Last Modified on Feb 25, 2015
About Common Cold Symptoms
A cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat that's relatively harmless but causes the irritating symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and congestion of the chest and sinuses. The common cold can be the result of any one of a number of viruses, which can vary the symptoms from a chest cold to a stubborn, bad cold.
Being an airborne virus, it is very easy to catch a cold. All the sneezing and coughing sends infected water particles into the air, easy to be inhaled and spreading the cold further. Vaccination is difficult as the number of viruses causing colds is high with a large number of mutations occurring each cough and cold season. Hand washing and face masks are good measures for prevention, though perhaps not always feasible.
Best Cure for a Cold
No cure for the common cold? Well there are at the very least some very uncommonly good home remedies for cough and cold symptoms here at Earth Clinic! Our most popular remedy for a cold is Jean's Famous Tomato Tea, recipe below; and many users also suggest apple cider vinegar, baking soda, zinc, garlic, and a wide variety of other natural antibiotics and home cures for fighting off your cold.
MOST POPULAR COLD REMEDY:
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||27|
|Hydrogen Peroxide in the Ears||13|
|Carol's Hot and Spicy Drink||5|
|Gargling With H2O2||4|
|Hydrogen Peroxide Sniffing Method!||3|
Jean, from Wisconsin sent us this remedy on May 30, 2003. After drinking this recipe hot, writes Jean, "Your sinus congestion will disappear REAL fast. All these ingredients not only work on the immediate symptoms, but add plenty of vitamin C to fight a cold, and garlic to fight infection.
Recipe: Add 1 cup tomato juice, 1 tsp chopped fresh garlic, 1/2 tsp of hot sauce, 1 tsp lemon juice, and a pinch or two of celery salt for flavor. Heat ingredients and drink hot."
EC: Read the considerable reader feedback (130 plus emails) on Tomato Tea here, including Jean's updated remedy!
Apple Cider Vinegar for Colds
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Teaspoon
- Filtered Water - 8 to 10 Ounces
Take a tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey in a warm but not hot glass of water up to three times a day to relieve all cold symptoms, including sore throat.
[YEA] My daughter was suffering from a bad cold and losing her voice. I gave her two TBS of ACV in a glass of water. Within a few hours she said her nose was clearing up and was feeling less aches and pains associated with the cold. By next morning all symptoms were gone.
[YEA] Lots of allergy-related sinus congestion lately... But yesterday morning I woke up feeling like I was beginning to get a cold- I started sneezing, my nose was running, my throat and lungs felt scratchy and inflamed, and I started coughing. By the evening I knew I was doomed. Late last night I poured approx 2 tbsp ACV in a glass, added water, and chugged it. This morning, I did it again, then again at lunch, and again this evening.
I haven't sneezed at all today, no runny nose. I coughed only a couple of times this morning (over 12 hours ago).
Around noon I felt better, and now, 24hrs after the initial dosage, I feel significantly better. I still have sinus congestion; the feeling in my lungs is still (faintly) there. I'll continue with the ACV...Amazing!
[YEA] ACV curing cold: I am a singer and came down with a swift, debilitating case of laryngitis. I had been reading EC's postings because of another issue and was reminded of the benefits of ACV. After going to the ENT and obtaining a prescription of antibiotics, I thought I would first try ACV to help cure this thing before taking yet another round of antibiotics. ACV is the ONLY THING that actually broke up the mucus in my throat, allowing me to breathe easier, speak and sleep more comfortably. I feel better after drinking it and am looking forward to the continued benefits of ACV. My singing voice will return soon, I am sure. I take 2 TBS/3 times a day in about 8 ounces of cold water. I use a straw to protect my teeth. The taste doesn't bother me but you can add 1 teaspoon of raw honey and squeeze some lemon in there if you prefer. Thank you EC and to everyone who has shared their experience!
My 2 year old daughter has been hit pretty hard with a virus that is clogging up her nose, giving her a fever every night and clagging up her eyes so they stick together with a yucky discharge. She is normally very healthy.
I am thinking about giving her Apple cider vinegar and honey. Is this recommended for someone so young? Is there anything else recommended for her? Thank you for your time.
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La Mesa, Ca
02/24/2015Posted by Karyn (Rexburg, Idaho) on 03/19/2012
[YEA] I just wanted to report that the ACV and lemon juice and hot water worked wonders for my nasty cold over the weekend! I really dislike the taste of ACV, but the health benefits are well worth a few moments of yuck. Thanks to everyone for their posts!Posted by Natalie (Mesa, Az, Usa) on 01/13/2012
[YEA] My 5yr old son and I had caught a nasty cold tht has been going around and has taking most around a month to kick. He had the worst chest congestion and cough. I gave him a 1 Tbs of apple cider vinegar and put it in 8 oz of apple juice he drank it with no problem, but he said mom I think this juice is rotten; haha, I added I little honey he couldn't tell the diff. it worked so well it was the only thing that would stop the cough no otc was helping..Posted by Laura (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 12/17/2011
[YEA] I had a terrible cold all week. Last night I couldn't stop sneezing and was blowing my nose nonstop for hours, despite having taken cold medicine. I knew there was no way I'd be able to sleep, so in desperation I looked at the suggestions here on earth clinic. I mixed 2 T. ACV & 1 T. Organic, unprocessed honey in 10 oz of water and drank it all at once. Within 1 hr I felt like I could go to sleep. I slept all night & woke up this morning breathing through both sides of my nose! I'm still a little congested, but will keep up the ACV & honey & water till this thing is out of me. Thank you Earth Clinic!Posted by Jas (Winston Salem, Nc) on 10/04/2011
[YEA] Hi guys, Well after reading the ACV remedies here I thought I'd try it for a cold and sore throat. I boiled water and in a cup added the hot water with a little cold, half teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, squirt of honey, and tablespoon of Organic Apple cider Vinegar. I gargled first for the sore throat, this as a miracle and sore throat was gone by the next morning. For the cold you will drink the concoction and feel relief within 24 hrs. Nature's miracle. You need to cure the virus not treat just the symptoms which is why natural alternative therapies are the way to go instead of phamarceutical!Posted by Mary (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on 09/19/2011
[YEA] Started with sore throat yesterday morning, followed by body chills and runny nose this morning. Was blowing my nose practically non-stop until I suddenly remembered the EC site for natural remedies. Saw the many positive comments about ACV, decided to give it a go - mixed 2 tblsps of organic unfiltered ACV with 1 and 1/2 tbsps of honey in a mug of warm water (about 400 ml), and within 10 minutes my nose started to clear up. I kid everyone not! Will continue to dose myself with ACV and honey for the next few days until the cold clears up. Thanks, EC and everyone, for your helpful posts.Replied by Ladyone191