11 Families' Weird & Clever Secrets to Shortening a Cold

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The kids are back in school, the air is getting crisp, and -- if your family is like my family -- it's time to start buying tissues and cold medicine in bulk. Yep, cold and flu season is here. 


Sure, there are tons of cold medicines on the market — and natural remedies that medical experts say can really work. But what about those things that people do to prevent or shorten a cold that they swear work every time?

I talked to some women who were happy to share their families' cold-fighting secrets. Many of these have been passed down from generation to generation and some of them -- well, some of them are crazy enough that they just might work. 

Remember, these cold remedies are not medically proven -- and you should always check with your doctor before trying anything potentially dangerous. But most of them are worth a shot. Just don't get mad at us if you eat a garden full of #11 and don't feel any better! 


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