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Woke up with a terrible head cold.

Any favorite healing recipes would be great. I have a pretty well stocked pantry and freezer. I don't want to have to go to the store, so no really odd ingredients. Thanks!

asked by kimhw about 2 years ago
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added about 2 years ago

I just got over a bad cold, here's what got me through -
Green tea, honey, lemon, ginger and a pinch of cayenne.

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

For me, there is nothing more healing than stock (aka bone broth in my home). I always have it in my freezer. When I am feeling poorly, I like cooking the broth with carrots, celery, onions, garlic and ginger that have been caramelized in ghee. I blend all that up well. Then it goes back into the pot with sliced cabbage until the cabbage is to my liking. If those vegetables aren't in my house, I just do a version with what I have. Sometimes it's stock, ginger and onions with a little sherry vinegar to brighten it up.

Feel better.

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Nancy

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added about 2 years ago

Reading lots of Dickens one winter when I had lots of colds (Dickens and Proust - great for long winter reads), I noticed that all those London characters were inviting each other in for "hot gin." Sounds good, never had it. Looked it up in my handy-dandy James Beard drinks book. Voila! Mix in a heat-proof mug approx the following - juice of half a lemon, 1-2 teaspoons sugar, 1-2 tots gin, top with boiling water, mix and drink. Your cold is not gone, but you don't care anymore. And, oh yes, you'll sleep. Like adult-rated Neo Citran. Enjoy!

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added about 2 years ago

Reminds me of the go-to cold "eraser" in our house: a hot toddy (hot water, lemon juice, honey, and whiskey). My non-food recommendation is Vicks shower tablets, which do for head colds what regular Vicks does for chest colds.

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added about 2 years ago

Heidi Swanson has a wonderful Immunity soup recipe that I have used so many times, even when not ill. The first few times I made it I didn't include the white pepper or tofu as I didn't have either, and I have found that you can substitute or omit. The key ingredients seem to be the ginger, garlic and onions and having it really hot. Hope this helps.
http://www.101cookbooks...

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creamtea

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added about 2 years ago

1) chicken soup (chicken, carrots, celery, onion, leeks if you have them, salt, peppercorns in a teaball, simmer, skimming, at least an hour)
2) hot toddy
3) lemon honey tea
take your choice!

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added about 2 years ago

i grate ginger into marmalade like "tea" with honey and lemon at the beginning of each winter so that whenever i have a cold, i have a ready made remedy at hand. :)

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luvcookbooks

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added about 2 years ago

Do you freeze it? Sounds like a great idea.

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added about 2 years ago

This is genius!! Do you use lemon juice or the zest? Or both?

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

I want to know more about this as well.

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Yes, it's nice to not have to do anything when you're already feeling poorly. I just mix grated ginger, lemon juice and the honey together; you could use the zest too, I'm sure, if you like a really strong lemony taste. I use a glass jar and leave in the fridge. And, when you're feeling really congested, i have to second the use of a little whiskey or bourbon (which tastes great in the tea, btw. :)

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added about 2 years ago

Boil some water and add fresh lemon juice, a bit of ginger and honey. You'll feel better in no time.

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luvcookbooks

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added about 2 years ago

Chicken soup/honey, whiskey, and lemon juice in in equal amounts w/ hot water or tea, lots of fresh ginger chopped and steeped, then sipped slowly (it's strong). Tamar Adler had a tonic soup in the NYT magazine a few weeks ago. I have a tonic recipe that includes fresh turmeric , which is s

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luvcookbooks

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added about 2 years ago

Supposed to be anti inflammatory, but it may not be in your pantry.

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trampledbygeese

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added about 2 years ago

Old family remedy - Strong cuppa of black tea, spoon of honey, bit of lemon or lime, goodly splash of brandy. The brandy is actually my addition, after a doctor (No really, my GP family doctor said this) suggested I try brandy instead of cough syrup for a nasty cough. Apparently there is something in brandy that makes a great cough suppressant and calms a sour through, that is once you get over the initial shock of drinking brandy. Rotgut works best, the expensive stuff is too smooth.

Of course, if driving or anything important like entertaining the inlaws, best forgo the brandy until after, when you have a chance to relax.

By the way, love the soup ideas in this thread. Curious to see if whisky or gin works as well as brandy. Suddenly I feel a sore throat coming on.

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trampledbygeese

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added about 2 years ago

"sour through" should be "sore throat" - dyslexia and auto spell check conspire against me. Apologies.

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Nancy

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added about 2 years ago

brandy (whether rotgut or vsop) as good for a cough is new to me. Sounds worth trying when next I have a cold. No medicinal claims for the hot gin - just good stories and empirical results on the symptoms.

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Pegeen

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added about 2 years ago

These remedies bring back wonderful memories of my grandmother's never-fail hot toddy cure. She also used brandy, lots of fresh lemon, hot water and when we were little, a drop of honey.

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Sam1148

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added about 2 years ago

Try the 'two hats cure'.
Make some tea (as mentioned) with ginger, honey, lemon.
Put a Hat on the door knob of your bed room.
Fire up an audiobook on the bed side player and have a sip of tea.
Follow that with a shot of Bourbon.
Look at a Hat.
Have another sip of tea...and a sip of bourbon.
Repeat until you see two hats.

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

Lol. That's hilarious and I can't wait to try it.

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The Hungarians have a similar technique, using mulled wine. Put the hot wine in a thermos to keep it warm on your nightstand. Slip into bed. After the two hats appear, tuck yourself in and go to sleep. When you wake, you'll be cured.

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added about 2 years ago

Thanks everyone. I had some really good chicken stock in the freezer. I defrosted and added ginger, cayenne, tofu chicken and onions. That alternated with tea, honey, lemon and ginger. And a very strong bourbon, lemon honey in the evening, I slept well and repeated today. I feel great!

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trampledbygeese

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added about 2 years ago

Good to know you're feeling better.
I actually did get a sore throat and fever today. Very grateful for this thread, excellent timing.

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

I totally want to spend 2 days like that with some Lifetime movies thrown in for good measure.

Glad you're feeling better.

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Pegeen

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added about 2 years ago

That's the ticket! Diversity is magic. I agree with Susan W that you need a couple fabulous movies thrown in. :-)

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added about 2 years ago

I guess the lesson here is always have good stock, honey, lemon and ginger and bourbon or brandy in hand. The extras are just that, extras!