All morning I have been sneezing my brains out, blowing my nose like it's my job, and toting a box of tissues back and forth from my desk to the studio, and now it's got to stop.

I don't have time for the doctor, so I chose to look up some old home remedies. Here's what I found.

1. Your diet - what you eat - affects your health in a myriad of ways including how much mucus your body produces. Drinking milk, eating yeast products and saturated fats will make it worse - so avoid those.

2. Steaming - with a towel draped over your head put your head over a pot of boiling water with thyme, eucalyptus or peppermint oil. Be careful to avoid burning your face, don't get too close, but breathing in the steam will help remove the mucus causing the irritation.

3. Black Pepper - this is so simple it might be my favorite and today's winning solution for me. Add half a tablespoon of black pepper power to a glass of lukewarm water, mix and drink. Gargling the water can also help with colds, and black pepper added to soups and salad will also have a helpful effect.

4. Garlic - I happen to love the smell and flavor of garlic, so this is a must try as well. Take 4-5 cloves of garlic and mash them into a paste to inhale the strong fragrance. The natural anti-viral and antibiotic properties in the bulb help fight off respiratory infections. Adding them to your diet will help fight off colds.

5. Vitamin C - Growing up I took a Vitamin C supplement daily - Mom made sure of it. As an adult I've tried to eat better and get the Vitamin C from my food, but there are easy ways to get it from fruit and juices. Orange juice and lemonade will help, but the whole fruits, like strawberries, are more nutritious and helpful.

Mandee Montana, Townsquare Media
Mandee Montana, Townsquare Media



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