I am fending off the flu and have fortunately had my mum here looking after me for the last couple of days. I say ‘fortunately’, but I am sweating pure garlic as a result. You see, mum swears by garlic — truckloads of raw garlic — to kill off the dreaded lurgy.
This was yesterday’s brunch, courtesy of my loving mum:
Brunch comprised a garlic, tomato and parsley sandwich, accompanied by a Thermomixed salad of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, parsley, garlic and cashew nut mayonnaise [= cashews + water + lemon juice + salt]. Surprisingly delicious, even if the garlic was a little burny on the throat 🙂
Googling “garlic cold remedy” today revealed 66,800 search results, which goes to show that there is plenty of support for mum’s cold & flu cure.
A less offensive fix I have always stood by is the old faithful honey & lemon in boiled water, which is also a good way to keep your fluids up when your body needs them the most. Taking vitamin C and/or zinc (in fruit/veg or tablet form) combats symptoms and boosts immunity; ginger and chilli are also helpful when you’re fighting fever.
When I had the flu a couple of years ago, a project team member shared their failsafe method for kicking a cold or flu: pour a standard glass of wine and top it up — all the way to the top of the glass — with brandy. I didn’t try it, mostly because of the obvious holes in this method:
- Size of glass? Wine glasses can vary considerably in size. I used to own 750mL wine glasses…;
- Size of person? The team member who shared this information was male and considerably larger than I; and
- How was it supposed to work? Was it supposed to knock me out, or just get the germs drunk? Prior reading about alcohol tells me that it destroys vitamins B & C in your body and causes dehydration…
I am thinking that an infusion of garlic, ginger, chilli, lemon and honey will work best for me. In fact, I am off to try it now — via tom yum gai, which pretty much embodies these elements [just substitute lime for lemon, palm sugar for honey].
As always, I am keen to hear from you: What cold & flu remedies have worked for you? What ‘cures’ have you heard about but are just not game enough to try?