Mr. Chewy is such a kind and sharing guy -- he even shared a cold with me this weekend! It's been almost 20 months since I've been able to have any over-the-counter cold meds due to pregnancy or nursing I've been looking at home remedies that are ok while nursing. Obviously, you don't HAVE to be nursing to give any of these a try!
The two I've committed to trying for the next day or two:
Raw Garlic - One raw clove - 3-4 times a day. The cold-fighting compound in garlic is thought to be allicin, which has demonstrated antibacterial and antifungal properties. Allicin is what gives garlic its distinctive hot flavor. Obvious downside to a lot of raw garlic - the odor. I'm also wondering if these amounts of raw garlic will affect the smell or taste of my breastmilk.
Honey/Lemon "tea" - The "tea" is in quotes because use can use tea, or just hot water depending on your taste preference (or need for caffeine I suppose!). The honey soothes the sore throat, and the honey and lemon are also supposed to loosen mucus. I've also read about adding a bit of apple cider vinegar and/or cayenne pepper, so I gave that a try - opened up the sinuses right away and wasn't near as scary or nasty as I thought it would be.
I am more than open to any other ideas anyone is willing to share. I'll be sure to let you all know how these help as well!