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Updated on January 21, 2012
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It tastes nasty, but really helps!

It's winter for most people in the Northern Hemisphere. It is that time again when the cold and bad weather had really hit your health pretty hard. You realize you are developing a cold which, in cold weather, can get really bad. So what do you do? Do you rush to the store, get lozenges, cough drops or antihistamines to help your cold?

You can, but doesn't that cost money? Who feels well enough to run to the doctor or to the pharmacy to pick up all those things anyways? Don't you just want to stay home in bed? Also, the antihistamines sometimes can make you drowsy. I know for a fact that if I take one non-drowsy antihistamine, I can sleep for 10 hours! Who has time for that when we have to work or go to school or even do both? In our busy lives, and in this recession, we need a cheaper, more effective way to kill the cold (or at least, make ourselves feel better) fast.

Here is a home remedy which really does work. My mom used to make me drink it as a child. I used to fight not to have to have it. Why? This doesn't taste good, but then, most medicines don't. However, it really does work (for me anyways). I highly recommend you try it for your cold/flu symptoms.


1. Milk-any kind you drink

2. 1/2 tsp of each: black pepper, ginger, and turmeric

3. Sugar- to taste


Take a cup (8 oz) of milk. Either boil it in a cup in the microwave or in a pot on the stove. When it comes to a boil, add the spices and sugar. Mix well. If you want to, you can continue to heat or boil it for a couple more minutes to make sure everything mixes well with the milk. Then drink it. It should be very hot (temperature wise) when you drink it.

I know it tastes bad, but if you have a couple of these cups every day, you will definitely see results. Good luck and I hope you feel better!


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      rlaha 5 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thank you for stopping by Im The Nana! Hope it helps you feel better whenever you have a cold!

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      Im The Nana 5 years ago from North Carolina