Wednesday, July 2, 2008


I have a cold - and I want it to be a Man Cold. I want to be miserable, and demand attention... You see, it has to be a man cold - I got it from my man. I want my share of sympathy and care that I have had to dispense for the past 5 days.

Well - I should not complain, some wonderful man just filled up my hot water bottle so I can stuff it inside my dressing gown and enjoy the comforting warmth.

Funny thing is - I am finding it hard to resist going down to the Chemist (which is right under our Unit) and stocking up on every variety of cold medicine there is. Then I remind myself, we have been getting colds for centuries, and survived quite well without all sorts of mixtures and potions.

So what natural remedies do you use for a cold. The old lemon and honey I remember. I took a few Asprin last night for the raging sore throat - and then remembered why I need to avoid them - it has irritated my stomach already. Hopefully that will settle soon if I don't continue with the Asprin.


The Shopping Sherpa said...

Add some ginger to the lemon and honey. (And maybe a tot of whiskey!)

And for the throat gargle with warm water with salt dissolved in it.

For congetion my Mum always used to make us hover over a bowl of Friar’s Balsam in boiling water, towel over the bowl and head to keep the steam heading into our stuffy noses. And, of course, there's Vicks under the nose or rubbed on the chest.

And cloth hankies, not tissues - the tree fibre in the paper will rub your nose raw (and hankies are much better for the environment)

Hope you feel better soon :-)

m1k1 said...

Garlic!!!!! But it might be more of a preventative than a "cure". Maybe it just keeps everyone else away, so you don't catch anything?

Eilleen said...

I also put Vicks on the soles of my feet and cover with warm socks. Don't ask me why that works... it just seems to.

I'm sorry you've got a cold though. Its the season for it isn't it? My man has a got a man cold. He got it off me but yep, somehow its morphed into a man cold for him.

Nikki said...

A GENEROUS dram of Irish whiskey with a slice of lemon studded with cloves, a teaspoon of brown sugar and topped up with hot water - that cures EVERYTHING in Ireland!! I hope you're over the cold by now, but you should try the whiskey thing....

Melinda said...

A clove of garlic well-chopped, and swigged down in orange juice! Take it when you have food in your stomach, it can irritate your digestive system if you overdo it.