what do you do for a cold?

rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
i feel like i might be coming down with the bug that's going around - other than saline rinses, i don't do much when i feel a cold coming on.

what are your best tips for dealing with the common cold?

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  • ellajellaj Posts: 826Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    Oh no @rouquinne, I hope it isn't what went through our family like wildfire. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

    My husband and I went though an entire bottle of Vicks NyQuil Complete, it was the only thing that helped us have a somewhat decent night's sleep. The coughing would start the minute we put our head on the pillow.

    Resting was easy simply because I had not one bit of energy to do much else. I added frozen pineapple chunks and lemon slices to boiling water for a hot drink. 


       

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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    that sounds like a delicious cure for the common cold! so far, it's still in my nose, i'm hoping it doesn't get worse.
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    http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,729Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I keep an arsenal of meds to keep me comfortable. Cough drops, cough syrup, Alka Seltzer cold formula, Nyquil, Vicks rub, Vicks inhaler. I drink lots of tea and eat lots of Lipton chicken noodle soup.
    Hope you fight it off!
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    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/color/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,355Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I used to take echinachea and vitamin c the night before I felt a cold coming and I would usually be able to kill it. I used the Frontier Herbs brand echinachea angustifolia (as opposed to purpura) as it was cheapest and I found to be most effective. I think I took maybe 500mg Vitamin C. If I got sick I stuck to this 3x/day, and it would usually be milder and over within a day or 2.

    When Coldeeze lozenges (zinc lozenges) came along, it seem just as effective as echinachea, maybe more. I started using that the same way and could usually beat a cold if I caught it in time.
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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    I'm so sorry, @rouquinne  — I hope you're able to contain it! I'm thinking sleep might be the best cure maybe? In addition to all the drugs, of course! 


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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    shockingly enough, i think i staved it off - rinsed my nose 3 times with very, VERY salty water as hot as i could stand it! today, i'm feeling much better and even came in to the office.
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    http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

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  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,355Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    That's awesome @rouquinne !
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
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    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
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    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,904Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Connoisseur
    Cold fx as soon as I start feeling off. That night two more, 2 Tylenol and a neocitron and go to sleep. Crazy ass dreams, but always fine by morning. I haven't been really sick in years.
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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    So glad to hear that, Rou.  I love the neti pot. It does make you feel so much better. 

    Now, CC. I had to look up Cold FX.  Not sure we have it here in the US. Sounds intriguing. Hadn't heard of neocitron either. It looks like our NyQuil, maybe. 

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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    you know what really bugs me about this - i felt miserable all weekend and now i'm back to work feeling well. why can't i get sick during the week? LOL!
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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    rouquinne said:
    you know what really bugs me about this - i felt miserable all weekend and now i'm back to work feeling well. why can't i get sick during the week? LOL!
    LOL. Of course — isn't that the way it always works???

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • ellajellaj Posts: 826Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    rouquinne said:
    you know what really bugs me about this - i felt miserable all weekend and now i'm back to work feeling well. why can't i get sick during the week? LOL!
    Because that would be too fair! LOL! Glad you managed to dodge the cold bullet @rouquinne.
       

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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    me, too, ella, because it's a BAD bug! one co-worker was off half of last week and hasn't been able to come back yet because of it.
    My blog:

    http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

    Little Mother of all the Roaches, President-for-Life of the MAC Harlots!
  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    The flu is especially bad this year, I hear. 

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,729Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    The flu is epidemic this year, and a bad one to boot. I've only had the flu twice in my adult life and it's no fun. But I hate colds too. I get 1 or 2 a year and they have actually been worse in the years since I quit smoking. Go figure. 
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
    --My CG and grey hair progress -  
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html   
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey - 
    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/color/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • SavagegirlSavagegirl Posts: 382Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm a total hippy... but here is "the potion". Mix this with boiling water and let steep:

    1 heaping tsp fresh grated ginger
    1 heaping tsp honey
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    2 or 3 dashes cayenne

    This'll cure anything!



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  • ellajellaj Posts: 826Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I would absolutely drink this, even if I didn't need to cure myself. 
       

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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    edited January 2018
    I'm a total hippy... but here is "the potion". Mix this with boiling water and let steep:

    1 heaping tsp fresh grated ginger
    1 heaping tsp honey
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    2 or 3 dashes cayenne

    This'll cure anything!



