What is or was your grandmother best cold remedy?

@polachicago (19143)
United States
December 15, 2007 9:25am CST
When I was small, my grandmother used to make hot milk with honey and butter. Somehow it was working as cold remedy for kids. Combination of wine and spices was used for adults. Do you remember your grandmother remedy?
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
15 Dec 07
MIne cut up onions and put some sugar inti just enough to make the juice come out gave us the juice for coughs and it worked also she used a mustard plaster on our chest or back that got real warm as I remember and think it work i cant remeber that lol
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
15 Dec 07
this is what my father use to make for me....
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
16 Dec 07
worked didnt it? the one I like since I can do it is. Wiskey lemon hot water and a touch of sugar drink about 3 of these go wrp up and sweat it out!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
16 Dec 07
whiskey and lemon....hmmm...sounds good....
@emagyne (665)
• United States
2 Jan 08
Castor oil was one of them..ewwww. And she used to rub vicks on the bottom of our feet and put socks on us when we were congested and it works til this day. I do my kids like that and for some reason, it works better than putting it on your chest. Something about you lose alot of heat out of your feet..i dont know but all i know is when im congested, i put it on my feet and put on some thick socks and just wait.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Jan 08
sounds good to me...I guess it doesn't smell good...
@nengs10 (3189)
• Philippines
28 Dec 07
I used to be sick before. My colds were truly bad. My grandma used to tell me that I should drink enough water as well as orange juice. She would also recommend to eat citrus fruits.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
29 Dec 07
agree, citrus is good for cold prevention...
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
16 Dec 07
Grandma's remedy was a large shot of Jack Daniel's whiskey, a spoonful of honey and followed by a small glass of Coke Cola. She said the whiskey would kill all of the germs and warm the tummy. I miss that lady a lot but I remember the things she taught me.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
16 Dec 07
sounds so good...maybe I would try to get one shot...he, he...this is true, whiskey can make you feel warm...
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
2 Jan 08
mine was Wiskey mixed with hot water and a little sugar. And you drink a half a glass of that than go to bed and cover up and sweat it out. Also for a cold she would rub mentholatum or vicks vaporrub on my chest and cover it up with a warm towel. You can also rub it on the bottom of your feet and put on socks that really helps with a cold to.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Jan 08
yes, I remember it too...vicks...thank you...:)
@kellys3ps (3731)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Good old chicken soup. I'll have to try your recipe next time we get the sickos around here!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Dec 07
OK, try Tum Yum soup. I know Chicken soup is good, but I don't eat meat... Thank you...:)
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
16 Dec 07
Actually this would be related to my great-grandmother as she was a nurse, but was into the old time remedies. One "remedy" was for a person to take a hot of a bath as possible, make a mad dash to bed and be covered up with a LOT of blankets, to sweat out whatever impurities were in the system and also to break a fever. But, she also would have a piping hot cup of tea, with lemon, honey and the real "cure" a few shots of brandy. Mmm..think it was the brandy that worked best...LOL
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
16 Dec 07
hot tea with lemon and honey always work, brandy makes you feel warm...good for winter anyway....
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
15 Dec 07
I remember my grandmother's cold remedy quite well, as I followed suit and gave it to my kids when they had a cold. One remedy was to drink warmed up lemonade and go to bed (it sweats the cold out of you). Another one was a mixture of honey, lemon, glycerine and hot water to mix - good for sore throats and coughs. I still use both these remedies today and they work!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
15 Dec 07
sounds good, grandmothers knew it better than new age medicine...