Weird flu remedies

Over the last two weeks my entire household came down with the flu. A high fever. Body aches. Chills followed by sweating half to death. And, a few days in, a hacking cough that mostly wanted to come out at night – guaranteeing that no one got any sleep. We rejected the Tamiflu offered by the doctor and toughed it out ourselves. That, of course, led to a visit to Dr Google and the inevitable old-time flu remedies.

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One NSB local from way back mentioned the 1-2 punch of Vapo Rub on the chest and ingesting a sugar/honey/lemon and whiskey combo that we all hear about. A suggested flu-cure from the 1800s was to place onions all over the house to “absorb” the flu virus. Another twist on the whiskey-remedy is cinnamon, ginger and bourbon. And there were multiple suggestions about gargling with salt water. 


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Another concerning suggestion was to boil and onion and then drink the water. And one page suggested using ear wax to moisturize chapped lips. Another said to put a a half of an onion in each sock. (What is it with onions? Do they really having a healing power? Obviously someone thought so!) 

Zinc is thought of as the best way to ward off a cold – and one suggestion involved eating a lot of oysters, bc they’re loaded with zinc. While I’ve been known to put some oysters away I couldn’t imagine eating them last week when my stomach was barely tolerating rice. 

Do you have a guaranteed cold or flu remedy? Something strange? Or just the rest suggested by a doctor? 

We drank a lot of water and Gatorade, took naps every day (sometimes twice a day!) and indulged in my father-in-law’s homemade chicken noodle soup. It was a long 10 days, but we seem to be back on our feet. 

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