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I know you said you’re gonna try vitamin c and garlic but don’t waste your time or money on those vitamin c tabs. Go to a health food shop and get sodium ascorbate. It’s pure vitamin c powder. It works for me every time! Put a little in a small cup of juice, 3 times a day. Don’t put it in water unless you like the taste of the ocean.
If you already have a sore throat, the question isnt about prevention but about lessening of symptoms and progression. Because likely you already have the cold. Throat gargles, plenty of fluid, rest are really all you can do. Most of what has already been mentioned may only help as a preventative at least 2 months before you get the cold, so if you have the money to spend on everything these supplements in keep that in mind for next winter. Also, the best way to prevent a cold is to wash your hands frequently. And of course, that is no guarantee either as the virus is also airborne. So if you are really worried, also wear a face mask in public. I know those 2 things sound so simple and so ridiculous but they really are the best ways to prevent it.
I take a herbal supplement called astra 8 when I feel the first signs of a cold and it usually doesn't develop into a cold or its just a very mild one. I get it from the health food shop. No guarantees it actually works but it seems to help me. I haven't had a bad cold in years
Pineapple juice. 300-400 mL 4x a day while fighting illness or around sick people. 500 mL 1-2x a day for general immunity boost
Betadine sore throat gargle or whatever it’s called. You know the one in the brown bottle, liquid also comes out brown! But gargle it to the back of your throat and it kills the germs. Have used it a few times and it’s been 100% effective!
Put a drop of eucalyptus oil on your thumb and apply to the roof of your mouth. My mum's remedy.
My remedy, ginger tea - hot water with fresh ginger grated in, can add a bit of lemon and honey too.
I drink loads of tea. Loads of it. Just copious amounts of tea. And I eat stews and hearty soups.