Less traditional cold remedies are also favored with one in seven who swear by the fortifying power of garlic, while 22 percent increase their vitamin C by eating more oranges. Almost one in four has boiled a bowl of chicken soup when a cold is threatening, and 42 percent have gargle with salt water to help their throat pain symptoms pass more quickly. The more unconventional health tips transmitted by loved ones include drinking water from a pot of boiled onions to help eliminate a chest infection and drinking orange peel tea to cure a cold in less than 24 hours.
The study, conducted by Olbas, also revealed that more than two-thirds have flaunted the conventional wisdom of health to try a home remedy to treat a medical condition.
And one in five has a recipe in his back pocket, transmitted through his family, which they believe will help rejuvenate them when they feel sick.
Dr. Roger Henderson, a family doctor and expert in Olbas, said: "Autumn is here and for millions of Britons, the cold season has officially arrived.
"Fortunately, we have many tools at our disposal to treat the symptoms of the common cold, whether over-the-counter solutions or more holistic solutions transmitted from one family member to another, or popularized in our culture obsessed with health."
The study also found that 62 percent of Britons believe that most "old tales" are, at least in part, scientific truths.
And when the British feel bad, their first point of contact to diagnose their symptoms is a quick registration with their mother for their advice, followed by a web search.
Although when seeking advice on colds and other minor health problems, the pharmacist is the opinion that the British trust more than their own doctor.
As the cold season approaches, 48 percent of Britons admit that they stand firm when they feel peak, waiting for the symptoms to pass on their own.
More than seven out of 10 would prefer to try to cure their cold with a home remedy than to visit the doctor for help.
And almost one in five will implement a home remedy to help with the cold, while 27 percent will go to the pharmacist or their GP for a cure for the medically proven common cold.
The British are also interested in transmitting their own home remedies and treatments, and one in two confesses to impart part of their own health wisdom to friends and family.
Three of every five of the respondents also emerged, through OnePoll, he thinks he can catch a cold from wet hair, and more than half believe that body heat is lost more frequently through the head.
Sam George, for Olbas, added: "When a cold hits, we want to give the British the power to breathe calmly again.
"For four generations, whether it rains or rains, congestes the heads and clogs the airways, Olbas has been there to give its clients the ability to breathe clearly and recover from their illness."
The 10 best home remedies transmitted from generation to generation by a cold
1. Smells menthol to clean a blocked nose
2. Feed a cold and kill hunger
3. Place the head on a bowl of steaming water to relieve congestion.
4. Gargle with salt water for a sore throat
5. Take vitamin C to cure a cold
6. Chicken soup can cure a cold
7. Drink a hot toddy before going to bed to get rid of a cold
8. Honey and lemon to soothe a sore throat.
9. Avoid dairy products to minimize congestion.
10. Place unpeeled onions in each room to absorb viruses