I’ve had a spring cold the last few days and I think it may be aggravated by allergies. Thankfully, though, I have a toolbox of frugal items that I use to battle such colds. Here’s what I use.
Cleanliness. I bathe multiple times daily. It does a great job of getting my sinuses flowing and also reinvigorates me, even when I’m tired.
Tea. Try making yourself a cup of tea, particularly one made from fresh ingredients. I like to make Earl Grey tea as well as ginger tea.
Chicken soup. I usually boil a chicken breast, chop it up, then mix it with chicken boullion, but an inexpensive can of chicken soup has much the same effect: it acts as an anti-inflammatory, making breathing and blowing your nose easier.
Boil some water on the stove. Take a large container of water and bring it to a boil on the stove and let it boil away. This humidifies the air naturally and you don’t have to deal with buying or cleaning a humidifier.
Salt water. Put a few pinches of salt in a glass of warm water, then gargle with it. This is about the best solution I’ve found for dealing with a sore throat, even better than throat sprays. Throat sprays have an immediate numbing effect, but the salt water actually seems to affect things for the better in terms of actually treating the condition.
If you decide to buy your own cold remedy, don’t mess around. Get stuff that works, even if it tastes foul. The two things I recommend are Buckley’s Mixture (a syrup) and Fisherman’s Friend (a lozenge). Both taste foul, but both actually have the desired effect of relieving congestion and clearing my head. Plus, both can be taken in very small doses and are still effective, meaning that one purchase can last quite a while.