How To Stop A Cold: 6 Things To Do The Minute You Start Feeling Sick

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Some days, you just know. You wake up and, instead of being greeted by lovely autumn light or an overpowering desire not to get out of bed, the first thing you notice is one of those tell-tale signs. A runny nose. A scratchy throat. Immediately, you know it’s a cold, and you can feel it coming on strong. But what, if anything, can you do to stop it in its tracks? Here’s how to stop a cold–the best you can–the minute you start feeling sick.

Unfortunately, there’s just no actual cure for the many variations of the virus that causes the common cold…other than time, that is. But there are ways you can beef up your immunities and arm your body so that you’re able to fight off a bug in less time, with less discomfort. Here are a few things to do the second you wake up feeling under-the-weather. And because these tips come mostly courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, you know they’re solid.

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    • Mary G.

      Get ready for cold season NOW by creating your own jar of magic tea base:

      Into a pint glass jar, thinly slice one organic lemon, well washed, plus a thumb sized knob of fresh ginger, also thinly sliced. If you like, you can add a small cinnamon stick too. Now get some LOCAL organic honey, unfiltered, unpasteurized please!, and pour that over the lemon/ginger/cinnamon mixture. Put the clean lid on and screw down firmly. Put this in the back of your fridge for a few weeks and the lemon/ginger will dissolve into the honey making a marmalade-like substance. When you feel a cold virus attacking, put a heaping tsp of this in a cup of boiling hot water. If you have it, you can add a tea ball full of hyssop and thyme leaves too. Let steep 3-5 minutes, stir well and enjoy it HOT several times a day.

      This amazing tea always cures my colds in a day or two, or at least makes them minimally miserable! (Use your Neti Pot too!!!!!)

    • ADirtyHippie

      Personally I think your forcing people to click through multiple pages is complete B.S., much like your advice on colds. You don’t even mention a hardcore garlic binge.

      Are you connected to Forbes.com (a primary example of multi-page B.S.) in your use of Disqus?

    • maxi rossi

      The only thing that has ever stopped me from catching a cold (and I always take supplements) is the nasal spray sinusoothe. i had never heard of it before and came across it on amazon. I have been using this since april and i am the only one in our office not to have come down with the cold this year. I use it a couple of times when I feel th onset of the cold and stop using it when I feel better. It does sting a little but that lasts for a couple of seconds and considering I used to get three to four colds a year it is well worth the sting.

    • Linda Snow

      Lame advice. The first thing you should do is try and calm yourself down….slow down your heart rate and meditate. Get yourself out of the office or any stressful situation.

    • Linda Snow

      Lame advice. The first thing you should do is try and calm yourself down….slow down your heart rate and meditate. Get yourself out of the office or any stressful situation.