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Dec 14, 2012 11:56 AM

Cold remedy

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years ago, Prevention magazine ran a recipe for a garlic and chile broth that was formulated to help beat back a cold.

It wasn't tasty, but it was soothing, and I'm pretty sure killed everything it touched.

I couldn't find the Prevention version, but found this, which is pretty similar:

I figure it makes your breath so bad nobody wants to be around you, so you're not breathing contaminated air!

I remember my nose running like a faucet after sipping a mug of this stuff.

Hope you're feeling better.

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  1. 15 cloves of garlic?! Yep, that'll keep anyone away! If I'm feeling up to it, I may have to whip up a batch. Thanks sunshine!

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    1. re: 3Bros

      I used to make small batches with canned chicken stock and 2-3 cloves of garlic in a big mug.

      That stuff HAS to be the edible version of Lysol.

      1. re: 3Bros

        I think the idea is disease control -- to prevent others people getting cold/flu from you.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          either way -- nobody will want to be near you when you drink it.

      2. My cold remedy is either chicken soup: rice/noodle (yes, so boring), or ginger sugar soup.

        1. Why not just add garlic and some form of chiles to chicken soup? Just think of all the ethnicities that are included in that concoction!

          1. I don't know about the garlic, but my great grandmother swore by blackberry brandy whenever she had a cold. I don't know if it helped the cold or just made it so she didn't notice so much, but it always helped her to get through one.

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            1. re: al b. darned

              if we had really obnoxious coughs when we were kids, we got a teaspoon of blackberry brandy as a cough syrup. And it did work!

              To this day, though, I can't drink blackberry brandy, as to me, it's cough syrup.

              1. re: al b. darned

                Sounds like the French hat cure: put a hat at the foot of the bed and take a bottle of brandy to bed with you. When you see two hats at the foot of the bed, stop drinking brandy and go to sleep.

                1. re: webgeekstress

                  No -- the blackberry brandy is given only by the spoonful. Only one hat.

              2. I had a really bad cold a while back and spent a bit of time reading about cold remedies. I concluded that they often included the same things and I think anyone could make a healthful soup based on the following

                garlic - fresh, 1 or 2 cloves
                ginger - few slices fresh
                tomato juice or V8 - provides vitamin C
                cayenne pepper or tobasco, or both - more vitamin c

                The reason you have it hot is to soothe the throat and ease coughing.

                Making a soup with some homemade chicken broth, which is always good, some shredded chicken, some fresh herbs (herbs are loaded with vitamins, eg parsley is full of vitamin C) and the rest of the ingredients should make you feel better really quickly.

                I have made the soup just with tomato, garlic, ginger and lemon and it worked pretty well. Good to have before bed.

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                1. re: kookiegoddess

                  Oh hell, that V8 soup idea just sounds nice for lunch later today and I don't have a hint of a cold. Will use for prophylaxis!

                  1. re: DuchessNukem

                    I use V8 as a base for lots of soups that would otherwise use a tomato-juice base. Adds an enormous amount of great flavor.