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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.
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!
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.