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Cider Remedy for Cold and Flu with hidden Warm & Steamy ingredient

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See if you can find the hidden ingredient that I recommend in this  recipe for an apple cider remedy for colds! Kind of like Where’s Waldo, let’s call it “Where’s the Warm & Steamy?”

Probably the only important ingredient in the recipe that actually affects your cold virus.

But the other ingredients  are so strong that they may just overpower your suffering. Do they really kill off the virus?  It’s possible they may help some by just revving up your mucous production with their walloping strong flavors, and therefore help stimulate your immune system to flush out the virus.

Or perhaps they numb your throat sensations with their burn-off-your-taste-buds recipe (only things missing are Serrano hot peppers and turpentine!). Even if it doesn’t cure your cold you can use it in a zingy chow mein recipe, for sure!

reposted from Care2 internet site which has a mélange of socially concerned sites. This one in the “Healthy living category”

Peggy The Doctor’s Wife


<< by Annie B. Bond June 27, 2004

Here is a great natural formula—with a spicy, zesty, delicious flavor#—that offers relief from cold and flu symptoms, and is an effective natural antibiotic.

Several healing ingredients make this tasty formula one that you can drink at the first sign of a cold or flu to help open up your sinuses and bronchial passages. You can also gargle with it for relief from sore throats. We plan to print this out and keep it handy all fall and winter long; when the sniffles hit, this will help! Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS (Try to use organic if at all possible)

25 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dried or 3 tablespoons fresh Echinacea root, grated or chopped
1/3 cup fresh horseradish root, grated
1/4 cup fresh gingerroot, peeled and sliced
1 large white onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
Honey to sweeten, if desired
Raw apple cider vinegar, 1 quart or less

1. Place all dry ingredients in a 1-quart wide mouth jar. Fill to the top with vinegar. Cover the top of the jar with plastic wrap, then screw on the lid.

2. Refrigerate for six weeks so the flavor can develop and soften. Shake daily. There’s no need to strain and bottle it unless you want to. The flavor keeps getting better and bolder the longer the formula is allowed to steep.

3. At the first sign of a cold or flu, take 2 tablespoons of this formula with a warm water chaser. Rinse mouth out well after swallowing the cider. Repeat once or twice daily for the duration of the illness. You should feel your sinus and bronchial passages quickly open and your breathing become easier.

4. For a sore throat, gargle with the formula for 60 seconds, spit, then rinse out your mouth. You should feel immediate relief.

Makes about 1 quart.


Read more:
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/zesty-cider-cold-and-flu-formula.html#ixzz2O8t5ZSD7

Question: Can dogs catch a cold?

“Can dogs catch a cold?”

Answer: Yes! I wrote on this in November, and  here’s a good article from PetMD on dogs catching colds

The thing is, there are many other  reasons besides a common cold virus that a dog would have similar symptoms to a common cold, coughing (distemper or kennel cough) worms, fungal parasites, allergies and other infections.

Just as in humans the cold is one of many viruses that cause similar symptoms, coughing, runny nose, sneezing

But unlike in humans the cold viruses that your dog gets are NOT contagious to you, or “cross-species” or at least not that scientisits have discovered.

<<There are other highly contagious, cold-like illnesses to be familiar with, as well. The influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, and tuberculosis are all illnesses that can be transmitted by infected dogs.

Another potentially life-endangering viral illness is canine distemper. A dog exhibiting symptoms of distemper will usually have coughing, vomiting, high fever, and a thick discharge from the eyes and nose.>>

Another article about dogs getting colds, agrees with this information and adds tips on how to help your dog get better.

The first and second tip are…Warm & Steamy methods!…

<< Helping Your Dog Recover
1. Increasing Fluid Intake
If your dog has common cold, the simplest way to get rid of it is by feeding him/her lots of nutritious liquids. Chicken broth, for instance will work wonders for your dog too.Steam Therapy
2. Try to get your dog to inhale steaming water which will unclog the sinuses. Bring over a tub of hot water, and gently lead the dog to inhale the vapors. Be careful not to allow the dog to go too close to the steaming water.
Read more at Buzzle: >>
So there you go. Yes they can, no you won’t catch it from each other, and, if it is a mere common cold, the way to get better is the same as for us, Warm & Steamy methods
— Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

116. My own cold’s progress day 3

Vaseline petroleum jelly is a great balm for your nose and lips when you have a runny nose.

Vaseline petroleum jelly is a great balm for your nose and lips when you have a runny nose.

Continued from Day 2

 

 

I’m learning so much from becoming a quasi-hypocondriac, self absorbed in

studying every aspect of my current rhinovirus.

I came up with a couple of new tips too!

So, as you may notice, this is the 3d day of my apparent viral infection. Therefore my claim about getting better in 1-2 days is not working, is it? Well, I cannot guarantee the course of anybody’s health, there are wayyyyy too many factors to make a guarantee.

And in the case of cold viruses. Significantly, there are over 200 types of cold viruses and they each may behave differently, plus they are often mutating (which I do not yet understand).

So, it doesn’t mean I’m wrong, it can mean that this is a stronger strain of the virus, or I was overtired….or something…

But at any rate, I promise to be honest about the progress, whether it makes me look good or bad on this blog.

New Tip #1  A heating pad. I found our old one in the cupboard, turned it on high and slept with it on my chest and throat all night.  Felt really good!

our house is heated unevenly, so living room tends to get overheated and my bedroom is cooler. And I seem to be that way too, lately I’m spending a lot of time alternating between too cold, and putting on more layers of clothing, drinking more hot drinks, and then all of a sudden I break a sweat and have to throw it all off..

New Tip #2 Smear your nose and upper lip with vaseline petroleum jelly before it gets raw from blowing your nose.

The first day my virus was just a tickly sore cough in my chest, now yesterday it turned into a runny nose, and occasional coughs. And now I’m going through the kleenexes. With more runny nose after I drink more hot teas. This is flushing the virus out, though. so its good.

But Vaseline prevents that rawness around the nose, and is generally good for my dry skin too. (also helps with hair coloring treatments to prevent color stains on the skin.)