September 25, 2012

Experimentation in Homemade Cold Curing Concoctions

Last Thursday morning I woke up feeling like my head was filled with concrete and my throat like I had practiced swallowing fire in my sleep. I blinked open my eyes and at the exact moment I tried to push myself out of bed, realized my attempts were futile, and collapsed back into bed. 
I was sick. Guess it was finally my turn this year. 
Being sick is the worst feeling in the world (breaking news!) but having a cold that practically paralyzes your parasympathetic nervous system is a real drag. Of course I was in denial- my symptoms were simply a result of my new exercise regime I began last week after joining my company's 6 week fitness challenge- and so I pushed myself to work, clean the house, run errands, and do anything that didn't involve resting. Not recommended. 
By Saturday I was desperate. I started googling all sorts of homemade hocus-pocus remedies to the common cold since DayQuil was failing me. I found a few ideas that intrigued me so I decided to give them a try.
Crazy Cold-Curing Concoction #1: homemade cold medicine
People all over the always-reliable medical web swore by this and since I already couldn't smell or taste anything, the ingredients didn't scare me off.
Recipe via

¼ teaspoon Cayenne
¼ teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar 
2 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Honey 

 The verdict: I swallowed about 6 tablespoons of this throughout the day and by the evening I could breathe easier and some of my tasting abilities had returned. I think the cayenne and ginger helped increase circulation which may have helped my body attack the germs.
I would try it again in the future, probably at the first sign of sickness and see what happens.
Crazy Cold-Curing Concoction #2: hydrogen peroxide bath soak

You heard me. 
I found this link plastered all over Pinterest and some of the comments were positive so I figured what the hay. The instructions say to run a hot bath, add some grated ginger (again the circulation thing) and 3 pints of hydrogen peroxide solution to the water. Supposedly the hydrogen peroxide helps your body purge itself of toxins... kind of like an antiseptic for your insides, as it's soaked in through the skin. Hydrogen peroxide sounds super scary but normal over-the-counter bottles are already diluted to 3% and then adding a few cups of it to an entire bathtub dilutes it further. I could barely breathe through my nose so the smell didn't bother me.
The verdict: I don't know if the effects were more a result of the hot bath water and ginger or the hydrogen peroxide but I definitely felt my head clear up a little and my muscles relax. I slept well that night without NyQuil or any meds but didn't feel much better in the morning. The website said to repeat the bath up to 3 days in a row for symptoms but I have yet to try it again. This one may be a hoax but any excuse to run a hot bubbly bath is alright by me. 
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So it's now Tuesday and I am starting to feel better but my body has definitely taken a hit. I feel so sluggish and achey all over. Thankfully I have been able to work from home sending emails and making calls without fear of infecting innocent bystanders. Against my will, I am realizing that resting my mind and body is probably the only thing I can do to kick this cold for good. 

Stay healthy friends!

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