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Home remedies, grandma recipes: Everyone's got one for the cold and sniffles: which ones do not work?

Asked by seazen (6103 points ) October 22nd, 2010

You’ve tried it – it failed. Tell us.

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Vortico's avatar

My grandparents used to “put alcohol on it”, whether “it” was a bruise, scrape, or bone fracture. I can’t say the method ever worked.

seazen's avatar

@Vortico Mine always put alcohol in it. Tea plus vodka.

Vortico's avatar

Isopropyl alcohol in my case, but you knew. Just clarifying. :)

Rarebear's avatar

None of them work except for washing your hands.

downtide's avatar

For colds and sniffles, I’ve never found that taking Vitamin C or eating oranges ever helped a bit.

Aster's avatar

Possibly “stay in bed” doesn’t work for a cold but extra sleep worked for me when I used to get them. And I couldn’t sleep unless I used nose spray at bedtime.

Cruiser's avatar

Force feeding meatloaf and lima beans to regain health and vitality doesn’t work at all.

bluemukaki's avatar

This graphic shows which natural ingredients in a lot of home remedies have more scientific evidence supporting them.

So ginseng and vitamin c aren’t overly proven to do anything that’s claimed, but others on the scale have been shown to be effective.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Cruiser ; I like meatloaf and lima beans. Just sayin’.

lonelydragon's avatar

My mother always claimed that she could stop a cold in its tracks by gargling with Listerine at the first sign of a sore throat. I have tried it, and it never worked for me.

judochop's avatar

@lonelydragon do you still have your tonsils? I’ve always thought gargling with Listerine was good if you still had your tonsils.

lonelydragon's avatar

Yes, and even given that fact, the gargling never did anything for me.

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