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Help! Cold cure urgently needed!
Fri 18-Mar-11
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maggenpie
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I've woken this morning with the beginnings of a cold. monster

Ok, I know medical science insists that nothing will shorten the duration of a cold, but I am determined to find that elusive cure right now, today! I can NOT have a cold now.

Tomorrow there is an event that many others have kindly arranged for me to go to. If I'm sneezing and spluttering and can't go it won't just disappoint me but these other kind people who have put themselves out on my behalf. So, NO COLD TODAY THANKYOU!

I've started my day with garlic, and then ginger tea. I've gone for a fast walk with the dog and included a jog to get my heart rate up. I've used First Defence nasal spray, taken a multivitamin and mineral supplement. I'm now making some rosehip syrup with the last of my frozen hips. No elderberries left sadly.

My dad would recommend a sweaty sock around my neck, but well, think I'll just keep warm and of course drink plenty of fluids...

 

So, come on folks, I need to know your cold remedies. Lets prove medical science wrong and let me go out tomorrow. Please....

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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I did read somewhere a few years ago about taking large doses of Vitamin C (around 3000 mg) and Echinacea at the first sign of a cold.  No idea whether or not it actually works or whether it's just bunkum, although husband and I do try it ourselves.  I couldn't say whether it really does shorten or lessen the severity of a cold (you'd have to know how long/bad the cold would be if you didn't take them, which of course is an impossibility), but I work on the principle that if we THINK it works, then it might well do.  The mind is a very powerful thing, mind over matter certainly can/does work, in my view.

I should point out, though......large doses of Vit C tend to give me the squits embarassed (sorry to be so indelicate early in the morning!), and I vaguely recall reading somewhere that you shouldn't take Echinacea on a regular basis, only as a short term measure.

Oh, and I also read somewhere (wish I could remember where/more about all this stuff I read!!!  Obviously need to read a 'boost your memory' article big_laugh) that HOT drinks, as opposed to cold, are better at killing off throat bugs.

Hope some of this helps and that you can manage to get to your do, it would be such a shame if you had to miss it.  big_hug

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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Thanks Sue. I've got some vitamin C tablets, and I've been rummaging and have found some echinacea tincture in my herb cache but its a bit old by now. Still, can't hurt to give it a go. I'm figuring that if I blast the dreaded lurgy with everything possible it'll just give up!

Raw onions for lunch I think.

I don't care how I feel, I just don't want to be sneezing all over people. I'll be in very close contact with people all day so no good if I'm infectious. Cold capsules will help lessen the sneezing but not if it develops into a streaming cold. But it won't. Will it!!!!

Oh aargh more sneezes and its getting to my throat. Oh no its not! (Oh yes it is...) Oh no its not!

 

Oh and by the way, the trick with celery is to fry it with onions and garlic!

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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No, sorry.  The trick with celery is to not buy it in the first place.  I can't abide it at all.  But thanks for the (yukky!) thought!

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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waveHi maggenpie,

I find a good few bowls of clear strong chicken soup helps me get over colds. Just simmer the chicken slowly with a mixture of vegetables, herbs & lots of garlic. I sometimes add a pigs trotter & a piece of shin of beef. You can have it as a clear soup or with pieces of the meat & veg in it.

I hope you feel better very soon.

 

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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Well thanks Hattie, but no thanks. I've read about the magical effects of chicken soup, but I really can't stomach bits of dead animal in my food. flaming_noraSooliz can't do celery, I can't do dead animals.

I'll make do with the veggies, herbs and garlic.

Latest development - I've lit the fire in order to keep warm, but the horrible weather is sending the smike right back down the chimney at me. This really isn't helping - or can I perhaps smoke the monster out? Maybe I should go fetch some eucolyptus in to throw on the fire.

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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whisk(e)y honey and lemon.

Drown the lurgy in booze!

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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Thanks Rae! Thats a good plan for tonight - but I haven't got any whisky so I'll have to make do with sloe gin or blackberry vodka. All that fruit you know, makes it a health drink! wink

My plan for this autumn is elderberry vodka, reckon that'd be good for colds?

 

I've finally got the chimney hot enough to draw. Tossed some eucolyptus on as well. Not sneezed in a while but sniffling well.

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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wave  Hi Ruth, I cannot help you with a cold cure I'm afraid.  I am one of those lucky people who very very rarely have colds or sore throats and I have never had the flu.

However, being a nosy kind of person,  big_laugh  I am really interested in what you are doing tomorrow.  It sounds quite intriguing.  Are you doing a demonstration or something?   My mind is working overtime here.  whistle

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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In BG I was recommended to get some hot brandy (well as hot as you can take it) on a cloth and wrap it around the throat and then to drink some again as hot as you can stand it....supposed to work every time...I just thought it was a waste putting it on the outside when it would do so much good inside.....winkwink

Get well soon in time for whatever you are doing.....

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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big_laugh wave Danuta!

Ok, its not such a big exciting secret really. I belong to a circle dance group but can't go very often because I'd need a sitter for my husband, and thats expensive. So, when they announced that there is to be a whole day of dance, with a choreographer coming down especially, I resigned myself to not being able to go. To my huge surprise the rest of the group decided I must go, and had a collection to raise the cost of having a sitter for the day. Lifts have been arranged for me as well. I feel so humbled by their generosity. 

So, as you can see, for me to have to drop out now would be awful. I really can not give in to this cold! I'll compromise and let it have its way on Sunday if I must, but not tomorrow pleeeease!

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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wave  What a very kind thing for them all to do for you.  You must feel very privileged to belong to a group like that.  I so hope you are well enough to go and enjoy the day.  big_hug

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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That's lovely Ruth, and it IS exciting.....a whole day of dancing and with a choreographer, how fabulous, I'd love that.  Oh yes, you must go and enjoy it......what nice friends you've got to think of you and your husband like that (and shows how much they think of you!).

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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Its pretty wonderful isn't it? I need to stop sneezing and snuffling in time to bake a thank you cake to take with me.

I just ate half a raw onion and had a good swig of rosehip syrup. I'm feeling fine, so thats a good sign. Yesterday I was so tired I slept half the afternoon away. I guess that was the monster taking hold. I'm trying to convince myself its a 24 hour bug. Mind over matter, like Sue said.

No ones suggested a mustard bath yet! big_laugh

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Fri 18-Mar-11
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Ruthie, what a special person you must be, how lovely to be thought so well of.  I do hope that your cold goes away right now.  I have heard tell of Vicks mentholated gel on the soles of ones feet helping, put socks on afterward, but I've not tried it myself. 

I'll try that again!

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