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Sniffles, coughs, and aches; oh my!
There are plenty of germs circling around these days, and if you hang around people, there’s a chance you’ll get a bug just by proximity.
Heck, doorknobs can pose a hazard this time of year, and if you start getting a tickle in the back of your throat like you might be coming down with something, there might be a chance that you’re coming down with something.
And trying to diagnose yourself with any of those medical websites can cause disappointment or high paranoia. But you know when you don’t feel well and when you need something to fix that feeling.
Please note that I AM NOT A DOCTOR. The advice I’m about to give isn’t any kind of cure for any disease, so if you have something serious that needs medical attention, go get real medical attention.
That being said, while I’m no doctor, I have a few tips and tricks for you to hopefully help alleviate some of those symptoms. These are some old fashioned home remedies that just might be new to you.


There seems to be no end to the good that vinegar can do, and not just for you salad dressing. Some have found it to be an excellent aid in household cleaning, but it also deserves a spot in your medicine cabinet. After searching for more information on it, you might believe apple cider vinegar to be a wonder elixir.
Add ¼ cup of vinegar to your vaporizer to relieve congestion, letting the fumes open up the airways. Sore muscles can be soothed by a bath of hot water and a couple cups of vinegar.  Add a tablespoon to an 8 ounce glass of water for a gargle when your throat is sore.


Oh, the healing power of citrus! Sure, we all know lemons are good for getting rid of scurvy, so good that scurvy is relatively uncommon.  You don’t have to be a pirate to benefit from them. Lemons have plenty of vitamins, like B6, B12, and vitamin C.
When you start to feel that stuffy, achy feeling, try some hot water with the juice of a whole lemon in it.


As always, it’s important to stay hydrated, but it’s especially critical when you’re feeling less than your best. Plenty of liquids will keep everything flowing, and that will help the bad stuff move along.
Water on the outside is also beneficial. Warm to hot showers will improve circulation, loosen up congestion, and temper those achy muscles.


Did you know that aside from eating, honey can be helpful on the outside too? The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of honey are pretty remarkable. It’s been used to treat cuts and burns.
But what about flu-like symptoms? Honey is known to soothe a sore throat, of course. In fact, here’s a recipe that combines honey, vinegar, and some other stuff to improve your odds against this season’s ailments:


  • Joan Bernard
    February 7, 2013

    Thanks for the tips. You reaffirmed a few old stand-bys and gave me a few new ideas also.

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