Flat On My Back Today With the 'Flu..Need Your Advice On Home Remedies!

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I woke up this morning with a sore throat, fever and chills.  The last few days I've gotten a bit run down, driving back and forth between Minneapolis and Lake Superior (to Duluth, Minnesota and Ashland, Wisconsin), wrestling with the snow and outdoor temperatures hovering around zero.  Looks like I'm paying for it this morning!

So today I'll be reading and commenting from bed.  I don't plan to move around much, other than making occasional trips to the kitchen for hot tea or chicken soup.  I feel pretty crummy.

What do you do when you come down with a severe cold or the 'flu?  Does chicken soup work for you?  How about gargling with warm salt water?  Do any of these things really work?

Does anyone here on AR has some magical home remedies for colds & flu?  If so, please contribute them ASAP! 

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Danny Thornton
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Eric, it is real simple. Make some hot tea, take a table spoon or honey, a tablespoon on lemon, and a shot of vodka to an 8 ouncec up of tea.
Dec 10, 2007 06:16 AM #11
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Danny, thanks!  I found about a third of a bottle of Skye Vodka in the back of a cupboard.  I think I'll doctor up my tea a bit..
Dec 10, 2007 06:24 AM #12
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Inna Hardison
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Hey, Eric. So sorry you are under the weather. Here is what always worked for me...
It's really an old pirates' thing, but it works.
Here is what you need:
a cup of dark rum
some (i use a lot, but that's upto you) cloves
2 inch cinnamon sticks
5 tablespoons lemon juice
3 slices lemon

Basically, you put 2 or so cups of water in a sauce pan, and when it gets hot, pour in rum and drop all the other ingredients. Get the thing to boil for a few minutes, but no more than that. If you don't have rum or don't drink that, you can do white wine and red wine half and a half mix instead. I also put in a fresh rosemary sprig when I make it. If it's yucky, just put a pile of whipped cream on top, and it'll be awesome.
:-)
Feel better, whatever you do!

 

Dec 10, 2007 11:45 AM #13
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Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
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Inna, how long would it take you to fly up here and whip up that concoction for me?

I must be feeling better..my sense of humor is coming back!

Dec 10, 2007 11:48 AM #14
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Hi Eric:  Mollie said she would volunteer to be uploaded, which would then allow you to download her up there.  She is a great snuggler.  So, Mollie, chicken soup, wine, whiskey, NyQuil, more wine, more NyQuil, and you'll either feel better, or you really won't care.  Feel better, my friend.   Karen Anne
Dec 10, 2007 04:07 PM #15
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Eric Kodner
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Karen Anne, thank you for caring!  I slept all day off and on, so now I'll probably be awake most of the night, at the keyboard of course!

Dec 10, 2007 04:11 PM #16
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Karen Anne Stone
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Gee Eric:  I've never known anyone who stays up till all hours of the night just making Active Rain comments.  Now why would anyone do that ?  LOL.  I hope you are feeling better.  If you need a warm place to stay... I might know someone in FW... <grin>
Dec 10, 2007 10:39 PM #17
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Eric Kodner
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Karen Anne, I love Fort Worth!  I used to stay on the west side of town, near Benbrook.  It would be fun to visit again.

Dec 11, 2007 01:31 AM #18
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Eric,

I'm not the first here to suggest this, but the hot toddy works for me.

Tea, lemon, honey, Bourbon (a real man's liquor) and sitting next to that nice looking Jotul woodstove you sent me a picture of on my recent post about alternative heat.

I also thought the idea of the neat looking crock next to the stove was great. Jotul woodstove

Glad I don't live where its any colder than here in Asheville, NC.

Get well soon and be glad its not the peak of your selling season.

Dec 11, 2007 01:48 AM #19
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Eric Kodner
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Don, thanks for the good advice.  I'm feeling slightly better today, although I still have a fever.
Dec 11, 2007 02:08 AM #20
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN
 This is what you need! It is called Dragon Well (Lung Ching) green tea. What did you think it was??? <<<smile>>> I get it at a local Chinese market. There are several varieties but this is the one I find most soothing. These tea leaves can also be mixed about 3 to 1 with jasmine tea leaves in your tea ball for a soothing aroma as well. I would follow any of the recipes above that include honey and a small amount of liquor; the tea will help you sleep whereas the liquor can wear down your immune response. The tea is naturally decaffeinated so it won't get you wired. I would definitely recommend the natural (non-ground) tea leaves as opposed to what you get with say Lipton or Luzianne. I heat a whole pot of water and allow the tea ball to steep continuously for at least 10 minutes. I swear by the green tea and honey remedy; plus there is some clinical research which supports the medicinal benefits as well. I hope you get to feeling better soon!
Dec 11, 2007 03:20 AM #21
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Eric Kodner
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Rich, I will try this.  I know it looks like pot (LOL) but I'm sure it's on the up-and-up!

I have read some articles about green tea helping with the immune system.  Thanks for the detailed comments.

Dec 11, 2007 03:42 AM #22
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Inna Hardison
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Eric, just checking in to see which one or two or three of the alcoholic remedies you chose... Some sounded exceedingly good, and maybe those could be used regularly to ward off any illness :-)
In all seriousness though, just wanted to check up on you and wish you well... Hope you feel your normal self again already!!!

inna-

Dec 11, 2007 06:05 AM #23
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Inna, I'm making a slow recovery.  I didn't try the booze part, but I'm grateful for all the good suggestions and I've tried several.  Thanks for checking on me.
Dec 11, 2007 06:14 AM #24
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Eric:  Benbrook is a great area.  It has a little of the "getting away from it all" feel to it.  Let me know when you're coming back this way.  I make a pretty great chicken soup.  LOL
Dec 12, 2007 01:39 AM #25
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Eric Kodner
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Karen Anne, I'll remember that!  Am feeling a bit better this morning and I actually got a full night's sleep.
Dec 12, 2007 01:41 AM #26
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
Eric - Sorry to hear you are not feeling too well. You got some good advice here. Wish I could add some miracle remedy for you...my advice is to get some rest.
Dec 12, 2007 06:24 AM #27
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Bill, thanks.  I'm doing a little bit better today.  Two days in bed is about all I can take anyway.
Dec 12, 2007 06:27 AM #28
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Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX
Eric, sorry you were feeling poorly, but I'm sure you're back on your feet! I saw in Karen Ann's response that you used to stay in Benbrook..you wouldn't recognize it now!
Dec 15, 2007 06:20 AM #29
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Eric Kodner
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Linda, I'm doing better today, but the cold symptoms are hanging on.

I imagine Fort Worth and the surrounding area has changed a lot since I was there..it was years ago, back in the early 1990s.

Dec 15, 2007 06:24 AM #30
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