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Curative Foods

1209600_94235959I have a nasty cold at the moment. I could feel it coming on all last week but I had to babysit four of my sisters children for the weekend so I wouldn’t allow myself to be sick. Now I feel like rubbish and can’t even think straight.

Well, it turns out that all of the well known cures for a common cold happen to be some of my favourite foods so I plan on eating myself better although I don’t have much of an appetite.

Some of these superfoods with curative powers include:

Chicken Soup:

This old chestnut is a well known remedy for a bad cold or flu; the broth helps clear clogged airways while giving you much needed energy.


This magic bulb contains the active constituent allicin which acts as a decongestant and a strong antibiotic agent so add garlic liberally to your favourite foods.

Vitamin C:

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C but so are potatoes, green peppers, broccoli, strawberries and pineapple amongst others.

Spicy Food:

Cayenne pepper, ginger, chillis and spicy food in general aid in giving your immune system a boost while clearing congestion. The hotter the better I say.


Staying hydrated is essential so drink plenty of water and pure fruit juices but stay clear of coffee or fizzy drinks. Hot drinks work well; chamomile or peppermint tea are good herbal options or hot water with a slice of lemon. Ginger tea is also good for treating a cough or fever.

The Menu:

Well on the menu tonight is chicken soup followed by a Vegetable Thai red curry and citrus fruit cocktail washed down by plenty of ginger tea. A menu which I will promptly pass over to my husband to make… sniffle sniffle. If this doesn’t work I’ll drown myself in hot whiskies or do what the Russians do and grab a bottle of pepper vodka, draw a hot bath and sweat it out.

Do you have any cold or flu remedies or recipes?


  1. Feeling your pain Rercy. Sniffle. Like the curative menu.

  2. Juice of half a lemon, topped up with hot water to fill a mug, honey to taste, and some fresh grated ginger if you like. Delicious and an excellent anti-cold drink!

  3. Replace the ginger with whiskey. If you drink enough of it, you’ll have a hangover which will take your mind off the cold.

  4. Whiskey on a school night, I couldn’t! Although I am very very sick…okay I’m sold.

  5. Try the hebal teas, especially those with ginger and lemon and fruity ones with Vit C. It will keep you hydrated and will help boost the immune system. I find them great!

  6. you can actually shorten the symptoms of common cold by taking lots of vitamin-c~-`