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Ginger Tea or Cinnamon Milk for Cold with Sore Throat

Posted Feb 13 2009 4:56pm

My husband has had a very bad cold for the past few days. I’ve tried to stay away from him as much as possible, but I seem to have gotten a bit of his bug.  Of course, a lot of my students have also been hacking and coughing and sneezing, so in all fairness, I may have gotten this from them.  In any case, I don’t intend to be as sick as my husband has been because I am saying positive affirmations, and I’ve also been exploring some “cures” to help this cold be mild and not last too long.

Just recently, Rita told me that she took 1000 mg. of vitamin C every four hours, and the worst of her cold was over in one day!  I always take 1000 mg. of vitatmin C every morning, but I’ve upped the dosage for a day.  Some people say vitamin C doesn’t help a cold at all, and unless you are already deficient in vitamin C, you won’t get any benefit from vitamin C at all.  We shall see.  I trust Rita on this!

Also, a student of mine a couple of years ago swore by this recipe to ward off a cold if you catch it in the very beginning:

Grate 1 inch of fresh ginger into a cup, cover it with hot water and microwave for a minute.  Let it steep for about 10 minutes and then sweeten it with honey and a little lemon juice to taste.  Drink all of it.

I also heard that using powdered ginger will work.  Use about 1/3 tsp. to 1/2 tsp in a cup of water.  Microwave the cup of ginger water for about 90 seconds or until very hot.  Let it steep a little and then sweeten with sugar or honey and lemon if you like it.  Again, drink all of it.

I read that this hot milk recipe will help relieve a cold and especially will help with a sore throat.  Mix  1/8 tsp. baking soda, 1 Tbsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon in a cup.  Pour 8 oz. of milk over the cinnamon mix and microwave for a minute if milk is room temperature and 90 seconds if right out of the refrigerator.  Drink all of it.  You can also drink it cold if you omit the baking soda.  This is supposed to be really good for a sore throat from a common cold.

I plan to try all of these remedies, and I’ll let you know how it all goes.

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