If you’ve been to any of your classes in the past month, you’ve heard the cough symphony that accompanies the infamous call cold season. As much as it sucks to have your class interrupted by a serial cougher, it probably sucks even more to be that cougher. We’ve all been there – actually, most of us are probably there right now.
You have likely already made a few trips to CVS to buy your cold mitigating staples, but have you considered trying something new? The internet offers a plethora of bizarre and non-traditional cold and sore throat remedies that you can try from the comfort of your own dorm room. Warning: some of these cures are weirder than others, and we cannot promise that any of these work, but does the internet ever lie? Send this to the the serial cougher in your life (or to the lady below…she needs help).
Try the “Wet Sock Treatment.”
This might possibly be the strangest cold and flu treatment out there. Apparently, if you sleep in cotton socks that have been soaked in ice water and then put a pair of wool socks on top of them, you can activate “the body’s defenses and reflexively increase circulation and decrease congestion in the upper respiratory passages, head and throat,” according to naturalhealthadvisory.com. This remedy has also been referenced and endorsed by the healthy Dr. Katie Corazzo on the healthy lifestyle blog MindBodyGreen and by healthline.com.
According to everydayroots.com, sucking on garlic can actually do a better job at getting rid of a sore throat than a cough drop. They advise that you slice one clove of garlic in half and put the two halves on either side of your mouth. One of our bloggers (read:me), recently tried this in a moment of desperation and it actually worked wonders. This is very easy to do, but beware that you might need to brush your teeth six times before leaving your room.