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Home remedies, anyone? 
Nov. 25, 2011 4:53 pm 
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011 6:37 am
I've been fighting this sinus/chest cold for over a month off and on. Two rounds of antibiotics helped a bit, but this little thing does more to clear out my sinuses than anything else has.

1 cup tomato juice or Hot and Spicy V8
1 clove garlic, smashed and chopped fine
squirt of Sriracha sauce
1-2 tsp lemon juice

Heat and drink hot.


This provides tons of vitamin C and garlic to strengthen the immune system and plenty of spice to help open up those sinuses.

Today I substituted Harold's Beer Pickle juice for the hot sauce and it was even better.

Anyone want to share their own home remedies during this cold/flu time of year?


Nov. 25, 2011 4:57 pm
Sriracha is a type of Thai hot sauce named after the coastal city of Si Racha
Nov. 25, 2011 4:58 pm
Chicken Soup, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic.
Nov. 25, 2011 5:43 pm
Chicken soup makes me feel better no matter what. Throw some ginger and cayenne into a can of Campbell's even. :) I didn't know the Sri Racha was a town. Thanks, KingSparta!
Nov. 25, 2011 5:49 pm
never thought about putting ginger in chicken soup but that maybe good, i will have to try it.
Nov. 25, 2011 10:20 pm
I hate being sick and can sympathize with you:( I also like ginger in my tea. Sometimes you can find ginger tea bags. I have found that Alka Seltzer fizz tabs work for me. They taste kinda yucky, get the orange ones, not so bad. We love the Sriracha sauce too. Feel better soon Friend:)
Nov. 26, 2011 6:45 am
A Netti Pot is a must have for the sinuses. I love mine and use it very regularly.
Nov. 26, 2011 1:11 pm
A humidifier is always good to have around. It's not a cure, but could keep you more comfortable.
Nov. 26, 2011 1:55 pm
Tried your tasty tomato juice concoction. I liked it. Thanks! Taking a hot shower with lots of steam helps!
Nov. 26, 2011 6:46 pm
Thanks everybody! I have a neti pot- it's gross but I love it! It helps a lot. Ginger is a miracle plant.
Nov. 26, 2011 6:47 pm
I'm glad you liked the tomato drink, Lela. In the hot shower is about the only place I can really breathe these days!
Nov. 27, 2011 11:03 am
Try some hot & sour soup...bonus, so that you don't have to purchase the extra ingredients which may be too specific for general cooking, buy a pint at a local Chinese restaurant and see if it works for you w/ the sinus troubles. Good luck beating the virus & hopefully you're feeling well again soon.
Nov. 27, 2011 11:39 am
That sounds like quite a remedy. I truly believe many of our cooking skills could be used to "cure" many of the bugs we encounter. I fly alot and I am a big believer in Airborne. I have not had a cold after a flight since I started using this several years ago......KNOCK WOOD:) Hope you are feeling well soon. XO
Nov. 27, 2011 2:02 pm
I think I'd add a shot of vodka to your drink and leave it room temperature. Tow of those might not cure your cold, but you would surely feel better!
Nov. 27, 2011 2:03 pm
That would be two of those...I think my fingers have been drinking LOL!
Nov. 28, 2011 12:49 pm
Hot and sour soup- that's a great idea! So is Airborne- I used to take that all the time. Thanks for the reminder. And BigShotsMom, you are a genius. Vodka tonight! (My husband swears by screwdrivers: vitamin C in the OJ and alcohol in the vodka. :D )
Dec. 22, 2011 12:21 pm
Can you tell me how to submit a recipe, please?
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