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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.
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.
re: Christina D
Tom yum goong will be on my table tonight! Along with a few stiff drinks. I don't think it is a cure, per se, but the spicy warmth always makes me feel better. The cold I've got now is quite a doozie, and I have a 24 hour trip coming up tomorrow. People like me are why people get sick on planes :/
I keep a jar of this stuff in my fridge all winter. Great for tea (pour hout water over a TBS or two) or just by the spoonful
Thinly slice lemon(s). If waxed scrub the outside first.
Thinly slice fresh ginger root
Put both in small jar and cover with raw, organic honey. Place in fridge and it basically turns into an almost jelly like consistancy.
My second is spicy wonton soup in garlic broth. Fiery hot!