the common cold


It’s been a week of extremes and craziness. We had a small electrical fire due to a hack wiring job from a previous tenant. We found a new place to live for April. I’ve been baking and cooking up a storm. And now I’ve got my once-a-year cold. My head has grown 3 sizes too big and Kleenex and honey and lemon tea have been close company. This afternoon I’ll switch things up to include a fresh ginger and honey tea just cuz I’m crazy like that. Other home remedies are welcome. A real post when I’m feeling better.

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10 comments to “the common cold”

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    Joanne   March 2, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Power has finally been restored to my neighbourhood. We had a power outage last night due to the blizzard that blanketed the city of Toronto in snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, broken power lines and fallen branches…sigh.

    Welcome to March!

    Sorry to hear about the annual cold making an appearance. Maybe burning the candle at both ends with all the things on your agenda, didn’t help your immune system either.

    I was going to suggest fresh ginger tea but it seems you already know about it’s healing attributes ;)

    Hmmm, let’s see, what else can I offer? “Cold FX” from your local pharmacy, plenty of salty snacks to replace lost electrolytes due to a leaky faucet (nose!). A bubbble bath with Ombra’s Eucalyptus bath foam – also from your local pharmacy. It’ll knock the snot right out of you :D :D heh heh

    …oh, and garlic (fresh) maybe in a guacamole or something.

    Get better soon…I’m experiencing withdrawal symptoms from no “E-L-S” blog posts.

    p.s. congrats on finding a new place!

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    Aria   March 2, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Sorry you aren’t feeling well. Here’s a remedy from our family in Oregon for you (if you are brave enough). Garlic lemonade for health: finely chop 6 cloves of garlic. Add them to the bottom of a quart glass jar. Cover with 4 cups boiling water. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Add juice of two lemons and honey to taste; strain garlic out and drink. Fell better soon!

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    Maven   March 2, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    I like (well, it’s gross, but it works) grapefruit seed extract. EXTREMELY bitter. You put 10-15 drops in a little liquid and drink it down (fast). Antibacterial/antibiotic properties up the wazoo. And apparently you can use it as household cleaner too. Woohoo!

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    (M)ary   March 2, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    ohh…electrical fire…my biggest fear.

    i feel the walls sometimes to make sure they don’t feel warm…something my equally anxious parents taught me to do.

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    Kenny Mah   March 3, 2007 at 6:37 am

    I hope that you get well soon. Here in Malaysia, we have our own local version of fresh ginger tea called “teh halia” which has condensed milk added to it. Sweet, and it has quite a kick! :)

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    Rachael   March 4, 2007 at 11:59 am

    oh my! feel better!!

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    Tanya   March 4, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Feel Better!
    I just recovered from a sinus infection. I tried a new OTC product — Mucinex (don’t know if they have this up by you). It was fantastic! Also, lots of water and the occassional glass of diet Canada Dry, plus a warm fire and Puffs Plus with Aloe.

    Yea on the apartment! Is it any bigger than the current digs?

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    hag   March 5, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Sorry, to hear about the cold..at least you can take your mind off of it for a bit with ANTM! Garlic..as raw as you can stand it is good! Lots of liquids (clear), rest, a nice hot bath, chicken soup and whatever makes you feel good.

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    Cookie baker Lynn   March 6, 2007 at 7:43 am

    Sorry to hear about the cold and the fire. Neither is fun. My two cents for the cold is to try peppermint oil. Not extract, essential oil. In a potpourri burner, or in a junk pan (I got one from the thrift store) of water on a low burner, add a few drops of oil. It helps the breathing marvelously!

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    kickpleat   March 6, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    thanks everyone for all your good wishes! i’ve now got a ton of interesting (garlic lemonade, eh?) remedies to try out next time I fall ill….next year!

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