A Cure for The Common Cold

November 24, 2009

My blog is moving to WordPress late tomorrow night. It will go down in the evening, and I believe that it will be down for 24-48 hours. I have loved my time at Blogger, but I am really excited to move to this new space. The web address will stay the same.

If there is one thing that is certain this time of year, it is that colds and the flu are starting to creep into our daily lives. I really dislike being sick. I know that sounds silly, but I just can’t stand it. Although the idea of a nice few days in bed always sounds good, I inevitably end up feeling like that old Robitussin commercial where the mom gets sick, and the dad and children (while trying to be helpful), end up destroying the house. Two days in bed sick ends up being 7 days of clean-up and laundry, so really, there is no benefit from any angle that you look at it.

I recently found a wonderful post on how to combat getting a cold or the flu, but really, the search has been on in my household to understand how to naturally combat symptoms once someone gets sick. Having children with Celiac, I am constantly having to ask myself what the true ingredients are in any kind pf product. Can my kiddos use a cough drop for a sore throat? Is there dye in this medicine, or a potential gluten binder in that one? I have used homeopathic remedies for most of my babes life, but even those are starting to be questioned as I see my oldest son have some strange reactions while taking them.


So I have moved on to trying to create homemade herbal remedies that I know exactly what the ingredients are, and which ones might be best for my loved ones. Yesterday I discovered a wonderful recipe for making herbal cough drops. I have to tell you that nothing that I have done lately has been easier, or has yielded such a great result. I was lucky enough to have all of the herbs required to make the drops (I used apple mint, peppermint, thyme, sage and rosemary), as well as a new jar of honey.


I steeped my herbs in a very large Ball mason jar for a few hours, and then got everything cooked up, and set in the pan. When I say this was easy, I really do mean in. Nothing boiled over for me, the drops reached 300 degrees within 25 minutes, and it set perfectly in the pan. By the time that I went to sleep last night, everything was safely packed into the freezer, ready for friends and family who need it.

Lisa’s blog is really amazing, and I would encourage everyone to take a look around, and see all of the herbal recipes that she has shared. I have just ordered elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs to make Lisa’s Elderberry syrup, which I am excited to try in the coming weeks.


Of course, the most sure fire way to cure a cold is with the old fashion trick of Chicken Soup. Good for the soul, the sinuses and the belly, nothing beats out a bowl of this amazing warmth. I discovered a new version that will now be a staple in my household, and I say discovered because I accidentally used a different type of rice in my regular chicken soup recipe. I make my soup either in the crock pot (if I am facing a very busy day), or on the stove, but both are made the exact same way. In the last 45 minutes of cooking, I always add in two cups of rice, but when I made the soup on Saturday, I grabbed the bag of Arborio rice, rather than just normal long grain. The result was the creamiest, thickest chicken stew/soup, and it was one of those stick to the ribs, leaves you feeling all warm and cuddly inside recipes.


I had a huge amount of soup made for the coming week, and yesterday I decided that it was finally time to try and make some gluten free drop biscuits to go with the leftovers. I have missed biscuits since beginning a GF diet, and it is something that I really thought would be out of the question to bake. Recently I was scanning the back of the Pamela’s GF all-purpose flour mix, and they had a recipe for drop biscuits in the upper right hand corner. The recipe looked really simple, and I decided to give it a try. I had a craving for herb biscuits, so I added some dill into the dry ingredients, and some salt as well (I have no idea why the recipe doesn’t call for it). The result was so good, and exactly like the regular biscuits that I grew up with.

You all know how much food plays a role in our daily lives, and I am not kidding when I say that these are flaky, crisp, and perfect biscuits. I am sure that you can come up with your own all purpose flour blend to create these as well, but I love the idea of using Pamela’s for ease. I topped the biscuits with my thyme butter, put them on top of the chicken stew, poured myself a glass of Fume Blanc, and called it a perfect way to end the day.

While there is no way to cure a cold, there certainly are a lot of ways to ease the symptoms.

