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Natural Cold Remedy: My Secret Life as a Human Tissue

My Secret Life as a Human Tissue

by tinysneakers

Before I had my own child, I’d see kids running around with snot dripping out of their nose or crusted on their cheek in a trail as they used the back of their hand to smear it across their face.

Why didn’t parents just wipe these kids’ noses?!

Well, I’ll tell you. Have you ever tried to wipe a kid’s nose? It’s like trying to Cirque de Soleil level acrobatics.

So sometimes the only options is to let the snot be. They’ll wipe it off eventually: on their hand, their sleeve, your shoulder, someone else’s sleeve…

And sometimes you have to come in for the sneak attack with whatever you have available. Yup, that’s usually my sleeve. I’ve noticed a dried smear of snot crusted on my sleeve and the most in opportune times. It’s never at home before I’ve left the house with a chance to change. It’s usually as I’m handing my precious cargo over the half-door at school, to his teachers that are actually competent enough to use a tissue.

But really that’s not the worst of it. You know what the worst part is? Their snot becomes your snot.

cold remedies for parents

Pre-baby I could count the number of times I’d been sick in the last decade on one hand. This year alone I’d need to borrow a few extra hands just to even scratch the surfaces of the number of colds we’ve had. There’s something about the ubiquitous daycare germs combined with lack of sleep that just get you.

Sick babies are no fun. Sick babies while you’re sick are even less fun. Sick husbands are the absolute least fun. Winking smile

So this morning when the babe and I woke up sick and snotty for the umpteenth time, I decided to throw everything I had at the oncoming cold. I’ve got the baby cold routine down. Time to work on the grown up version.

Here’s my scientifically and methodically tested methods of fighting a cold the minute it starts. {Let’s be clear: when I say scientifically and methodically, I mean the exact opposite. I mean, let’s do ALL THE THINGS all at once.}

natural cold remedies

Natural Ways to Kick a Cold

1. Gargling with salt water. It’s like Windex- it’s supposed to cure everything.

2. Coconut oil. It has natural antimicrobial properties, which can only be good news when there are cold bugs crawling all over the place. I be sure to load up on it a few times a day, starting with a tablespoon in my morning coffee {plus cinnamon- mmmm!}

3. Apple Cider Vinegar. It tastes kind of like your drinking a cup of Easter egg dye, but it’s not too bad. I do a mug of warm water, a tablespoon of ACV, and a tablespoon or more of local honey.

4. Tissues. Duh. But seriously, don’t suck that stuff back into your head. A neti pot would probably be a good option but I’ve never made it past using some saline spray.

5. Soap. We all know you’re supposed to wash your hands, but do you? Yeah, that’s what I thought. But when the cold germs are running rampant there’s no reason to keep passing them back and forth. Sharing is caring but not when it comes to germs.

6. Liquids/vitamins/herbs. This list could get long. Really long. I just grabbed what I had that tasted good and was good for me- mostly to force me to hydrate. Green Super Food drink.

7. Sleep. Ha, good one. This is a baby blog, remember?


What are your cold-fighting secrets?!

Psst obviously I’m not a doctor and I’m not suggesting you do this things. Just sharing here, folks. Winking smile

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen March 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

All 3 of us woke up with another cold yesterday. It’s ridiculous how often babies- and parents- get sick! Feel better!


Carolyn March 4, 2013 at 11:07 am

You’re pretty much describing my last week or so. This included a 103.4 fever at one point and now it’s punctuated by what I think is horrible teething and bottle refusal. Lord help me through this. 🙂


tinysneakers March 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Ugh oh no!! Why do teething and colds always seem to come in pairs- no fun!


Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriff March 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Hot toddies! Hot water, lemon juice, honey, and liquor (my favorites are brandy and honey whiskey). When I feel a cold coming on, I drink some hot toddies (with plenty of water, too) and use the neti pot. It might not completely cure the cold, but it definitely shortens its life span!!


Presley @ Run Pretty March 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

Don’t we wish #7 was still that simple?! 🙂


Linz @ Itz Linz March 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

i didn’t know coconut oil has antimicrobial properties! i love the stuff anyway and now it just got better!! i def do a lot of tea and lemon and honey when faced with a cold!


Lani (@armytbonegirl) March 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

Instead of drinking the apple cider vinegar, try inhaling it. No, not directly. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water (I usually do 1 cup and 2 cups) in a pot. Put it on the stove and turn the heat on until it gets some good steam coming from it. Breathe in the vapors for as long as you can (breathe in through your nose) – there’s something in the apple cider vinegar that kills the yuckies in your sinus cavities. I was skeptical when my chiropractor first told me about it, but it works!! NOTE: your house will smell like you just dyed Easter eggs, but it’s worth it!


tinysneakers March 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Hmmm that sounds interesting!! I think I’d rather breathe it in than drink it- the taste gets old after a while 😉


Jane March 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Grandma cures for the cold: hot tea with lemon and raspberry preserves (especially good if you have a fever because raspberries make you sweat); gargling with water with salt & baking soda; steaming up a room and sitting there for a bit before bed. Also, boil some potatoes, stand over the steaming pot with your head and the pot covered with a towel and inhale deeply. The steam will clear out the nasal passages.


tinysneakers March 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Ooo I didn’t know that about raspberries!


Pavement Runner March 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Wait until school or day care… it’s just a viscous circle or game of roulette as to who is going to get sick and then who is going to spread it in the house.

But their little smiles and laughs make it all worth it.


tinysneakers March 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Ugh, daycare is where it all started!! Definitely worth it though- especially when the smiles come back after a rough cold. 😉


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