Chicken Soup To Knock Out A Cold Or Flu
Chicken soup made with made with chicken bones and meat has been medically proven in number of studies to knock out a cold or the flu and speed up healing.
Chicken soup contains a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity including an anti-inflammatory mechanism that could ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
Here is my recipe with carefully selected ingredients all of them contributing to making this soup a good remedy for cold and flu.
Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 800gr of chicken (bones and meat)
- 2-3 onions (don’t peel)
- 4 garlic cloves
- 4 carrots
- 3 leeks
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 potato
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 medium parsnip
- 4cm long piece of ginger
- handful of parsley & cilantro (coriander) plus 4 additional garlic cloves
- salt, pepper or cayenne (as much as you can handle)
Obviously to obtain the maximum, you would need to go organic all the way.
- Wash veggies (onions, garlic, carrots, leeks, tomatoes, potatoes, parsnip, ginger) and then cut them coarsely into 1-2 cm cubes.
- Put the meat in large pot, and add veggies.
- Add enough pure water to just cover the meat and vegetables.
- Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer slowly for 2 hours.
- Strain (optional)
- When the soup has cooled a bit, add finely cut parsley, cilantro and garlic cloves. Remember to activate antiviral allicin in garlic by allowing chopped garlic to sit 15 minutes before adding it to the soup!
Home Remedy for Cold: Garlic Tea For Quick Relief
Garlic excels as an antibacterial and antiviral herb for cold, coughs and the flu.
For those who are not up to eating it raw, which tends to be absolutely the best way to consume it, an alternative comes in form of garlic tea which surprisingly has a pretty nice flavor.
Preparation does matter a lot, because when handled incorrectly, garlic does not release or loses allicin, the most beneficial compound.
- 5-6 cloves of garlic. When treating a child’s cold, use less garlic 2-3 as it may be too hot for them.
- 2 cups of filtered water
- Raw or pure honey
- Juice of lemon
- Peel the cloves.
- Mince or press the cloves into a paste. This is important, as by chopping garlic more finely, more allicin is produced. Pressing garlic or mincing it into a smooth paste will give you the strongest flavor and may also result in an increased amount of allicin.
- Let the garlic sit for 15 minutes. This is important, otherwise the allicin will not get a chance to get released.
- Bring the water to a boil. Lower the heat, and add the garlic paste. Lowering the heat to low or medium is important, otherwise allicin will be destroyed.
- Simmer for another 10-12 minutes. Important: simmering over 15 min. will weaken and damage allicin.
- Strain the garlic and allow the tea to cool to mouth temperature.
- Add raw honey and lemon juice. Alternatively you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- Drink it throughout the day.
Maslo i med
This home remedy has been traditionally used in my country of origin to treat tuberculosis, bronchitis, asthma and other types of respiratory diseases.
In my native language the remedy is called “Maslo i med” and made from bitter wormwood honey and homemade raw butter.
Bitter wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a species of Artemisia famous for its medicinal properties. A species native to Montenegro has specific narrow leaves and grows in wild in abundance.
Preparation and Dosage
Mix equal parts of bitter wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) honey and pure, raw, homemade butter from cow’s milk.
One teaspoon should be taken first thing in the morning on empty stomach.
It is made in smaller batches 250gr or less of each of the two ingredients and kept in the fridge.
In absence of Artemisia absinthium honey which can be found only in Montenegro, Manuka honey would be the closest match. Manuka honey is raw, untreated honey from New Zealand also famous for its medicinal properties.