- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Best Cold Relief Recipes for Adults and Children
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The best thing you can do for a cough or cold is to maximize liquid intake and get plenty of rest. Soothing teas and soups hydrate and comfort sick children and their grown-ups. The next you or your children suffer from a cough or cold, try these healthy homemade remedies.
Ginger keeps the body warm and stimulates perspiration. Fresh ginger can be found in most produce departments. Break off a piece of the size you need (yes, this is allowed!) It will cost you pennies. If you don't have fresh ginger, use 1 tsp powdered instead.
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 tsp sugar or honey
- 1 cup boiled water
Put ginger and sugar in a cup. Pour boiled water in the cup and mix well. Let cool before drinking.
Apple Cider Vinegar Tea
Very good for coughs with a lot of phlegm.
- 5 teaspoons honey
- 5 teaspoons of cider vinegar
- 1 cup boiled water, cooled
Mix honey and vinegar into water and mix well. Let cool before drinking. If you can stand the strong taste, you can omit the water. Mix honey and vinegar together and take a teaspoon at a time.
Lemon Honey Tea
The old stand by. It's shocking how many people overlook this simple, tried-and-true cold remedy.
- Juice of one lemon (approx. 2-3 tablespoons
- 1 - 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup boiled water
Mix lemon juice and honey into water. Let cool before drinking.Garlic Soup
This is actually more of a tea, or broth but soup sounds more appealing!
- 3 - 4 cloves garlic
- 1 cup water
Boil garlic in water for five minutes. Let cool before drinking.
Quick Homemade Chicken Soup
This recipe relies on canned broth. Make it super easy by using the meat from a rotisserie deli chicken. (The carcass of deli chickens makes wonderful homemade broth if you have the time!) In a pinch, bouillon or broth by itself soothes cold symptoms just as well. It just won't be a meal!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 5 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
- 1/2 pound chopped cooked chicken breast
- 1 1/2 cups egg noodles
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Cook onion and celery about 5 minutes, until tender. Pour in broth and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.