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Old 10-28-2008, 10:16 PM   #1
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Foods That Heal

This is what I do for colds:

Juicing garlic and lemon together will rid a cold quick ( one garlic clove to one lemon)

Best preparation if no Juicer handy is to cut away the lemon skin. Place the lemon flesh in a blender along with one clove of garlic and about 6oz to 7 oz of water (preferably cold)

Surprisingly the garlic is not that pungent with lemon. Do this every day till you start to feel better.


Juicing garlic and parsley will do the trick too.

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Old 10-28-2008, 11:57 PM   #2
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Echinacea tea (real leaves, not the bags) has been working very very well for me.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:26 AM   #3
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Yes, Echinacea tea is good too. I've done that before.

Another item that helps with winter blues as well as summer allegeries is Peppermint Oil (100% oil). Just a touch will open your passage way. Too much will do just the opposite. It's a great smell.

Guess what, a bonus feature of Peppermint Oil is, it is a natural pesticide. It kills bugs, no joke. I spray it on every bug I see and it has not failed in killing it.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:56 AM   #4
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The common cold is caused by a virus - actually one of about 100 different strains can cause it, rhinovirus is the most common accounting for about 30-50% of all cases. There is no cure for a virus. Actually - there is a way to kill a virus ... inceneration.

All you can do for a cold is to relieve the symptoms until it runs its couse and dies on its own (usually 3-7 days depending on the causative virus).

Things that help relieve symptoms are hot liquids (the steam helps thin nasal congestion) and due to the proximity of the esophagus to the main bronchi - the warmth helps thin upper airway secretions (also works for people with COPD, asthma and early morning bronchial congestion) so mucus can be thinned, mobalized and expectorated (a polite way to say spit out).

A simple cup of tea with honey and lemon helps relieve symptoms. Actually, tea contains theophylline which is a bronchodilator.

The nearest thing to a cure is "chicken soup" ... and research is ongoing to find out why.

But - I love reading the old home remidies ... and trying to figure out what made them "work" or "appear" to work.
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:28 AM   #5
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Just wanted to mention that if people have allergies to ragweed, marigolds, etc., they can also have an allergic reaction to echinacea and should consult their doctor before using it. Also, in the U.S., over-the-counter echinacea is a supplement and is not regulated by the FDA, so the amount of active ingredient varies by manufacturer.

http://rx.health.arizona.edu/echinacea.htm
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:27 AM   #6
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A simple cup of tea with honey and lemon helps relieve symptoms.
Add a shot of whiskey to the tea and it will help you get some rest, too.
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Add a shot of whiskey to the tea and it will help you get some rest, too.
......and if that doesn't work, you just won't care! HA,HA!
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:32 PM   #8
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When I'm feelin' poorly, I always find a big bowl of chocolate fudge ripple ice cream always makes me feel better. Oh, and sometimes a couple shots of Kahlua poured over top are an added bonus.
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:47 AM   #9
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Mom's cold relief was in the form of ginger tea. She'd take a teaspoon or so of dried, powdered ginger and put it in a cup. Then would fill the cup with boiling water. Another teaspoon of honey. For my milk loving sisters, maybe some milk (I've always had an aversion to milk). Stir. Drink it down. Keep stirring, because the dregs of that cup will make your eyes water. I'm here to tell you, it clears your head and chest.
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:17 AM   #10
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What has worked for us is to eat pieces of Ginger every day.....Also, I never am out of OPC-3.

Kids suffering for ear aches...We always had them lay on our dog (we're breeders of GSD's)...when they they on the floor with their ears on her, they would always feel better....(It gives them some unconditional love from their furry four-leggers too!
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