7 unusual cold remedies

Can playing jazz boost immunity? Can cold, wet socks relieve congestion? Some swear by these methods. Next time you feel a cold coming on, ditch the over-the-counter meds and try these unusual remedies

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5. Chow down on a raw onion

Onions can help you fight a cold for two reasons. Firstly, they are naturally antimicrobial, especially when they haven’t been cooked. “They also contain a lot of sulfur, which is helpful for both immune responsiveness and detoxification,” explains Dr. Solomonian. Try using raw onions in a homemade cough syrup, or swap some of its antimicrobial benefits for taste by cooking it in a chicken or vegetable broth — another tried and tested home remedy.

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