Chicken Soup is a tried and true remedy for cold symptoms in most families. Compounds in chicken broth quiet the activity of neutrophils, immune cells that contribute to inflammatory symptoms such as body aches.
Depending on your symptoms there are little extras you can add to your chicken soup recipe to amp up results:
- To get rid of stuffiness – add garlic. Polysulfides in garlic break up sinus congestion, plus may have a germicidal effect. Mince a fresh clove of garlic and add to your broth before heating.
- If you have trouble sleeping – add rice. A few hours before bed a small serving of starchy carbs will help you drift off sooner and sleep more deeply.
- If you are feeling queezy – add ginger. Gingerol compounds in ginger have been soothing stomachs for ages. Mince a 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger and add it to your broth before heating.
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Herb butter is easy to make and great to use with many dishes: pasta, steamed vegetables, baked potato, corn-on-the-cob, fish, toast, etc. It keeps well in your freezer, and is great to keep on hand for jazzing up those last-minute meals, or add a gourmet touch on special occasions.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Combine all ingredients. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.
- 4 ounces cream cheese (fat-free works fine as well)
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon dill weed
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- Dash pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon zesty Italian salad dressing mix
- 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Try this zesty butter on a slice of homemade bread hot from the oven. There is nothing better! The fresh herbs make a little go a long way. You will use less but still get great flavor. It’s also amazing on baked potato.
- 1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
- 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne
Mix all ingredients until evenly combined.
Lay about a foot long section of plastic wrap or wax paper on a work surface. Put the herb butter on the bottom center, and form into a mound about 8 inches long. Fold the bottom edge over the butter and roll forward until completely wrapped, forming a tube of butter about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Twist the ends together. Refrigerate until firm or freeze for up to 1 month. Slice as needed.
Go ahead and experiment with herb combinations: Parsley, sage, or a combination of parsley, chives, basil, thyme and tarragon. Chives, chervil, salad burnet, tarragon, cress and capers make a tasty combination as well. Also delicious are: parsley and chives with small amounts of thyme, dill, basil, oregano or rosemary.
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With some honey and a fresh garlic bulb you can make Garlic Syrup to relieve bronchitis, sore throat, hoarseness, coughs and lung infections.
You need: 6-8 cloves of fresh garlic, 8 tablespoons of honey, a jar
Peel and chop the fresh garlic. Place the chopped garlic in a jar. Cover it with the honey. Let it stand for several days, and then strain.
The garlic-infused honey can be given by the teaspoonful (1 for children, 4 for adults) to boost the immune system and treat infections.
Tip: Reduce the smell of garlic on the breath by eating an apple, drinking a little fresh lemon juice, or eating fresh parsley.
Garlic is one of the best known and most used medicinal plants. It is not only useful for treating existing complaints; it is also a powerful preventative medicine. It has a strong odor but its properties make it well worth suffering the effects.
Properties: antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, cleanses blood, helps create and maintain healthy bacteria in the gut, helps bring down fever, tones the heart and circulatory system, boosts the immune system, may prevent some cancers, treats infections of the stomach and respiratory system, helps prevent heart disease and reduces risk of atherosclerosis, antioxidant, decongestant, stimulant, expectorant, carminative, disinfectant, rejuvenating on all tissues and systems, antispasmodic, lowers cholesterol levels, regulates blood sugar, lowers blood pressure, makes blood thinner and less sticky
- Fresh garlic eaten daily, can reduce chronic acidity of the stomach.
- Eat crushed garlic to boost sexual debility (crush and let rest 5-10 min to let enzymes start working).
- Garlic syrup can treat bronchitis, lung infections, and digestive disorders.
- Fresh garlic juice is antifungal, and can be used to treat infections like athlete’s foot.
- Garlic-infused oil can be used as a chest rub for respiratory and digestive problems, or in the ear to reduce inflammation.
- Chew whole roasted garlic cloves to improve circulation.
- Add several mashed, raw garlic cloves to salads to clean the intestinal tract (excellent combined with red onion).