Herbed Chicken Stew

2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
celery
carrots
onions
1 tbsp. thyme
1 tbsp of rosemary
1 tbsp of oregano
broth or water

Roughly chop celery, onions and carrots and saute them in olive oil until the onions are translucent. Add chicken breasts, sauteed vegetables, and herbs to either a crock pot or soup pot. Cover with broth, and cook on low for 8 hours, or simmer until chicken is cooked through and tender. 45 minutes prior to the soup being finished, add in 2 cups of Arborio rice. Watch the rice carefully, stir the soup often. As soon as the the rice is ready, take off of stove and serve with warm herbed biscuits.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica November 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Thank you for the recepies and link! I am going to do some searching and making pronto yummm..have a lovely holiday, keep cozy.

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Valarie November 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm

What a great post and Lisa's blog is incredible. I can hardly wait to pitter patter around there. Another herb that works really well as a cough soother is licorice tea. I use the real licorice and it helps to sooth those hacky coughs. I'm going to try both the soup and the cough drops. Thanks so much for sharing these. Have a great day.

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kyndale November 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm

oh, my little babe has a fever! I am so tired Heather..We are taking chinese herbs to keep sickness away. Everyone but my little babe of course. I think Lisa is amazing too. I think I should order some elderberries from Mountain Rose and try this. Soup is always my go to as well. Love the chicken soup. xo Kyndale

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Brooke November 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm

You are truly amazing! That soup looks so good right now… we were going to have spaghetti tonight, but… hmmm. Well, thanks for the recipe and the suggestions for natural remedies.

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Julia November 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Mmmmm yummy. That looks so good. I'm sure to have a fridge full of left over turkey this week and I think i might have to try this recipe out with turkey!

I'm glad that your cough drops were a success, but I hope that you all make it though the week unscathed.

PS. I totally hear you on the trashed house end of Mama sickness. It is NEVER ever good. EVER.

I'm so excited to see your new space.

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Its_Lily November 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Oh, I could have used those cough drops for the past 3 weeks. Thanks for the link to Lisa's site though. I'm positive it will be useful in the future.

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Shivayamama November 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Thank you Jessica, you as well

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Earth Mama November 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Man! I really wish we were neighbors! There needs to be a giant gluten free housing set up somewhere so we can all help each other out with cooking and recipes and life in the strict GF world. My oldest reacts to even the slightest piece of gluten floating in the air. I call her our tester. Once you become GF I feel like naturally you do need to make pretty much everything you intake from scratch. Thank goodness for things like Pamela's though!! I've ben thinking of making Lisa's recipe. We need some sort of immunity boost over here.

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Shivayamama November 24, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Oh Kyndale, I am so sorry. Those days where the exhaustion is so overwhelming, those are the hardest. I am sending you many good thoughts. Be well

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Chelsea November 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Bookmarking that page now for when the chaos of the move have has settled a bit… Wishing you warmth and good health. +Chelsea

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Nina - Tabiboo November 24, 2009 at 7:24 pm

We could do with all the help that is on offer at the moment as the winter colds have set in.

Thank you for the links and advice and I will certainly be having a look at all of them.

take care,

Nina xxx

ps. a good old chicken casserole with gluten free cheesy herby dumplings always does the trick for us – in a stick to the ribs kind of way. N xx

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Shivayamama November 24, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Oh Nina, that sounds lovely. Do you have a recipe for that?
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Kelly November 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Yum, both the soup and the biscuits sound fantastic!!

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Lecia November 24, 2009 at 8:29 pm

The soup looks so good! I hope the move to wordpress goes without incident…

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Maeghan November 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Yum. I too miss biscuits! I can't believe that we are both A Phi's!

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Shivayamama November 24, 2009 at 9:51 pm

You have to try these Maeghan, you will LOVE the.
It really is such a neat coincidence!!
Have a great holiday
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HilarieMae November 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm

This looks delicious!!!! I can't wait to try the cough drops and the soup! So far I've been able to stave off illness, but usually, when the semester is over, it hits me. So come mid-December, these will be very hand!

