Garlic, Ginger, and Lemon Soup: A Delicious Home Remedy to Soothe Your Flu or Cold
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Garlic, Ginger, and Lemon Soup: A Delicious Home Remedy to Soothe Your Flu or Cold

A tasty and effective natural remedy to help speed your recovery from flu- or cold- like symptoms.

Today I'm sick.  Not so sick I need immediate medical attention.  Just the kind of sick that has left me feeling achy, a little feverish, some chills, with a bit of a sore throat...you know, that feeling of overall malaise.  After napping (there's only so long you can do that), I decided to make something to help me feel better.  I don't like taking pills or other medication unless absolutely necessary, especially when I have found a healthier alternative to soothe my symptoms.  What I have been making for some time now to soothe my flu or cold symptoms, is a hot broth, loaded with ingredients high in antioxidants...and flavour.  I usually keep my fridge and pantry stocked with wholesome ingredients, so I have a lot of variety to choose from; if you find yourself low on any of the ingredients, feel free to substitute with something similar.   However, the basis of the soup is the fresh garlic, fresh ginger, and fresh lemon, which you will need.  Following is the recipe and the method.  (Please understand this is not meant to treat or diagnose any medical condition.  Please consult your doctor if you think you need medical attention.)

GARLIC, GINGER, AND LEMON SOUP

  • 8 cups (approx. 2 quarts or 2 litres) cold fresh water
  • piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced, enough to make 1/2 cup (125 ml)
  • 1 whole bulb garlic, divided, peeled, and the cloves broken but not crushed, (set aside 3 of the cloves to crush and use later)
  • 6 shallots or one medium onion, peeled and quartered
  • 6 - 8 green onions, cut in large pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, cut in 4 inch (10 cm) pieces
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) sea salt
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth (900 ml carton); or substitute vegetable broth if you prefer
  • juice of 2 fresh lemons

Bouquet Garni

  • bunch fresh parsley, stems removed
  • fresh or dried herbs:  rosemary, thyme, sage
  • 1 tsp. coriander (5 ml)
  • 1 tsp. mustard seed (5 ml)
  • 1/2 small hot pepper
  • 2 bay leaves

Method:

Combine first seven ingredients and the bouquet garni (this is the herbs and seeds tied up in a square of triple-thickness cheesecloth) in a large pot.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for two hours.  Alternatively, you can combine these in a crock pot and cook on low overnight, or for 8 hours.  Discard all vegetable matter and the bouquet garni .  Add chicken (or vegetable) broth, the 3 crushed garlic cloves, and the fresh lemon juice.  Heat thoroughly, and adjust seasoning (add salt and pepper if needed). 

This broth is now ready to sip throughout the day...it is warm, comforting, and will supply your body with extra vitamins and antioxidants to help speed your recovery.

Note:  If you like, once the broth has been made, you can cook potatoes, carrots, peas, beans, or whatever vegetables you want, and/or egg noodles in the broth to add some substance, and use it as a meal.

I have definitely found this garlic, ginger, and lemon soup broth to help soothe my throat and warm and relax my aching body, and generally experience a reduction in the length of time I feel sick.  I hope you will also find this natural remedy helpful the next time you feel the flu or a cold coming on.

Copyright Sharla Smith, May 26, 2010; Photo my own

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Comments (21)

Great article, Sharla. I try to use heavy doses of garlic as soon as I feel a cold coming on, and it usually does the trick. This soup sounds delicious, too!

This is really good. These natural things do work well. Very useful article.

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Thank you for your comments, Stacy.

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Thank you also, Sourav. Yes, garlic, etc. has long been know for its beneficial health effects.

Great concoction. I suppose I could try this potent secret of yours on my bad days.

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Yes, this potion is potent! ...but it's very tasty, too. Although, you'll have to have breath mints at the ready! Thanks, deep blue, for reading and for your comments.

I'm glad I stumbled upon this Factoidz...I'm down with the flu myself. The garlic, ginger and lemon soup looks promising. I'll be having that with my bland dinner tonight :)

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Karina, sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Let me know if you try this soup, and what you think. Thanks for reading...and get better soon!

Karina, sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Let me know if you try this soup, and what you think. Thanks for reading...and get better soon! Thanks Sharla. I am feeling quite a bit better now. I think your soup did the trick... not sure if I did the bouquet gami right, but even my perfectly healthy flat mates loved it :)

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Karina, I'm glad to hear you're feeling better, and that you enjoyed the soup! It's quite tasty, especially as remedies go!

Mom, I'll have to get YOU to make me this soup the next time I feel sick! :) mmmmmm!

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Fancy meeting you here, Emily! (Yes, I'll come over and make some for you...) xox

This sounds very nice and useful for a cold. Great recipe.

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Thank you Michael!

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Great

Very interesting and informative article on different soups. Voted up

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Thank you Sabir, I hope you get to try it.

I make a variation of this type of soup when I'm feeling sick, myself. I just get the urge to 'nuke it from above' and blast my body with the heat of a soup. My throat always feels wonderful afterward, even though the 'nuking' sometimes hurts with the heat of the broth. Thank you for the different take on this! :) (and yeah, I'm a little late to the party on the comment, hope you don't mind!)

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Thanks for reading and for your comments EJ; they're always welcome, late or not.

Sharla, this sounds great. I will have to try this.

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Martin, it is really tasty and so good for you - thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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