Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Home Recipes for Cold and Flu Symptoms

Raw Garlic: at the first sign of a cold eat a clove of minced garlic, can be incorporated into salads, teas or as a spread

Ginger Tea: good for congestion and when feeling chilly

  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 1 inch of freshly grated gingerroot. Let steep for 5 minutes. Strain and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and honey to taste.

Dr. Weil’s Tonic Soup

  • 8 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch sliced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 slice astragalus (found at health food stores, dried)
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, fresh or reconstituted
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets
  1. Bring vegetable stock to a boil
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet and add onion, garlic and ginger. Saute over low heat until soft.
  3. Add contents of skillet to broth along with carrots, astragalus root, and shiitake mushrooms
  4. Simmer, covered, 1 hour
  5. Add broccoli in last 5 minutes and remove astragalus before serving.
Serves 8

(Chicken soup for colds is not a myth and fish soup is revered as a cold-fighter in many cultures)

Sage Gargle for Sore Throats

  1. Steep 1 teaspoon of dried sage in 1 cup of water that has come to a boil for 15 minutes
  2. Strain and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  3. Let cool, gargle throughout day (may spit or swallow)

Honey: makes a great cough suppressant, more effective than dextromethorphan (note: should not be given to children under 1 year of age)

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