Dorm room cold remedies for brave souls

If you’ve been to any of your classes in the past month, you’ve heard the cough symphony that accompanies the infamous cold season. As much as you might hate to have your class interrupted by a serial cougher, it is even more miserable 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 an abundance 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 absolutely 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 appears to need some help).


Fear not, sad lady! The internet’s got you covered.


According to, 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. I recently tried this in a moment of desperation and it worked wonders. My insufferable sore throat soon became a thing of the past. Beware: you will need to brush your teeth six times before leaving your dorm room.

Steam, steam and more steam.

Your friends are probably scared to interact with you, so befriend your communal dorm room shower! Turn the shower as hot as it can go, and inhale some good old steam to give your nasal passage some love. Not a fan of wasting water? Heat up some water in your microwave or on the stove, pour the warm water into a bowl, and take in the steam.

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Make yourself some “Turmeric Golden Milk.”

Turmeric has been identified by many researchers as having strong anti-inflammatory qualities, so why not use it in a milk concoction? One recipe for turmeric milk calls for:

  • 3 cups of coconut milk or regular milk
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered or ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of ginger root and cayenne pepper (optional)

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  This remedy has also been referenced and endorsed by the healthy Dr. Katie Corazzo on the healthy lifestyle blog MindBodyGreen. Don’t be a wet sock and continue to cough for weeks! 

Listen to jazz.

We really can’t guarantee anything with this one, but turn on some Miles Davis nonetheless! According to Doctor Jean-Jacques Dugoua on Newtopia, listening to jazz for 30 minutes has the ability to increase your body’s levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that helps fight off infections. Make yourself some tea, put on some jazz, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to listen to jazz with your actual friends in no time without infecting them with your pesky germs!


This is not from the internet, but it definitely works. Give it a try.

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