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lily boot November 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I utterly know what you mean about the "mummy's sick in bed" syndrome. I cannot stand it. There is nothing peaceful or healing about resting in bed whilst the house is falling down, the dogs are starving, no cupboard door or drawer has been closed and the kitchen has turned into a huge compost. Ugh! The chicken stew sounds divine. I love arborio rice but had never thought to put it into a stew. Yum! As for the cough drops – I'd never though to make these at home – store bought ones have such a bizarre set of ingredients that I always end up putting them back on the shelf. I'm off to check out Lisa's blog. Have a lovely day my friend :-)

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Meryl November 24, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Yum! Those cough drops look good (and I usually hate the suckers)!

Can't wait to see the new digs!

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quirkygranolagirl November 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm

It is cold and dreary and rainy here and chicken soup sounds like heaven!

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Kate England November 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm

I just discovered your lovely blog, and I'm delighted! Beautiful images and great writing! This post about natural cures for colds is perfect and I enjoyed your writings about the shift between seasons too.

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Stephanie November 25, 2009 at 1:30 am

Your food looks so delicious! I hope everyone returns to feeling healthy real soon and stays healthy too! :)

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5orangepotatoes November 25, 2009 at 1:34 am

So impressed you didn't have any boil over and it only took 25 minutes to reach 300! Your soup recipe makes me not want to be a vegetarian anymore, it really sounds delicious. Thanks for the nice words and the link love. Good luck with wordpress and can't wait to see you "over there!"

lisa

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Chris November 25, 2009 at 4:08 am

This mom also dislikes being sick! I read an excellent article the other day on "beating the flu" (or any sickness) naturally. If you're interested… http://www.aboverubies.org/index.php?option=com_c

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larissa November 25, 2009 at 4:44 am

your chicken soup looks so yummy – my kiddos don't eat the liquid part of the soup anyway – and just make a mess fishing out the chicken and veggies. I will definitely give the arborio rice a try! thanks so much and I hope you fell better! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

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nicola November 25, 2009 at 5:52 am

good luck with the move, heather. thank you for the nice comment on my progress post.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

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mindy bell November 25, 2009 at 6:37 am

ooh! thanks for the link to lisa's blog, love it!
Hope you're all feeling better soon. We've all been sick and I cannot stand it. What mama has the time?
be well! xo m

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darlene November 25, 2009 at 6:38 am

thank you , thank you, my daugther was crying the other day because she couldn't have so I am glad to know of options.

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geek+nerd November 25, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Mmm, my mom made horehound candy last year, and it was so nice on a sore throat. Thanks for the link to Lisa's blog. I've recently re-discovered an interest in herbal medicine. When I was little I would read my mom's herb books cover to cover. I used to know how to use any herb to cure any ailment. Then, as happens with kids, interests change, and I forgot nearly everything! It's been fun to see a resurgence of this stuff online, and my brain kinda goes "Hey! You used to know all this stuff!"

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Tonya November 25, 2009 at 2:16 pm

The chicken soup recipe looks great and I can make it with our leftover turkey.
Hope you all get well real soon.
Warm wishes.

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louise November 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Hello, what a fab post!

I have been catching up…I’m so sorry to read of your sad news, sending you a big (((hug)))

Good luck with the move…love Lou xxx

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perches November 25, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Yumm, your soup and biscuits look delicious. Thanks for the recipe! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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louise November 25, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Hello, what a fab post!
I have been catching up…I’m so sorry to read of your sad news, sending you a big (((hug)))
Good luck with the move…love Lou xxx

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Sigrun November 26, 2009 at 4:50 am

My grandmother had the greatest fever buster. It always worked on my kids. Take a pair of white cotton socks and wet them with white vinegar, wring them out. Place on the feet (Brr), wrap in towel. My kids were never very seriously ill with dangerously high fever, but the regular cold/flu fevers always succumbed to the vinegar treatment.

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kyndale November 26, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Hi Heather, I haven't seen a post in a few. I hope you are all well. Happy Thanksgiivng!! xo Kyndale

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Gerri November 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Stacy, congrats on your new blog digs. I love the pictures of you and the family. They are beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. See you on your new site. :)

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Adrie November 27, 2009 at 2:05 am

Love this – can't wait to try making these! Yum. You probably know it, but Aviva Jill Romm's book Naturally Healthy Babies and Children is on my must-read list – it's the single most-used book in our household!

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Jeff Chamberlain MD December 2, 2009 at 3:13 am

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