Strange Reddit-Approved Cold And Flu Remedies That Work

Diply 20 Oct 2018

I don't know about you, but there have been more than a few times when I've been down and out, stuffed up to the gills and coughing my brains out, and I've been ready to try just about anything to send my illness on its way.

Well, it turns out there are many things to try. It seems like every family has their own go-to cure-all for cold and flu season. Folks on Reddit were more than happy to share the ones that work for them, and although they can be a little odd or unusual, you have to respect the things that help.

And remember, these folks aren't doctors, so if you're really feeling ill, it's best to see a medical professional.

1. "Oil of oregano. The number of times I've nipped colds (and much worse) in the bud with that stuff makes that stuff the holy grail of cure-alls. Especially good for respiratory infections," claimed Reddit user Talonthekiller.

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Not sure about it being a cure-all, but it probably couldn't hurt!

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2. "Peppermint oil is amazing for stuffed noses, a small dab (I repeat SMALL, you want to clear your nose not make it feel like your eyeballs and brain are melting) under your nostrils and it'll help get the mucus moving," wrote Reddit user LetsGetJigglyWiggly.

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A couple of others noted peppermint oil was also effective against headaches.

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3. "Vapo-rub on the bottom of your feet if you have a bad cough. Not sure why, but it helps, especially at night," wrote Reddit user Fullerachi.

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But you have to remember to put socks on, too!

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4. "If you're stuffed up boil a pot of water with a little lemon it and then put a towel over your head and breathe in the steam," suggested Reddit user RustyBShackleford. 

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"Within a few minutes you'll be coughing out a buncha mucus."

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5. "Gargling warm salt water to help soothe a sore throat," said Reddit user petty_mayonnaise, and many agreed.

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And I have to admit, it has worked for me in the past as well, so I agree with this one too.

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6. Apparently popular in India, "Turmeric milk for a cold or a sore throat," said Reddit user _allons_y.

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Some cafes serve turmeric lattes, so you might even be able to get someone else to make some nice, warm turmeric milk for you.

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7. Of course, somebody had to bring up chicken soup — with a twist. "If you feel a cold coming on make homemade chicken stock, the kind that will gel in the fridge," wrote Reddit user raine0227. 

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"Make some ramen noodles and put them in the broth with some kimchi. Something about the combo of the broth and spicy kimchi knocks a cold right out of me."

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8. Spice was a common theme, with another user swearing by hot wings: "Whenever I feel myself getting a cold I get hot wings, like nuclear hot, crying and sweating hot, then put red pepper flakes on it. Knocks the cold out for me within 36 hours of eating it. It’s not the most fun of cures, but it is great if you have a demanding job or finals."

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Any excuse to eat hot wings can't be wrong!

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9. "Congested? Flaming hot cheetos," wrote Reddit user QsXfYjMlP. "They're poison, but they'd knock the devil himself out of you."

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Reddit user heatherdoodel had another spicy take, suggesting "10 white peppercorns swallowed whole when you feel a cold coming on."

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10. "Perhaps only part of a cold, but I cure a sore throat by eating potato chips, only half chew them and swallow them a bit jagged, never fails to clean the pus off your throat," wrote Reddit user Lady_FriendOfSpiders.

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I've learned so much about the curative properties of junk food today.

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11. Hot toddies were popular for grown-ups, with a few variations. One user listed their recipe as "Rum, whiskey, brandy, lemon, orange, boiling water, and cinnamon." 

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Reddit user Mendozozoza, however, swears by "whiskey, hot water, lemon juice, honey and then steep a a bag of early grey tea in it."

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12. It seems odd, but a few people pointed to exercise or at least staying active to chase a cold away. "Going for runs," wrote Reddit user myusernamestinks. "As long as it's not making me cough too much."

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Reddit user Tbuuntat agreed, saying that "Lying in my own sickness just makes me feel worse, but fresh air and light movement make me feel much better. I usually take a couple ibuprofen and some hand sanitizer and go window shopping or to the park or something."

