Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cold Remedies

Ode To A Cold

Oh Spring where is thy sunny spell
Come visit me and make me well
In thy warmth please let me dwell
In doing so these cold symptoms quell.

(You can read the rest of this ode if you click here)

Yes, roll on Spring.  We have had quite a drop compared to the weekend's temperatures.  It's bitterly cold outside and last night I started showing signs of coming down with a sore throat and sniffles.  I went to the store and got some lozenges containing zinc but I also have some lemons in the fridge and will be making my favorite comfort drink when colds come calling; lemon juice mixed in hot water, about a teaspoon of grated ginger and honey to taste.  

I've also read online a few remedies and if you go here you can read them.   Snorting warm milk with cinnamon up my nose, well I'm giving that one a thumbs down.  I just can't see myself doing that, but the following sound pretty good and I copied it from the article verbatim.

Ginger Tea: honored to be an excellent home cure for running nose, tea prepared with ginger juliennes cooked in water along with an addition of brown sugar and optionally green onions, is an instant remedy.  Though it is a way of Chinese tea preparation and originated as a remedy also in China, yet it has a wide acceptance all over the world and is considered highly plausible.

Ginger Juliennes: chewing raw ginger that is very finely sliced around thrice a day is a proven remedy for quick relief from running nose.

Also, for vegetarians by nature, cloves of garlic boiled in water can be consumed as a soup for instant cure and better respiration.