Yesterday, while sitting at my office desk, I suddenly had a premonition: a cold was coming. A dull ache had started creeping into my neck and my nose was tickling. I started eying people around my office, looking for signs of colds and the perpetrator of my future misery. Suddenly, I thought about the disgusting subway pole I had grabbed during my morning commute to work. Then again, maybe my roommate had contaminated our apartment with the cold-carrying germs. Whatever the reason, I knew I had to act fast lest I allow this creeping cold to turn into a full-blown illness, thus forcing me to use my insurance for a doctor visit and fork over a dreaded co-pay.
Naturally, I turned to my most reliable source of information: Twitter.
I asked those of Twitterland what they do to ward of a cold for cheap? Okay, I didn’t actually say for cheap, but I trusted that they would come back with cost-effective suggestions.
@BrokeMillennial eat raw garlic. Just do it. It’s gross and you have to drink heaps of water or you’ll vomit, but it solves everything.
— Bridget (@moneyaftergrad) October 15, 2013
After clarification, it seems you don’t have to stuff cloves into your mouth. Instead you can dice up the garlic and toss it on your food. Bridget said not to cook it though!
@BrokeMillennial I start popping Vitamin C and start drinking tons of hot tea with honey and fresh lemon.
— Adam Kamerer (@SWAMFinance) October 15, 2013
This one made me chuckle, because I’d heard the same advice from my friend’s grandfather. Except in his version you add a finger or two of whiskey. Unfortunately, the latter is not entirely work appropriate.
@BrokeMillennial Airborne, and zinc tablets. tons of hydration and wear a ton of layers to sweat it out.
— Harper Yi (@HarperYi) October 15, 2013
I’d never heard of Airborne nor zinc tablets, but this suggestion came up more than once. If you’re looking for a home remedy to combat a cold for cheap, these aren’t the answers. However, it sounds like they work and worth spending five to ten bucks.
@BrokeMillennial Gargle hot ginger “tea”. Take like a tablespoon of powdered ginger, mix in cup of hot water, gargle in back of throat.
— R.J. Robledo (@RJRobledo7) October 15, 2013
Anyone else immediately think of the cinnamon challenge? I’m going to try this mostly out of pure fascination.
— Debt Blag (@debtblag) October 15, 2013
That soup sounds fantastic because I love spicy anything with garlic.
— Leslie Frankenbeslie (@lintacious) October 15, 2013
Easily my favorite suggestion. I know my night owl tendencies is the biggest contributing factors to my weakened immune system. So, I’m going to take Leslie’s advice and go get some sleep. Good night! (This post was written on Tuesday night, so I’m not actually sleeping through the day on Wednesday…)
How do you combat a cold for cheap?
Special thanks to the bloggers who responded to my query about warding off a cold: