I have a sore throat, stuffy nose, hacking cough, and body aches. Summer colds are the worst. Been getting lots of sleep, sucking on zinc lozenges, taking extra vitamin C, drinking hot tea and chicken soup and Theraflu (not together, ew), and at this rate I'll try anything if it works.
As you know, nothing cures the cold and it will run its course in its own time.
To alleviate symptoms, I:
-Sleep as much as possible.
-Drink a ton of fluids.
-Take multi-symptom cold meds.
-Use sugar-free lozenges.
-Visualize the virus cells dying a merciless death.
Ha! Kidding on the last one.
A little information about colds. From what I have read, there are about 100 strains of the cold virus. When you have a cold, you become immune to that particular strain. Once you have had every strain, you are then immune from them all and will never have a cold again. I am 80 and I have not had a cold in years, for what that is worth.
When I first feel a cold coming on I try vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, echinacea, and olive leaf extract, and 50% of the time the cold just disappears. I recommend lipospheric vitamin C sold by Livon Labs. It is a bit expensive, but it is the only form of oral vitamin C that is absorbed as well as intravenous vitamin C.
I've suffered colds and allergies my entire life the kind turn into sinus infections and bronchial problems, I know all the home remedies, trust me. I've been to more ERT dr's and ER's than you can imagine.
Here's the ONLY thing that works: Grapefruit Extract Oil (it's a white bottle with a red cap) and it's very bitter, you drop 5-10 drops in a glass of water, stir and drink every hour. It dissolves mucus, makes your body alkaline and kills infections and bacteria.
Forget honey, it makes it worse, never do honey, as it feeds bacteria and makes it worse.
Forget OTC, they only dull the pain, plus they're full of sugar.
Forget Orange juice and soda - full of sugar.
Basically stay away from sugar.
My method works. Every time. No matter what.
I use Echinacea in a tincture. With goldensral extract. About a dozen drops in a glass of water. Then do it like it was a shot of something 100 +proof of alcohol. It does nothing for the symptoms. But when everyone around me is sick and I get their bug. I seem to get better quicker than those using things to treat the symptoms not the problem.