Sick In Bed: Common Cold Remedies

It hit us like a Mack truck yesterday, especially me and Jada. The ugly old common cold: stuffy, congested head and chest, coughing, sore throat, fever, achy body- misery. My husband actually had it first a few days ago. He was able to get over it in a day though and be back to work. Unfortunately, I don’t get the luxury of being able to lay in bed and sleep all day, nor being waited on hand and foot.

Mommy’s don’t get to rest. Babies still need caring for. Animals need to be fed. Dinner is still expected on the table.

And with a 2 yr. old boy running around I really get no chance to sit. I am very thankful that he doesn’t seem to have it as bad as the rest of us. I do wish he’d just sit and watch a cartoon for an hour though! Oh well.

So, I’m trying different home remedies to help us feel better quicker.

Hot Lemon Drink– get a cup of water steaming hot, then squeeze a whole lemon into it. Add a tsp. of honey and drink while still hot. (Of course I don’t have any honey, so mine is extremely sour!) Drink 1-2 times daily.

Garlic Soup– Boil 3-4 chopped garlic cloves in 1 cup of water. Drink once daily. (Guess this will be around lunch time. Doesn’t sound very yummy but I’ll give it a try.)

Plus the old standbys: Chicken noodle soup, Vit. C, Orange juice, Popsicles, and Vick’s Vapor Rub.

I was hoping some of you might have some remedies that you use for your family that you could share with me. I’m desperate to get better!!

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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.


  1. To build up immunity and to hit a sickness hard take high quality cod liver oil. I give my family (of 6) fermented cod liver oil by Green Pastures with our raw honey elderberry syrup. They love “medicine” time. That and a diet of whole foods and lots of raw milk kefir. We rarely get sick and when we do we can keep it from getting severe or miserable.

  2. I love an apple cider vinegar and honey mixture for sore throats and colds. Just mix 1/4 cup of each in a coffee mug or something and take a tablespoon every 4 hours. Keep in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap or something.

    Hope you all feel better soon!

    By the way…I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and really enjoy it! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  3. Mom and dad use ginger in their lemon and honey tea.

    I use lots of saline nasal spray on myself and my boys. Just keep washing out those nasal passages. A hot steamy shower will help open those nasal passages up also.

    Also, Vicks Vapor rub. Use it on your feet and cover with socks at night. It will help calm the cough.

  4. Have you ever heard of Oregano Oil? A friend of mine put us onto it, and we’re hooked! We take 3-4 drops multiple times a day whenever we feel something coming on, and it usually wards the bug off.

    I can only recommend one brand of oregano oil from personal experience — I don’t think some of the others are quite as helpful. It is actually on a fabulous sale on Amazon right now:

    That’s about half of what I pay at our local Whole Foods, and the 1oz bottle lasts the two of us several months.

    No one remedy works for everyone, but I sure appreciate oregano oil. I like take a few nasty drops rather than a whole cup of nasty tea . 🙂

  5. Jalapeno peppers and strong coffee will help “flush” you out, while the garlic, onion, and honey (not mixed together!) will kill bacteria.

  6. You already said that you do not have the honey but if you are ever stocking up on things one of my personal fav drinks for illness is: 1 part grapefruit juice, 3 parts orange juice, 1/4 part honey and a cinnamon stick. Heat in a sauce pan (do not boil) and drink warm. I use cups when measuring and have several servings of the drink but you can make a smaller batch. Heat feels good, honey coats, and the vitamin C is pretty high – not to mention that I LOVE the taste! It works for me – hope you feel better soon.

  7. Try “Deep Immune” by St. Francis herb farm. It’s an astragalus combo and helps my family get over colds in a day or two. Also, chopping up a clove of garlic, letting it sit for 45 seconds (allows the allicin to activate) and swallowing the pieces whole (no chewing…prevents “garlic breath”) seems to help a lot as well. Get better soon!

  8. Spicy foods always seem to help me get over a cold faster. Not sure why. It’s like it cleanses out the bad stuff.

    I hope you all get to feeling better soon!

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