Sore Throat - There is of course the tried & tested Honey in Tea remedy. A tablespoon of Honey in warm tea, herbal or regular, good old fashioned Tetley will help to soothe & lubricate your throat.
- I have also recently heard from a friend about a tablespoon of honey with Cinnamon. Since I don't like Honey in it's purest form, this is not something I have tried. But if you do, let me know how it works.
- Gargling with warm salt water. About 2 tsp of salt in a glass of warm water. Stir until the salt has dissolved & gargle away. This has helped me immensely in the past three weeks. For those clients that have spoken to me on the phone, they can attest, I sound terrible!! Very hoarse. The salt water gargling also seems to cut down on my coughing as well.
- Lots of cooling treats such as Jello, Pudding, Yogurt, Popsicles & Freezies will also help soothe the soreness.
Coughing - I've yet to find a home remedy or solution to this besides the gargling & over the counter cough syrup. (Thank God for NyQuil!!) But I do find that Vicks Vapo Drops or Halls Cough drops help. Ricola is another favorite of mine.
Stuffy Nose - Unfortunately, I believe this is one that must run it's course. Putting Vicks Vapo Rub on your nose at night will help, as will breathing over a pot of hot water with Vicks Vapo Rub or Eucalyptus Oil in it.
Above all else, remember, stay well hydrated. Drink lots of fluids, tea, water, juice anything that will help to keep you hydrated. I for one can't wait until cold & flu season is over. But while it's here, let's help each other. What are your home remedies? Let us know in the comments below.