Time to Learn: Stuffy Noses and Silly Remedies

Since I’m suffering from a cold, today’s focus for Time to Learn  is on silly remedies for stuffy noses.  (Bear with me. This is how I justify the inordinate amount of time I’ve spent searching for relief.)

By the way, I’m not recommending any of these methods nor am I saying that silly won’t work, but at one o’clock in the morning, I’m a bit punch happy.

Jumping Jacks  - Do 10 or more and your stuffy nose will go away. The bad part? It comes back in about 8 seconds.

Drink Fanta or Sunkist  - Go figure. I don’t know what an orange drink is supposed to do for you except maybe the carbonation tickles your nose.

Sniff black pepper or hot sauce - Doctors warn against this one because it damages the inside of your nose, but tons of folks do it if the discussion boards are to be believed.

Stick scallion onions up your nose  - but only after cutting the root part off. After about 2 minutes, your nose supposedly is clear. Frankly the idea of two onions sticking out of my nose made me laugh so hard that I forgot about my stuffy nose. So, I guess I can say this one works.

Vapor Rub on your tongue  - Even though it says very clearly on the bottle that the stuff is not supposed to be ingested, putting it on the tongue seems to be a popular remedy. It tastes awful too, but don’t ask me how I know.

So do you have your favorite stuffy nose remedy? I can only take so many steamy showers.



by Bridgette Booth

Bridgette Booth writes for children and young adults. Her short story, THE LITERATURE CLUB PROJECT, is available on Amazon. You can email Bridgette at bridgette [at] bridgettebooth [dot] com.

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