I agree that the FDA, like every other governmental body, is seriously fundamentally flawed, but at least they do SOME testing. Now on to the rest:
I had it pointed out to me in message that some of my posts on this subject were overly adversarial, and while I have my reasons for such, I don't believe I can explain them without continuing the trend. So on that note, I'm just going to bow out of this particular topic before I do further damage.

LaurenF's picture

Petitioner

Thanks for all the advice guys- I let myself sleep in for another hour more than I wanted to this morning, and had a big glass of cranberry juice before I went to bed so that my body had enough vitamin c at least. I usually drink chamomile and black teas like rooibos and chai, and have been putting in honey instead of sugar to help my throat. It isn't a head cold, luckily, those are the type I usually get. I think all this strange cold-to-warm-to-cold weather made me build up some crap in my lungs. I was feeling a bit better this morning and afternoon, but I panicked last night because I really don't have the time to be sick right now.

And to the dairy farmer: I usually don't drink milk anyways, I prefer juices, although whole milk is the best milk. However I am a cheese fiend and definitely get my daily serving of dairy Smile

sherinik's picture

Postulant

Depending on whether or not you like the taste of vinegar you might consider the cure worse than the complaint, but...apple cider vinegar, unfiltered, unpasteurised real living apple cider vinegar. 1/4 cup every few hours, I add a big tablespoon of honey (again, unfiltered unpasteurised is best) and dilute with hot water. There's something about it normalising the ph in your body (apparently the modern diet makes us all run too acid according to naturopaths, and the vinegar corrects it, doesn't make sense to me but I'm not a nutritionist) and something else about the living yeast (and honey!) being high in trace nutrients. Apple cider vinegar varies widely unfortunately - some I can drink without adulterating, some I can't gag down no matter what I mix it with. But it DOES work.

And hey, congrats on being aware enough of your body to recognise when you needed to support it!

Tirael's picture

If your problem seems to be in the lungs, you may have something i don't know what is called in english. The direct translation from danish is "Inflamed throat" and "Inflamed lungs" If this is the case, you may want to see a doctor, since it is likely you will need antibiotics or penicillin. Fluctuating temperature can make the body more susceptible to infection.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

pneumonia?

Biestygirl's picture

Petitioner

stay hydrated! you're supposed to drink something like two litres of water a day when you're NOT sick. Sleep as much as you can, zinc, hot soups, tea. maybe some meds? zicam is supposed to knock a cold right outta you. i swear by niquil.

A's picture

Postulant

Are you sleeping with a vaporizer running? In winter, esp. if you're feeling sick, you should have one going at night. Putting a damp towel or washcloth on your chest (wring it out really well) and covering it with a heating pad or hot water bottle is excellent for chest congestion if that's what you've got. If you're feeling heaviness in your lungs, you might want to see a doctor. I highly recommend Hot Toddys, too.

Put on your warmest jammies. Add the following to a mug or thermos:

1 teaspoon honey
2 fluid ounces boiling water
1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey (I use Scotch. Kentucky Bourbon is delicious, too)
a pinch of ground cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg
1 slice lemon (optional)

I usually double this recipe. Take this RIGHT before laying down, or preferably, already in bed. Cover yourself up and burrow in. Sleep.

LaurenF's picture

Petitioner

I do not own a vaporizer- we had one in my house back home and it always made the upstairs smell funny to me, so I don't like them haha.
That seems like a good recipe, but we don't have whiskey... would Tito's Handmade Vodka work? (it too is delicious)

Bedazzled101's picture

Petitioner

Just bring to a boil, drop in 4-5 drops of eucalyptus of peppermint oil and wrap a towel around your head and the pot. Steam is very beneficial...and not just for your skin ;-D

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

I actually heard that leaving a wet/damp towel in the room before you go to sleep will help keep the room a little less dry. It was really more in reference to dry winter skin, but maybe it'd help here too?
Worth a shot.

When I was really little, I used to get croup (?) a lot . Mom would put a humidifier in our room and have us spend some time in a little 'steam chamber' made from putting a towel over our heads and running hot water in the sink with some eucalyptus/mint scented medicine.

Another option is something I've used a few times called Shower Soothers. They work best in a small, steamy shower. Basically, you drop one in the floor of your tub when the water's hot and it reacts with the water to release some medicine(?) BTW, don't touch once it gets going. The chemical reaction was plenty hot enough to burn my toes. Sad

magalicious's picture

Postulant

One of by friends in college used to make me this exact thing! I love you for posting the recipe.

V's picture

Embodiment

magalicious wrote:
One of by friends in college...
Sounds like you could use a dose!
magalicious's picture

Postulant

that's my speed-of-light typing for ya ...

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

1 dropperful every 3 hours. Works like magic, srsly. I also drink 32 oz of FRESHLY SQUEEZED carrot/orange juice every day that I'm feeling sick.

The Which's picture

Embodiment

I feel you... I went to class today after serious digestive issues all day yesterday. Turns out some of my angsty stomach pains sunday night were bacterial, not emotional :O

Even a 15 minute nap can help you feel better. (Lucky me, I hired my sister to babysit and slept the whole day.)

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

Guess it must be my turn to be sick. Anyone have Flu-specific advice?

I'm running what most people would call a low grade (I usually run several degrees colder than the rest of the populace) fever and feel like I just got run over with a truck.

Cait's picture

I drink pickel juice, it helps the throat and kills congestion.
Also, V8, hot lemon water and a hot water bottle to put on your chest/feet.
A hot bath with lavender and mint in it
and rubbing mint oil under your nose will clear it up reeaaal fast

some of those are kinda gross, but they work for me!

Eleonora's picture

Devotee

The one really important thing with flu like things, is that you take it easy until you're no longer ill. If you start working/studying whatever before, it often comes back with a punch, and you'll be ill a lot longer.

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