    Awesome, Sav!  Thanks for posting. Knock on wood, I haven't had a cold this season, but I'm pulling this out if I get one. Or, like Ella, maybe even if I don't get a cold!

    Gretchen
    NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
    3A

    You are beautiful!
  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm a total hippy... but here is "the potion". Mix this with boiling water and let steep:

    1 heaping tsp fresh grated ginger
    1 heaping tsp honey
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    2 or 3 dashes cayenne

    This'll cure anything!



    if i feel it coming on again, i will definitely buy the supplies and give it a try! along with some STRONG hot toddies! :)
    My blog:

    http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

    Little Mother of all the Roaches, President-for-Life of the MAC Harlots!
  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,355Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I'm a total hippy... but here is "the potion". Mix this with boiling water and let steep:

    1 heaping tsp fresh grated ginger
    1 heaping tsp honey
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    2 or 3 dashes cayenne

    This'll cure anything!



    I've tried this before and it did nothing for me.
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    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
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  • SavagegirlSavagegirl Posts: 382Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Aw @bomega you must not have the magic
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,729Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    Like the others, I would drink that potion anytime! I think I'll add some turmeric to it for some additional magic. 
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
    --My CG and grey hair progress -  
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html   
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey - 
    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/color/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 9,777Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I've had one for a 1 & 1/2 weeks.  Finally feeling better today.  I don't like to take any meds, so I eat hot soup (lots of cayenne pepper) & hot baths.  Melatonin at night.  
    My mom would make a "hot toddy".  Whiskey, water, lemon juice & honey.  Puts you right to sleep & you sweat out the cold.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,729Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    I still have my mom's mustard plaster recipe. Those things would burn the heck out of your chest but they were great for croupy coughs. 
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
    --My CG and grey hair progress -  
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html   
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey - 
    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/color/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 9,777Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Jeepy, I have wonderful memories of my mom rubbing vicks on my chest & heating a cloth diaper at the floor heater & putting it on my chest.  I loved the smell & the warmth was so comforting.  I would always fall asleep.
    From Michael Berg:

    Every person has a unique connection to the Creator that can never be extinguished, and every person has a great soul that can manifest important things in our world. To make a person feel less than they are because of something inside themselves, be it faith, race, or sexual orientation, is the greatest sin of all."
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,729Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    @Lotsawaves   I am still a big fan of Vicks. I have a Vicks inhaler right here at my desk and take a sniff every once in awhile. 
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
    --My CG and grey hair progress -  
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html   
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey - 
    https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/color/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 9,777Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    LOL!  I have some in my medicine cabinet.  I rub some around my nostrils when I can't sleep.  Makes me feel like a little girl again.  I also love the scent of clove oil.  My dentist would use it in his office & the smell was so comforting to me.
    From Michael Berg:

    Every person has a unique connection to the Creator that can never be extinguished, and every person has a great soul that can manifest important things in our world. To make a person feel less than they are because of something inside themselves, be it faith, race, or sexual orientation, is the greatest sin of all."
  • BeinDebBeinDeb Posts: 583Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    My go-to is Emergen-C. It has never failed me. As soon as I feel a bit "off," I'll take a dose - 2 in a 24 hour period. If I forget, can't, or have run out of it, & do come down w/a cold, it'll knock it out fast by taking 3-4 doses per day. I worked in public service for many years, and it kept me going during long, often stress-filled hours. It might also be worth mentioning I don't do flu shots & haven't had the flu in many, many years. Highly, highly recommend.
  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,355Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Nope. I just like to take what works. In addition, the only way to drink that drink is when you are sick because it is disgusting otherwise (I've tried.)
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  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,355Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    BeinDeb said:
    My go-to is Emergen-C. It has never failed me. As soon as I feel a bit "off," I'll take a dose - 2 in a 24 hour period. If I forget, can't, or have run out of it, & do come down w/a cold, it'll knock it out fast by taking 3-4 doses per day. I worked in public service for many years, and it kept me going during long, often stress-filled hours. It might also be worth mentioning I don't do flu shots & haven't had the flu in many, many years. Highly, highly recommend.
    Emergen-C has helped, but I found it really shines in combination with Echinachea.

    I once had a co-worker who swore by taking Airborne, hich is similar to Emergen-C.
    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

    2C, fine, low porosity, low/medium density, protein sensitive

    Looking for styling products and tools

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