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Are home remedies the best remedies for the common cold?


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The days are getting shorter. the leaves are changing. The wind is picking up.

It's coming.

"I think it comes with the territory living almost anywhere," said Kevin Jennings

We're not talking about the snow or the crows. Cold and flu season is on its way in. And, as we all know, sometimes a simple cold can take out the best of us.

And while over the counter medicine, sleep, a lot of tea and water all work to help us get through a cold, it seems everyone claims to have a trick that works faster.

"If you believe strong enough it helps," said local resident Paul De Shaw

Some cold remedies sound downright delicious.

"I think the best cold remedy is a little bit of natural honey and cinnamon," said Cresta Valentine

Others, not so much.

"Put a half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it," said Bernie Humphrey

Some just make you say "what?"

"The best thing I have tried over many years is to gargle Listerine backwards" said De Shaw. "I take approximately a fourth of a cup, lean over the sink, and as I open my mouth, slowly inhale. ...I find that if I do that it drives away all the evil spirits."

The natural remedy experts at the People's Food Co-op had more of the expected answers.

"If people can be eating an apple a day, that's one of those old tales that will go a long way toward making somebody feel better." said Lizzy Haywood, the store manager at the Rochester People's Food Co-op.

Haywood also recommend little day to day things like raw honey, oregano oil or a few extra vitamins.

"Vitamin C or D3 can help boost the immune system," she said. And if all else fails, you can turn the common wisdom on its head

"Inversions really help drain the lymph systems," Jennings said. "So if all through the summer you're building up your headstands or your downward dog."

Or you can just get a different kind of hydrated.

"One jigger of brandy per hour over the course of the day. And do not drive.," said Marc Sather.

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