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Arresting the Affects of a Cold

Updated on November 14, 2011

Arresting the Affects of a Cold

When season’s change we tend to get careless with wearing jackets, leaving us open to the attack of the dreaded cold virus. Our bodies tell us when a cold is creeping in, with aches, pains and a fever, but it’s our duty to take heed and do our level best to beat back the invisible germ.

Ideally, it would be great if people recognized that the scratch or tickle in their throats, or the slight tingle in their nostrils is probably the cold virus festering and feeding on them. Many overlook it or fail to notice the signs and continue to go about their lives spreading the germs on everything, and everyone they meet.

Moms have become wise in the ways of the cold; she has learned to counter his moves. All it takes is one incident where all the kids are sick, the hubby’s barking and the dog is listless for her to learn to stick and move. She then becomes the experienced cold fighter.

The Experienced Cold Fighter is just that, a fighter - a warrior from the first tickle in the throat. He becomes proactive even before that first “Help Me Mommy” call is made. Right away, the virus gets a one, two punch with 500mg of vitamin C and a dose of Tylenol every 4 hours to keep the body aches to a minimum.

Fluids, fluids, fluids in the way of hot herbal teas and of course, water. Peppermint tea is wonderful, not only does it taste good, but also it tends to open the nostrils.

A TV doctor once advised against drinking orange juice with a cold because, even though it has vitamin C in it, the juice is a very abrasive for a sore or dry throat. Vitamin C in pill form should be enough. It’s all about what you can tolerate I guess, so it’s your choice.

The cold virus tends to die out in warmth; it reviles heat - so keep warm. The part of the body that people, especially men, neglect protecting is the neck. Scarves are so great, too. You can wrap them and tie them in so many great ways, not to mention they’re very trendy. I always feel warmest when my neck is warm.

I live in Northern California and it can get a bit brisk outdoors. Realistically speaking, Californians are not known for their winter wear, we’re not in Minnesota, but on an exceptionally cold day (under 50 degree’s) I add a warm pair of gloves. Gloves are great buffers against the spread of the cold virus.

I think everyone will agree that there’s something special in a cup of chicken soup. Whatever the medicinal qualities are, each heavenly spoonful feels like a hug from God’s little angel nurses. The soup warms your insides, and miraculously, you feel so much better.

I have to believe it has a great deal to do with the chicken itself, how can the results be the same from completely different soup recipes? The soup can vary depending on the part of the country, or the world the recipe originates, the vegetables included, and the spices used – the only constant common denominator has been the chicken.

My grandmother was East Indian, she taught me a lot about cooking and spices, and a lot in the way of home remedies because when she was younger doctors were not always available in her country. One of the cold remedies she taught me, that I adapted by using grapefruit, was a citrus grog that you drink while it’s very, very hot.

The recipe is delicious and simple, and works every time. Peel one large grapefruit. Chop into quarters, and put into a saucepan with 2 cups of water, a dash of powdered ginger (the root is too strong), and a dash of allspice. Boil and stir on medium heat until the grapefruit falls apart. While boiling, add sugar or honey to taste. It’s important to cook the sweetener with the grapefruit so the flavor is consistent.

Recipe makes two mugs and takes about 15 minutes to make. Add rum to each mug depending on your taste, but it’s going to knock you out. Drink the grog in bed because it makes you sweat the colds toxins right out, and get a good nights rest. By morning, you’ll be singing into your hairbrush.

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