Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Little Foodies Natural Cold Remedy

Nothing for over a week then twice within one day... Youngest has a horrible cold thing with temperature. If I could only get him to drink my tried and tested cold remedy I know he'd get better more quickly. I've been meaning to post this for a while. I've left it as comments for people and I swear by it.

You'll need:-
One large mug
About an inch of fresh ginger (more if you can take it)
A big dollop of honey (as much as you need or want)
Juice of one lemon
Boiling hot water

Peel the ginger, then grate into mug. A microplane works a treat but you could just chop it finely if you don't have a grater.
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the mug. A reamer works well, as does a fork to squeeze against the flesh to get maximum amount of juice.
Add a big dollop of honey. Sometimes I like lots, other times a little.
Add boiling water.
Stir and let it brew for a few minutes.

Drink and feel it kicking those sinuses into gear!

25 comments:

slush said...

I wish I had fresh ginger in the house. I certainly would give it a go. Id try anything to feel better NOW. Antibiotics usually take 24-48 hours to do their magic.

Thanks for the tip Amanda! xo

Jules said...

I think I'm coming down with a cold and will certainly try this.

Marie said...

Ginger and Lemon. You just can't beat it. I'm going to be posting a recipe for my special ginger and lemon syrup in just a few days. It's great for colds! HOpe you all feel better soon!

Meeta said...

This is an awesome remedy and the funny thing is Soeren does like to drink this. I hope your little one gets better soon. Maybe you can add a bit more honey so that it's a tiny bit sweeter - he might drink it then!

Joanna said...

Hope you're all feeling better. The other version of this is to substitute the ginger with a slug of whisky ... obviously, not for the children, but a wonderful last-thing-at-night drink when you've got a cold

Joanna

Asha said...

Ginger and Honey is a combo to combat general illnesses! Old Indian concoction!:)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Laurie, I wish you a speedy recovery. Just keeping my fingers crossed that Hubs and I don't come down with it.

Hi Jules, Hope you don't come down with it but honestly, try it, it's tasty and it does work. That along with some echinacea.

Hi Marie, I'll look out for that.

Hi Meeta, I've tried the extra honey. He's just not interested in it. He'll eat those flavours if they're in a savoury dish though.

Hi Joanna, Yep, my dad swears by that too. Unfortunately I can't bear the smell of whisky.

Hi Asha, That doesn't surprise me. It is really good and you can almost feel it working!

Thank you for your comments.
Amanda x

Deborah said...

I am on the very last of a cold - I will remember this for if it hits me again this year!

Aimée said...

Thanks for the reminder! Poor Noah has been sneezing and hacking all day. He loved hot honey and lemon, so I must use up that wrinkled old lemon I have kicking around. I'll try a teeny bit of ginger, but he probably won't like it. Sigh. Hope your boys are better soon.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

I've always used hot lemon water...but never with ginger and honey. That's worth noting for the next cold. Hope you all are well soon!

katiez said...

Anything for the sinuses when I have a cold...
I wonder if a good dollop of brandy or rum would help (for the adults) - It's the ' it may not make you better but you feel better' theory!

Megan said...

Bookmarked for my next cold. Thank you.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

oooo, that sounds good! I might make one just for the hell of it. You could patent it and retire in glory? Hope your weeny one is getting better. Read your last post too...felt for you fretting about waste and all the blackberries being ruined.
Pigx

Kelly-Jane said...

I'm going to remember this one too, it actually sounds good just as a drink!

Nora B. said...

Thanks for that, Amanda. I wish I always have fresh, young ginger at home.

My man makes me his "special" cold remedy but it has some whiskey in it. Apparently, he got the recipe when he lived in Ireland.

Hope little is feeling much better now.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Deborah, the more ginger the better it seems to work and if you're throat is tickly then more honey too.

Hi Aimee, it's the ginger mine don't seem to like in it which is weird as they like ginger in savoury things and biscuits, etc.. Hope Noah's okay!

Hi CC, all fine this end. If you haven't tried it then it's always worth a go.

Hi Katie, yes I'm sure brandy or rum would be great. Yummy even!

Hi Megan, good idea.

Hi Pig, retired - I thought I'd already done that. Isn't that what being a stay at home mother is? ****! I knew I should have been doing more!

Hi Kelly-Jane, it is good just as a drink.

Hi Nora, he's much better thank you. My family do the whisky lemon and honey thing. I just can't bear whisky, the smell and taste makes me retch! I definitely think ginger is such a good thing to have regularly, even when you're not ill.

Thank you all for your comments
Amanda x

tash said...

It's fantastic stuff honey and lemon combined, we've been doing it (without the ginger, but for no other reason than my mother probably didn't have any in the house..) for so long, it's the thing I always made for anyone who's unwell in the house. I hope your little one is feeling much better - colds are horrid.

joey said...

This is the best! Over here we have a really strong ginger infusion called salabat...it's like liquid fire but it never fails to cure me! :)

Margaret said...

I make this minus the ginger. Will have to try this. Ginger wine is good (not sure about giving it to the Little Foodies though!).

Pig in the Kitchen said...

I AM HEALED! I started a cold yesterday, spent all evening sneezing. I had two big cups of this yesterday...and this morning I was almost better! two more cups and i'm feeling dapper.
and it's so yummy i may drink it just for the hell of it.
Thank-you!
Pigx

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Tash, the addition of ginger really gives it a kick and seems to really work on the sinuses.

Hi Joey, liquid fire sounds good!

Hi Margaret, if you like ginger wine then I'm sure you'll love this.

Hi Pig, so glad you're feeling better. I have been hit with the cold big time today and we don't have any of the magic addition of ginger in the house! I am an idiot of mammoth proportions! Look after yourself and keep feeling well.

Thank you for your comments
Amanda x

Peabody said...

This is similar to my family's remedy too. It always helps me.

Paula said...

This may sound slightly crazy, but try a hot bath with ginger in it instead. Not as good as drinking it, but makes you feel warmer and the warm sensation last longer. Also my mother used to make us put our feet in a bowl of hot water with mustard powder in it, but I'm not sure small children would be keen on mustard, and I'm not sure about full on bathing in it. Who knows if its all placebo effect, but it makes me feel better.

Paula said...

This may sound slightly crazy, but try a hot bath with ginger in it instead. Not as good as drinking it, but makes you feel warmer and the warm sensation last longer. Also my mother used to make us put our feet in a bowl of hot water with mustard powder in it, but I'm not sure small children would be keen on mustard, and I'm not sure about full on bathing in it. Who knows if its all placebo effect, but it makes me feel better.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Peabody, I like to try all the different versions.

Hi Paula, I love really hot baths. Mustard in a foot bath. Never heard of that before but I've heard stranger things.

Thank you for your comments
Amanda x

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