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    I need a good remedy for a sore throat and cold. Got any ideas. It's not for me; I can usually cope, but you know, it's the dh (hate for him to get sick and run down). Thanks.

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    Heat some water, squeeze lemon juice into it, add spoonful of honey.....my Mom's all time sure soother...not a cure, but sure makes the throat feel better.

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    also gargle with warm salt water

    and put vicks vapor rub on the bottom of feet after you shower, put white socks on

    also put vicks on chest, in nose and will start feeling better soon
    ** This is an old time remedy and it does work**

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Heat some water, squeeze lemon juice into it, add spoonful of honey.....my Mom's all time sure soother...not a cure, but sure makes the throat feel better.
    Add a shot of whiskey and you got a hot toddy. Makes everything feel better and helps you sleep good too. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrwfy
    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Heat some water, squeeze lemon juice into it, add spoonful of honey.....my Mom's all time sure soother...not a cure, but sure makes the throat feel better.
    Add a shot of whiskey and you got a hot toddy. Makes everything feel better and helps you sleep good too. ;-)

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    I was going to say the same thing.

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    gargle with listerine...works for me

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    I make hot tea, and add honey and lemon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    also gargle with warm salt water

    and put vicks vapor rub on the bottom of feet after you shower, put white socks on

    also put vicks on chest, in nose and will start feeling better soon
    ** This is an old time remedy and it does work**
    I love vicks!!! I always put it on everyones feet when they are sick. Honey works well for a sore throat. Take a spoonful of it as needed. I try to get local honey so it's got the antibodies for the sicknesses that are around here.
    Tea with honey in it works well too. :)

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    Men are always sicker than women. All the above remendies should have him feeling better, or he will be out for the night.

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    thanks everyone. well, he's already gone to bed so will wait til tomorrow. i thought i remembered the one re: vicks so i had already bought some, but had forgotten about it. will make him try it tomorrow; all are good ideas. he's pretty hard headed too (lol), so might be hard to get him to do any of this. went to the grocery store today. wish i had bought some honey. oh well.

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    Gargle with salt water.

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    Gargle with peroxide and baking soda, sore throat gone in a matter of hours.

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    I use a neti pot with salt water if the sore throat is from post nasal drip. Clears out the sinus cavities and shortens a cold too. Or you can have him try a salt water nasal spray like Ocean to help loosen mucous.

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    Vicks on the feet and clean white socks

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    For sore throat gargle with warm water and karo syrup.... also butterscotch candies help coat the throat to keep it from hurting so much.

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    Braggs Apple cider vinegar, honey and water.
    1 T each to cup of hot water. Has worked everytime in my family for 3 generations.

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    All of the singers I know swear by zinc lozenges---they taste nasty but can sometimes be found with flavors, or he can suck on a piece of hard candy at the same time.

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    If he's anything like my DH you could have the quintessential "silver bullet" and he still wouldn't take it. It would put a damper on his bid for martyrdom.

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    take fresh sage and make a tea and drink as hot as tolerable. Also, my favorite cure though gives my husband food dreams, mash garlic cloves, apply to bottom of feet. Garlic is excreted through the lungs and is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic. So it kills the germs in the lungs as you breathe. oh yeah, rub the feet with olive oil before putting on the garlic...no accidental burns!

    Laurie

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    Hot tea and HONEY - and whiskey! LOL!

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    My grandmother used equal parts of: honey/lemon juice/whiskey/butter. melt/mix all in a little pan and take by teaspoonful as needed.
    It works cus 2 winters ago I was home alone (hubs was out of state working) and I came down w/ that miserable bird flu (if you ever get it you will not mistake it for anything! I thought I would break my ribs coughing, and then you cough for about 6 weeks after its done.) anyway, I didnt go to the dr, and bought every otc cough/flu thing they sell, and the only thing that would stop the cough was my grandmas recipe. Id sit w/ the pot and every 15 min had a spoon, let it drizzle into my throat, it would keep the coughing down for about 15 min at a time, where all the pills did nothing. share t

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash
    I need a good remedy for a sore throat and cold. Got any ideas. It's not for me; I can usually cope, but you know, it's the dh (hate for him to get sick and run down). Thanks.
    I don't drink alcohol, but always keep a small bottle of tequila on hand. If you gargle with about an ounce of straight tequila it will kill all the germs in your throat (big time). I usually only had to gargle a couple of times (a.m. and p.m.) and my sore throat would go away. It also tastes better than Listerine and has a higher alcohol content (maybe that's why it works so well).

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    Homemade Chicken Soup
    Put in large pot with lots of water (covers chicken and veggies)
    chicken breast
    salt to taste
    celery (finely chopped)
    garlic ( just a touch)
    Onion (finely chopped )
    Fresh carrots (thinely sliced or chopped)
    Simmer till chicken is done and veggies tinder

    There's something in the chicken that helps with congestion and yucky feeling...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash
    I need a good remedy for a sore throat and cold. Got any ideas. It's not for me; I can usually cope, but you know, it's the dh (hate for him to get sick and run down). Thanks.
    Lots of Zinc. Kroger has a Zinc cold remedy. It works
    every time. I see y'all are in TX. So am I. I had a
    horrible sore throat and cold back in Dec. I started
    right away on the Zinc and it took care of the cold
    symptoms. However, I had to get an antibiotic for
    my sore throat. That worked, though. The reason I
    noted that we are both in TX is because there is a terrible
    bug going around here that starts with a cold and sore
    throat, and ends up taking about 3 weeks to get rid of.
    Lots of people I know have had it.
    Marcia

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    1/4 tsp baking soda in a glass of water 3 times a day

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