The Natural Way

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

The summer cold is a miserable thing. Partly this is due to the unexpected onset (colds and flu are WINTER illnesses, after all) and partly because the condition outside is hot and humid while indoors it is air-conditioned and dry. Shuttling between these two variations is hard enough when you don't have a stuffy nose, clogged ears and a rumbling cough.

Fortunately, Grandma Fain (she was from Atoka) had a healing soup and I have some good supplements.

Grandma Fain would make a soup of chicken broth and add only vegetables and spices. The soup would be filling but not heavy. The spices were meant to make the soup tasty but also to "heat" up your system. Think about a "cold" with the antidote being "hot." The soup recipe was simple: per person, 8-10 oz. of chicken broth; 3 or 4 mushrooms, sliced; 4 to 6 chopped green onions; 1 chopped leak; 4 to 6 cloves of garlic; 1 cup of chopped cilantro; as much ginger as you can handle; as much cayenne as you can handle; black pepper to taste; and 1/2 cup of diced chicken

Simmer at low until all ingredients are soft. Eat and enjoy.

This really does wonders for you when you have a summer cold. The heat stimulates and then cools you down, congestion is relieved and you nourish well. You can add ingredients or substitute but remember to keep it stimulating and light.

I like using elderflower herb and immune stimulants (echinacea, Moducare or Beta-Glucans). Adding Grapefruit Seed Extract for an oral rinse, gargle and swallow is a good thing, as is the nasal spray for killing off the virus. If the cold settles into the chest, herbs such as feverfew and dong quai are useful. I'm more comfortable in warmth and humidity when I get a summer cold, seems to make me feel better. And Grandma Fain would advise to take good care to wash your hands.

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