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We live in a “duplex” – well that’s what the ad said when we found it. In reality we live in a basement suite. Which is OK.
4 bedrooms, spacious everything, fenced yard, appliances – the whole 9.
It’s great… except…
we don’t control the temperature!
The family upstairs has the thermostat. Not awesome! It hasn’t been record breaking heat or anything. Normal summer weather of 30ish°C. But the people upstairs have had the central air CRANKED all day, all night, all summer. It’s been sweaters and socks in our place all year ’round.
Do you know what happens when you go from outside where it’s 34° to inside where it’s 10°?
You get sick!
Yup my whole family, and the kids I babysit got sick. We all passed around dreaded ‘summer cold’. Snot everywhere! So gross!
I had to figure out a way to be victorious over the battle royal ~ people vs virus.
Off to google I went. Found the best cold fighting food ingredients and threw them all together in a pot…that’s what I do, throw stuff in a pot and hope for the best.
Cold Fighting Foods – Ingredients with Potential
- Garlic – has a ton of benefits, boosts the immune system.
- Ginger root – good for inflammation, nausea, other belly ick stuff, generally amazing.
- Cinnamon – full of antioxidants and tastes good.
- Lemon – hello vitamin C! Also lemons are really good at detoxification and rejuvenation.
- Onion – more vitamin C! Onions may be stinky but they have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and just good for overall health.
I chopped everything up in big chunks and slices and tossed ’em a pot of water. It simmered while a gave my boy a haircut.
About 20 minutes later, I strained what I now call “All Better Tea” into mugs and garnished. I feel like things taste better if they look pretty.
And it was delicious!
All Better Tea is actually pretty terrible.
It tastes like I boiled onion and garlic in Neocitran! But I’m stubborn and determined to feel better ASAP. I chugged a mug full and almost instantly felt some yuck breaking up. I could breath out of one of my nostrils again!
The second cup was a bit easier to get down. I chugged down 2 1/2 good sized coffee mugs full of this tea in less than 5 minutes.
I made a cup up for my kids.
My super fussy son took one sniff and refused, but my girl gulped down 1/4 of hers all at once.
I have never, ever seen that look of disgust on her face before. She hopped, and stomped and shook her head all around the house. It was the funniest thing ever! That must be what I look like in anxiety mode! She managed to get down just one more big gulp.
To go along with the All Better Tea I quartered an onion and put one piece by each of our beds.
For a few days leading up to me making weird ‘tea’, none of the kids could fall asleep. Snot and drool and coughing all over the place.
But wouldn’t you know it?! A cup of homemade medicine tea and some onion placed around the house and everyone went to sleep right away! We all slept the whole night, with no coughing and our mouths closed!
My “All Better Tea” is not yummy, and it doesn’t smell very good.. but it sure as hell works! I will for sure be making this again and again!
If you’d like to try similar ingredients in soup format, you may want to check out fellow Choose To Cook Contributor – Jane Lawson’s story –