• http://www.femmegypsy.com/ femmegypsy

    “My mother slept with onions next to her bed because she thought they warded off evil spirits. She was also a blogger.” – Just snorted with laughter at my desk, I love that you are a full on hippy now that even farts flowers.

  • Jenay Hoover

    Here is something you should do….. Eat a spoonful of local honey every morning, it will have all of the local pollen in it and then you wont have the allergies…. I swear it works like a charm… go ahead… google it, I dare you. HA HA! Feel better!

  • Shauntel

    Hot and sour soup, as spicy and authentic (read: from the divey Chinese place down the street preferably) as you can get. Especially if you’re coughing – it clears your sinuses and burns the illness out of you, I swear.

    And this is very not hippy, but Mucinex D Maximum Strength (and maximum cost) is the only drug I’ve ever taken that helps break up the congestion in my head.

    Good luck!

  • LynArnold

    Hey! My parents had that exact same furniture! They still have the coffee table! I think it’s from the early 70s? Wow.

  • Mommiebear2

    Zinc!! Everytime I feel a cold coming on a start taking 1 pill a day and it either keeps it from coming on full tilt boogie or speeds the recovery up. I swear by it!

  • Kristhegirl

    Oh man, zinc makes me want to vomit within 10 minutes of taking it. Kind of negates any benefit I might get from it! I know other people who swear by it, too. I envy you!

  • P Dal

    Old Indian remedy that my mother has forced me to use for years is eating a mixture of tumeric powder, salt, and honey. Basically, take one of your larger dinner spoons, add a pinch of salt and turmeric, add the honey on top, and mix with your finger (there’s not real recipe). Then, just lick it off like it’s an ethnic lollipop. Don’t follow it up with any liquids for a while to allow the medicinal properties work on your now coated throat. Generally take it about twice a day. I hate to admit that my mother is right, but it does make a difference.

  • Jo D

    I second the soup! Last time I had a nasty cold I got a huge bowl of pho and put an almost equal amount of chili oil into it. I was sweating and crying and sniffling, but the next day I felt heaps better.

  • Heidi

    Thieves essential oil from Young Living. Put it on your feet or diffuse…… it’s a miracle worker. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  • Nichole

    My kids have been taking turns with a stomach virus for almost a month. I was just about to go cut up an onion to ward off the vomit spirits!

  • Polly Cole

    Juice of one lemon, 20 drops of oregano oil, 2 cloves of minced garlic. Shoot it like a shot as many times a day as your stomach can take. It will knock those bugs on their ass.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Yeah, I got it and one for the other side of the bed at a local store the specializes in mid-century furniture.

  • sw

    Oregano oil… One dropper full 3x a day = no more cold.

  • Karen Bernstein

    I didn’t see the NeilMed sinus lavage bottle. You and your dad should buy out the whole SLC inventory of this stuff because it will answer all of your prayers and his, too.

  • Hope Rutten

    I do acupuncture, also add butt loads of ginger to the honey/lemon tea and those damn sinus rinses. Oh, Chinese herbs from the hippie store in town. This combination broke the cycle of every cold turning into a sinus infection for four years. Until this Spring when I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. I blame the polar vortex that sat over us in Wisconsin for not being cold enough to kill all the germs.

  • deannamcneil

    Zinc used to make me vomit but if I take a tablet with food it’s not so bad. It does help…over time. Something that has totally surprised me because of the relief I have experienced is nettle tea. It does have an astringent effect on my swollen passages without the pain I often feel in my kidneys from antihistamines. Ice packs on the face often help too. Have you gotten a hug today? Hugs are also considered a miracle drug in my household, I recommend as many you can get! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  • chuck

    “okay…ima gonna let you finish but sinus disease is the greatest of all time.” Kanye. i lived in a large metropolitan city in Pennsylvania for over fifty years. I had allergies when i was young. i got shots for years and the allergies went away. I also had sinus disease and a deviated septum. i had my septum repaired. then i had my sinuses scraped. then i took Mucinex every 12 hours for years. i had mild sinuses infections for years, every August and February after that. but they were mild. I slept with a cool humidifier. all of this helped. #1 never take any medications that “dry up” your sinuses. you don’t want your sinuses to “dry up,” you want your sinuses to drain. Drying up your sinuses “traps” the infection. that’s when you get recurring sinus infections. visit a reputable ear nose and throat specialist. she will explain the above to you, scope your sinuses and provide you with real help. your father too. then i moved to a more tropical, humid climate. i have not had one sinus infection since i moved here over two years ago. i still take the Mucinex. since i moved here i have scaled back the Mucinex to once every 24 hours and i have been fine. the above worked for me. the other crap on your night table will not work. good luck.

  • tmb

    local raw honey. Pasteurization usually kills off the stuff in the honey that is anti-microbial. But yes, it works. I live in an area that the Native Americans called “the valley of sickness” because of how the pollen builds up, and local honey works!

  • Ashley S

    That’s funny. I’m a Utah native that moved to southeast Tennessee 4 years ago and I had never experienced allergies in my life until relocating. I’ve heard the local honey thing is supposed to work, but I haven’t tried it yet. Get well soon!

  • http://www.absentmindedhousewife.com/ The Absent Minded Housewife

    I don’t have a cold or any allergies at the moment, but I do have a t-shirt wrapped vibrator applied to my forehead and a dream.

  • Tori Pearce

    Oddly, I see no warming socks. Too hippy dippy Joni Mitchell for you?

