You wake up with cold hands, a hot face and a sore throat. Your nose resembles a leaky spigot and when you cough, local geologists report activity on the Richter scale. Sickness happens to all of us, and everyone has their own remedy that they swear works every time. Some are a bit unusual, and some seem downright wacky. But they just might work…
Vapor Rub. This cool, tingly rub isn’t only for your chest. All you need is a q-tip and a tube sock, and you’ve got the ingredients for this home remedy. Use the q-tip to swab the rub inside both nostrils. Then stick your hand inside the tube sock and dip it into the jar, covering it all over in the rub. Tie the tube sock around your neck. Go to sleep, and in the morning your head and chest will be completely congestion-free.
Cold, wet socks. According to Best Health Magazine, some scientists say that soaking a pair of socks in cold water and wearing them to bed underneath a pair of wool socks can relieve congestion and give your immune system a boost. Cold socks stimulate your body to increase circulation in your feet, making them warm and dry when you wake up in the morning.
Sweat it out. Every time I came down with a fever when I lived at home, my mom would make me lie on the couch completely covered in four or five blankets. The secret is to create as much external warmth as possible to draw the fever out of you. (If a fever catches while you are camping, using the Hot Spot and Ember is a good way to do this.) I wasn’t allowed to move or get up until I had completely sweated out my fever and my body temperature had returned to normal. There is nothing on this earth that is more uncomfortable and miserable than heavily sweating under thick blankets and being forced to just take it. But it worked – my fever was gone for good if I just put up with it.
Neti Pot. To me, this one is the strangest of the strange home remedies. I’ve never tried it, but I’ve seen it being used, and believe me it is weird. Something about pouring water straight up your nose into your head doesn’t seem right to me, but people swear that it works. I guess it’s worth a shot.
Swim in the ocean. If it means a trip to the beach, I am in.
Eat garlic. Cooking garlic breaks up most of its beneficial nutrients, so eating it raw is most effective. Garlic has immune-boosting and congestion-relief properties, so pop in a clove – if you can stand it. And if you don’t care about losing your friends for a while.
Sleep. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep, and there’s a reason for that. A good stretch of shut eye gives your body time to fight off the illness, and saves energy for later too. But don’t just wait till you’re sick to go to bed early, studies like this one found the more sleep deprived you are, the more likely you are to catch a cold. Where can you get a good night’s sleep? Try a hammock!