The Natural Way: Kick your cold
What can be done naturally for a
cold with congestion when youíre
winter bound and unable to get to your
herbal store? Here are three different
old granny remedies you can make at
home that have much value.
First: finely dice or food process a large, strong yellow
onion and place in a small narrow bowl or teacup.
Sprinkle regular sugar on top and press down firmly. In
a few hours press a tablespoon open side up on top of
the mash collecting the juice. Use as a decongestant and
cough syrup. Some people add fresh garlic and/or fresh
Second: Honey, lemon and a shot of brandy or whiskey
(some add ginger). This like a natural Nyquil (R).
Remember in this remedy the alcohol is a medicine.
Third: Piping hot homemade chicken soup. Beyond
the love factor, it really does help. During the last winter
storm I asked people online what favorite or family
remedy do you make and use? The responses were really
interesting, useful and some funny. Piping hot Jewish
penicillin A.K.A. chicken soup was popular along with
other hunger-prompting foods. Two that I thought were
particularly delectable said homemade lentil soup with
lots of garlic and then blackened chicken with lots of
black and cayenne pepper. We have some spicy people
in Eureka, apparently.
Drinks mentioned were warming and soothing if not
downright top shelf. The one that was alcohol-free was
ginger tea made with real ginger root, lemon and local
honey. This is to be sipped piping hot. Several suggestions
included top-shelf liquor such as Makerís Mark
bourbon with honey (I guess if youíre sick you may as
well go topnotch). One of the funny comments was that
if you were out of brandy or bourbon just swap over to
tequila ... at a certain point you wonít care.
On a more sensual side, the hot bath with epsom salt
with a few drops of tea tree oil added sounded great. Of
course, you must add glycerine for the skin and then soak
your ailment away. I liked this suggestion and wondered
if one of the hot toddies sipped while soaking would be
too much ... no, too much isnít possible.
Finally, to improve breathing a touch of peppermint
oil under each nostril (BAM) and Momís cure of Vicks
(R) rounded out the family remedies. I just love our Eureka
family: what a great way to while away winterbound