What Was Your Mom's Home Cure for the Common Cold?

What Was Your Mom's Home Cure for the Common Cold?

Faith Durand
Mar 21, 2011

I have the sniffles, and I am plying them liberally with zinc tablets, ginger tea, and cold medicine. When I have a cold, sometimes I just wish Mom was around to make me a bowl of chicken soup and a bit of lime Jell-O (so artificially green, but so nice on a sore throat!). And it made me wonder: What was your mom's cure for the common cold?

While you'd have to pry my Advil Cold & Sinus from my cold, shivering hands, I find that home remedies do bring nearly equal relief and comfort. Ginger and honey tea goes down in the gallons, this time of year. Chicken soup of course is always wonderful. Sometimes these old home cures, the ones from our mothers, fathers, and grandmothers, hold wisdom and insight into curing us, body and soul, of winter sickness.

So share that wisdom with us: What did your mother feed you when you had a cold? What was her kitchen cure?

More Cold Remedies

Soothing Drinks
Recipe: Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups - pictured above
West African Ginger Drink
Recipe: Flu Season Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic
Cocktails and the Common Cold: Vodka, Honey, and Ginger

Comforting Foods
Recipe: Chinese Chicken Soup - pictured above
All Afternoon or Less Than an Hour: Chicken Soup with Herb Dumplings
Recipe: Mexican Chicken Soup
Soup Recipe: Chicken Bone Broth

Cold Season Remedy: Homemade Cough Drops
Home Remedy Tip: Soothe Sore Throats With Pineapples

Related: What Do You Eat To Recover From Food Poisoning?

(Images: Faith Durand; Kathryn Hill)

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