I feel it coming. I am probably 8-12hrs away from full blown head cold. Does stupid airborne work?!? Help Me! I will try your Nana's weird recipe, anything!!!
  1. Zinc?!? Does this work?
  2. OJ just isn't gonna cut it.
  3. I have friends who are servers (aka always getting sick) who swear by Zicam. It's supposed to shorten your cold. So yes, I think zinc is supposed to help!
    Suggested by @jessnobs
  4. Hot tea with a lot of lemon and honey
    Its more effective when your symptoms are full blown but it really does help!
    Suggested by @jessnobs
  5. Enchinacea pills/drops
    Suggested by @aus10
  6. Vitamin A and gargle with salt water!
    Suggested by @EmmaS
  7. Emergen-C
    I've never taken Airborne, but when I feel something coming on, I try to take 2 packets of Emergen-C (tropical is my favorite) per day and it usually staves it off or reduces the severity of the cold.
    Suggested by @ladyprofessor
  8. Sambucol- Black Elderberry
    You can get this at CVS. It's great for boosting the immune system and shortening the duration of colds or flus. I have been taking it off and on for years. Google it for more info.
    Suggested by @thebestSR
  9. I drink a shit-ton of organic orange juice, gargle with Listerine, try to eat a salad or two and take it easy on caffeinated drinks.
    Suggested by @amieshmamie
  10. Sleep a lot. 😴
    Suggested by @jannychan
  11. Cold-FX
    It's a Canadian thing and it works like a charm! Can be purchased at drug stores
    Suggested by @daisy
  12. Zicam does work, in my experience
    I'm a teacher and therefore exposed to alllll the germs. Zicam helps shorten the cold for me.
    Suggested by @aj_oppen
  13. Osha Root
    My mom swears by this. She has to special order it from our local co-op but anytime she feels something coming on, this knocks it right out. She gets it in a capsule form.
    Suggested by @evak
  14. My coworkers are not comforted by this lineup
  15. Garlic Lemonade
    Crush and dice at least 10 garlic cloves, cover in a quart sized glass container (I use good ol' mason jars) with boiling water, cover and let steep for an hour, strain out garlic, add the juice of 1 lemon and honey to taste. Weirdly yummy and vv effective. You could also steep fresh grated ginger with the garlic, if that's what you're into.
    Suggested by @avecsarah
  16. If you can't find Cold-FX by name, it's basically just a bunch of ginseng, so you could take that. There's a lot of data saying it isn't proven to do much of anything once you actually have a cold, but I find it gives me a significant energy boost that helps existing symptoms fade into the background for a while and keeps looming symptoms at bay.
    Suggested by @hkath