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13. It seems plenty of people love ginger for a cold. "3-4 inches of fresh ginger root, washed (not peeled) and chucked into half inch bits, boiled in a few cups of water until it's a nice golden color soup will burn away (at least temporarily) even pretty heavy sinus issues," suggested Reddit user combo5lyf. 

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"Stuffy nose? Blocked sinuses? Sore throat? Get a mug of this and drink it hot (and tempered with brown sugar so the burn isn't unbearable) and it'll stave off a good chunk of symptoms for far longer than cough drops and it helps keep you hydrated."

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14. "As a chef I have learned about the medical properties of some foods. My mix is equal parts Lemon Juice (Real lemon)+ grated Ginger+ Cayenne pepper + Honey," wrote Reddit user EpicChef.

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"Lemon juice = Lots of Vitamin C, Ginger = Immune system boost, helps with tummy aches. (mongoose chew ginger after being bit from snakes) Cayenne = Clears the sinuses, Honey = Antiseptic with energy boost."

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15. "Grate ginger root and boil it with some sliced oranges in a little bit of water to make a concentrate. Add honey. Later you can use the concentrate to make yourself a number of delicious cups of tea," wrote Reddit user tandq. 

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"The ginger will have a little spice to settle your stomach and help with congestion."

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16. Garlic seems to be right up there with ginger in popularity. "Two smallish cloves of garlic peeled, bruised and then let sit for 10 minutes finally swallow whole (this is why you want them small, I usually go for the centre cloves)," wrote Reddit user thelostandthefound. 

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"It will kill the bacteria in your throat and the soreness will be gone. I do it at the first sign of a cold and rarely had a sore throat since."

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17. "3/4 Glass of warm water. 1/6 Glass of honey. 1 Lemon - squeeze the pulp out into the drink. Garlic - chop finely and crush into drink. Drink this once when you wake up and right before bed. Eat the garlic, the honey takes the edge off it," wrote Reddit user SajidM12.

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"This not only fights the cold, it also soothes your throat and prevents the cold from getting worse."

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18. "Minced raw garlic for both prevention of colds and faster recovery. Mince up a clove very finely, wait 5-10 minutes for allicin to activate, then eat it. You could also put it on buttered toast. Repeat every day until you feel better," suggested Reddit user lirulin17.

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"I typically take it at night, right before I brush my teeth and go to bed, so that I don't have to go around with garlic breath in public all day."

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19. "My husband eats a raw garlic and mayo sandwich and NEVER gets sick," wrote Reddit user in_the_vortex.

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I guess not all medicine can be delicious, but come on now, mayo and raw garlic?

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20. "My grandparents swear by half a raw onion cut and left next to the bed, the other half uncovered in the fridge," wrote Reddit user havidelsol. 

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"Apparently they work like a sponge for germs bacteria and all them nasties. Also, apparently you shouldn't eat old uncovered chopped onion, for the same reason."

Not sure about the science behind this one.

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21. "Salt water sinus rinses (aka neti pot) for stuffy nose. Oh, the sweet relief! When you feel like you're going to give yourself a brain aneurysm if you blow your nose one more time, but you still can't get it all out, stick that NeilMed sinus rinses bottle in your nostril and squeeze," wrote Reddit user hilarymeggin.

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"(I prefer it to the actual neti pot so I don't have to tilt my head sideways.) Not only will you be 100% clear in seconds, but you have the added benefit of watching giant glops of yellow-green mucous exit your nose en masse, like they're fleeing something." 

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So, maybe put a tarp down first.

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22. When sinus pressure builds up, one Reddit user turns to coffee. "Strong and hot coffee for sinus headaches. The caffeine helps with the pain, and (for me at least) the hot coffee kind of shocks me which seems to relieve my sinus pressure," they wrote. "Not sure if this works for everyone."

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As long as you're not hoping to sleep off your sickness, might be worth a try.

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23. Here's one I've never heard before, courtesy of Reddit user kilamumster: "Applesauce. It's full of antioxidants and soothes sore throats."

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"I have some at the first sign of a sore throat, a spoonful at a time for 20 mins or so."

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