  • Heather Armstrong

    I have those hanging from both ears.

  • elizabeth

    Hi fellow Oregonian! :)

  • Julie Chrisman

    You have a land line?

  • Kate

    My mother always SWORE by echinacea. I really don’t know if it ever made me any better, but she used to spike all my drinks and food with it when I was getting/was sick.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Those are remotes for the TV, but yes. I do have a land line. I live in a cellular black hole and if I didn’t I wouldn’t ever be able to conduct a conference call.

  • Kristina S.

    Another vote for local raw honey. My daughter had a perpetual cold/allergies for about 1.5 years. I started giving her honey every day about a year ago and she’s had only a couple minor ones and they don’t last more than 3-4 days. Also elderberry syrup to give your immune system a boost. Oh, and fermented cod liver oil. Doesn’t sound so great, but whatever works…

  • Delphine

    Steens Raw 25+ Manuka Honey is fantastic, I can’t recommend it highly enough! It’s expensive, but SO worth it! It should always be eaten at room temperature – you should never heat it up by putting it in tea or anything like that because that will ruin all of its fantastic healing properties. As soon as I feel a cold coming on or just feel run-down, I’ll take a teaspoon of it (just scoop some out of the bottle with a spoon and let it dissolve in your mouth for a few minutes before swallowing). If I’m really feeling awful, I take it several times a day. It works wonders!

  • menderz

    I found out the hard way that I’m ALLERGIC to Echinacea.

  • Dayna

    In reference to your allergies, try to find. Doc or holistic chiropractor who does NAET muscle testing and allergy clearing. Totally looks and sounds hokey, but it’s been life changing for us. Feel better!

  • Tori Pearce

    No wonder your ears are still stuffed up. I hope you feel better; doesn’t seem your sense of humor has been affected.

  • Blake

    2 shots bourbon. Hot water, fresh lemon, and honey. For what its worth, you will feel different. :)

  • smalina

    drinking a few tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (diluted in water) every morning. I haven’t had so much as a cold since I started doing this two years ago (hopefully I didn’t just curse myself.) Whenever I’m exposed to a sick person I down an extra glass immediately. Works for me.

  • smalina

    also, the Neti pot and gargling salt water help my loads with allergies.

  • Lindzgrl

    The cider vinegar thing has worked like magic for me, too! But I just drink the tablespoons (2 in the am, 2 in the pm) straight. I’d rather get the grossness over quickly, like taking a shot, than suffer through a whole glass of it diluted.

  • Michelle S.

    I absolutely swear by zinc chewing gum and really don’t bother with anything else. Zinc lozenges tend to kill my taste buds for a day or two and zinc tablets sometimes upset my stomach. But the zinc in chewing gum coats your throat and sinuses while you chew, swallow, and breathe. I have not had a severe cold (or even one that lasted more than a few days) for many, many years. If you do try the gum, chew it slowly or sorta stow it in your cheek to help it last longer.

  • Carin Sweerman

    I have the same coffee table, I bet and two end tables, in my living room. I was thinking the nightstand looked very similar. Got mine from my folks when they changed the room, god, eons ago.

  • JKA

    I literally talked less about metastatic cancer than you do about a cold. Suck it up.

  • tmb

    LOL yup *waves hello*

  • amykj

    Super hot bath with one cup epsom salt and one cup baking soda.

  • Heather Armstrong

    I’m not sure if you knew this or not, but I have a cold. A really bad one. And I have it. And it’s bad. And I have a cold.

  • Dee

    My kids swear the oregano oil I give them when they are sick helps. They call it magical. The onion thing is a myth. Now if you actually ate the raw onions you’d get more healing out of them than having them sit around to absorb viruses.

  • Lori Schwartz

    Um, I’m sorry you are sick but I HAVE THAT SAME TABLE. I mean, it was my parents table. I grew up with it and now I have it. A whole series to match actually. I have never seen it elsewhere. Where did you get that table? I didn’t realize how mid-century modern my parents were until I got the tables and went, wait, what? Those are cool tables.

  • http://www.twitter.com/lovesmoose Carla

    Eat the onion raw. You will no longer know you have a head cold.

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Enjoy your cold. Use it as an excuse for being crabby and canceling anything you don’t want to do. Surrender. Life will pick up where it left off.

  • Holly

    If you alternate pushing the roof of your mouth with your tongue and pushing the bridge of your nose with your finger in a back and forth kind or rhythm for a minute or so it shifts the mucus out of your sinus’. There’s science behind it but I prefer to pretend it’s dark magic I’m doing.

  • beth

    CVS brand Mucinex D is exactly the same, and costs about half.
    Also, Zyrtec or Claritin – those are every-day-through-the-season drugs, though, and you might not want that. It needs to build up and stay in your system to be effective.
    If all else fails, sushi. With lots of wasabi.

  • Jen Moore

    I swear by wet sock therapy…do it a couple nights in a row…awesome stuff. Also zinc tablets/lozenges for your sore throat. Good luck.

  • kris

    Willamette Valley for the win! My fiance came here from England to visit last spring and thought he was going to die. He had never had allergies before. He thought it was all of Oregon, but we drove to Medford and he could breath again, lol.

  • Sarah

    The Lane side tables! I’ve been looking for a pair that don’t cost a small fortune (I have the coffee table, inherited from my gma’s living room) for YEARS. Color me jealous.