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#1 fruitbat72

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:02 PM

I have a really foul head cold (think bad headache, copious amounts of green snot, feeling like death warmed up etc etc) which I have had for over a week. I saw the GP yesterday and he put me on antibiotics.

DF and I are getting married on Sunday and I really need to get my act together in the next day or so. The house is a mess and DF has arranged for the house to be professionally cleaned while we are away  blush.gif The problem is, I can hardly get out of bed at the moment, let alone clear surfaces and do bridal things.

Does anyone know of any awesome cold remedies?

#2 niggles

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:11 PM

When I've needed antibiotics they have usually made a dramatic difference within 24-48 hours. If you have a bacterial infection I don't know that anything else will quite cut it like a course of antibiotics.

However, my best - and also most revolting - get up and go cold remedy is:

1 clove of minced garlic in a mug.
Cover with lemon juice.
Squeeze of honey (be generous, you'll need it).
Hot water.

Stir and skull.

I hope you are feeling well on your way to 100% by Sunday!

#3 fruitbat72

Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:33 PM

As much as I love garlic bread, prawns etc, the thought of this has made me dry retch LOL. Although both garlic and honey are both well known for their anti bacterial properties.

I will give it a go sick.gif

#4 PrincessPeach

Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

I'd suggest Olive LEaf Extract, but you can't take that with antibiotics.

In that case my DH loves a hot lemon drink - boiled water with half a fresh lemon squeezed into it.

Just keep sleeping & drink loads of fluids.

Also hope you guys have a wonderful day on satruday!

#5 Cuddlesnkisses

Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:42 PM

Sinus flo kit, available at the chemist.  It's a bottle that you mix a saline solution in and flush your nose out with.  Sound bad but it's a stuffy nosed person dream come true.


#6 brangisnotaword

Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

Cold and flu tabs are the biz.  That natural shiz just doesn't cut it.  Pull out the big guns.

#7 WinterDancesHere

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:07 PM

QUOTE (niggles @ 22/11/2012, 02:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
1 clove of minced garlic in a mug.
Cover with lemon juice.
Squeeze of honey (be generous, you'll need it).
Hot water.

Stir and skull.


^This but also add equal amounts of ginger to the garlic. A pinch of cayenne pepper as well is optional.

Revolting but it works.

#8 Ireckon

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:10 PM

Rub Vicks on the bottom of your feet every night before bed, pop a pair of socks over them and go to sleep. If you are at home in the day, do it in the morning as well. My mum taught me this, kind of an old wives tale but it has always made a difference for the kids and I. May have some basis in reflexology perhaps?

#9 Mishu

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

I was also going to suggest Olive Leaf extract but you need to start taking it as soon as the cold hits; taking later doesn't seem to have the same impact. I didn't know you couldn't take it with AB, good to know.

#10 Procrastinator5000

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

Take some panadol, get up and have a hot shower - it always gives me a new lease of life. Hopefully the AB's will start working soon!

Otherwise, just set aside the afternoon to rest and accept that you can't do anything for a few hours.

#11 usandthem

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

QUOTE (Cuddlesnkisses @ 22/11/2012, 02:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sinus flo kit, available at the chemist.  It's a bottle that you mix a saline solution in and flush your nose out with.  Sound bad but it's a stuffy nosed person dream come true.


This! Worked wonderfully for me. Good luck for the wedding!


#12 Livsh

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:32 PM

Stay in bed, seriously, don't do bridey things until you feel better!

Also, probiotics actually have some proper evidence behind them.

Failing that I take doses of cold and flu medication that would kill a small horse and carry on!

Oh yeah, there is this soup I make when I am feeling really rough.

2 whole onions
2 WHOLE HEADS of garlic - you read that right, HEADS
Chicken stock (about a litre)
Cannellini beans (about 1 can)

Cook the onions, garlic in the chicken stock until soft. Put in about half the can of cannellini beans cook for about 5 more minutes then blend it all up. Put back on the stove and add in the remaining canellini beans and cook through. Season well.

It sounds extreme but it's really delicious and the garlic goes lovely and sweet!

#13 seayork2002

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:42 PM

Stick your head over a bowl of hot water and put a towel on

#14 Mama8

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:52 PM


Slice about 1-2 inches of fresh ginger.
Tear up about 15 fresh mint leaves.
Slice half a lemon into slices, keep the other half for juice.
1-2 tablespoons of honey
Echinacea

Put ingredients into a coffee plunger and squeeze the juice from the unsliced half of the lemon in. Pour boiling water over to fill coffee plunger, stir to dissolve honey and leave to steep for at least five minutes, but honestly 10-15 is better if you dont mind drinking it luke warm. Push the plunger down and pour.

#15 idignantlyright

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

Horseradish & garlic tablets with added vitamin c.

#16 strawberry blondes

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

Please try this, its the easiest and judging from replies the cheapest and it truly works!

Chop an onion in half and place it on a plate or into a bowl and leave it on your bedside table over night!

I have currently got a chest and throat infection with a cold, it usually takes me up to a month to clear my chest etc because of my asthma but for the past 3 nights I have slept with a chopped onion and i am nearly better. I can actually feel that all the infection has been dried out, it's weird and i don't know how it works but it does! All without antibiotics  original.gif




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