We all hate getting a cold, especially during the summer months. That annoying cough that just won’t go away is uncomfortable and also embarrassing to others around you. People look at you like you have some kind of disease – afraid it may be H1N1 or something.

The simplest way to prevent getting a cold is by washing your hands with soap and warm water whenever possible. Wash your hands after using the washroom, before having lunch, after using your computer, after riding the bus, etc. Using hand disinfectant sanitizers instead of washing your hands regularly is not a recommended practice. Hand sanitizers should be use as an added form of protection, not a substitute. Another important point to remember is to avoid making contacts to your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands throughout the day, as bacteria and germs may be transferred. Get plenty of sleep; eat a well balanced diet and drink plenty of water will help reduce your chances of getting a cold.

But what can you do if you feel a cold coming on or your throat getting sore or worse, having an irritating cough?

Here’s a well documented, natural remedy that may help someone overcome that annoying summer cough or sore throat. (WARNING: as with any natural or home remedy, it is highly recommended that you consult with your Physician prior to trying).

  • Buy some Kembang Semangkuk or as the Chinese called them, “Tai Hoy” dried olives, available at most East Indian grocery stores, Chinese pharmacies or some Asian grocery stores.

    Kembang Semangkuk

  • Boil some hot water as this is needed to soak the dried Kembang Semangkuk. DO NOT place the Kembang Semangkuk with the boiling water.
  • Place 4 Kembang Semangkuk into a regular soup bowl and add in approximately 1/3 bowl full of boiling water. Cover with a plate and let it soak for 10-15 minutes. (During this time, the Kembang Semangkuk will expand and soften.)

    Kembang Semangkuk

  • Use a spoon to separate the skin and seeds.
  • What’s left is a jello-like substance. Add sugar to taste and serve. Drink any liquid as it contains all the concentrated vitamins.

    Kembang Semangkuk

  • Take once a day for 2 days. Results may vary. If no results and symptoms become worse, consult a physician immediately.

Should you worry about summer colds?

Should you worry about summer coughs?

Should you worry about getting a cold?

You decide!

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