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Help! Cold cure urgently needed!
Sat 19-Mar-11
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Hedge-Hunter
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All too late I know but a friend of mine swears by blackberry vinegar at the first sign of the sniffles.

He ran out of the last batch someone had made for him and asked if I knew a of a recipe for it. A short search later and I came up with one and made up a bottle.

I presented him with the resultant brew which he has declared marvellous. smile

 

It can be taken neat or mixed with a little hot water, or I suspect added to a hot toddy of your choice.

Sat 19-Mar-11
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Rae Mond
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Woo! Now we just have to patent it and we'll all be rich!

Or do you think we need to isolate in the individual elemts to work out if you have to do them all, or if just some of them would have done? because that could take a while.

I hope beechams or unilever don;t have spy bots stealing our good work as I type...

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Sun 20-Mar-11
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maggenpie said:

And yes, I did eat the hot and sour soup in the bath. I wasn't taking any chances! big_laugh


 

See? I told you it would do the trick!big_laugh big_laugh big_laugh

 

I don't know why it works for me, but it does......

So how did it go Ruthie? I want to hear all the details!

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Sun 20-Mar-11
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Hi all, yes I did have a good day yesterday thanks. It was lovely, the dancing, the good people, the shared food and the whole atmosphere of the day. It was wonderful.

Unfortunately while I wasn't looking the nasty little monster sneaked into my sinuses, but at least I was sneeze free.

So, the cure for the common cold. Yes Rae I think we're onto something, but I'm sorry I never did get so far as the alchohol. Instead I settled for a live yoghurt to soothe my poor confused tum! big_laugh

Seems to me the winners were

vitamin c in supplement and natural form such as the punnet of blueberries I scoffed and rosehip syrup

onions and garlic, preferably raw (eating raw onion stopped me sneezing briefly)

natural antiseptics such as honey and vinegar

spices like ginger, chilli and pepper(drinking ginger tea also stopped me sneezing for a while)

Basically turn all of that into a hot and sour soup and eat it in a hot bath!

Who is going to take out the patent? We're all going to be soooo rich! big_laugh big_laugh big_laugh

 

 

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Sun 20-Mar-11
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Glad you had a good time Ruth and that all the (many and varied) 'cures' helped.....no wonder your tummy was confused!! ok

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Sun 20-Mar-11
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Hedge-Hunter said:

All too late I know but a friend of mine swears by blackberry vinegar at the first sign of the sniffles.

He ran out of the last batch someone had made for him and asked if I knew a of a recipe for it. A short search later and I came up with one and made up a bottle.

I presented him with the resultant brew which he has declared marvellous. smile

 

It can be taken neat or mixed with a little hot water, or I suspect added to a hot toddy of your choice.


 

Nice idea! I'm thinking to maybe do it using the magical magic elderberry? There must be something in vinegar that works, because that fits with Michelle's hot and sour soup.

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Sun 20-Mar-11
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I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before ( ithink I have), but James wong (grow your own drugs programme on BBC2) had two recipes for elderberry concoctions, one was his anti-viral jam, the other was a elderberry and eucalyptus cordial, I made both last autumn and both very nice.

Mon 21-Mar-11
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Like you were Ruthie, I'm struggling with a vicious cold - my diaphragm aches with coughing, and I'm so so tired. Yesterday sat in an armchair for a power nap, and woke up two and a half hours later. Lunch was after 3 o'clock !! surprised

Janet, I made the elderberry cordial last year, and so far during the winter every time I thought a cold was imminent I had some of the cordial and it seemed to work really well.

However, this one was just too strong - I suppose after spending a week with 7-8 year-olds (the teacher is without a Teaching Assistant atm, so I have been stepping into the breach, as it were!), I suppose it would be difficult to control! monster

What part of the eucalyptus was used, the leaves I presume?

(I have a feeling of deja-vu here - have I asked you before????) confused Sorry if I have! doh

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Mon 21-Mar-11
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wave Oh Val, it's rotten having a cold when the sun is shining (at least it is here). I hope you recover very soon. I too am a great believer in elderberry cordials etc for keeping colds at bay but I have used up my last drop in combatting the flu I had a few weeks ago. This autumn I will make much more than usual.  I find my blackberry vodka works really well too & I still have some of that left.

Keep warm & get well soon.  big_hug

 

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Mon 21-Mar-11
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Thanks, Hattie, yes I remarked on that last night to hubby - beautiful weekend and I'm missing it !!!!

I'm still working on the elderberry cordial, but apparently we're supposed to be restricted to 2 per day - I think I may have exceeded that whistle .

I found another website which had run a trial on this (recommended by JoannaS - 'the healthy fellow'), and yet again the sambucol ingredient in elderberry showed to be doing its wonderful job!

Yes, I agree, I think this year a few more elderberries are going into cordial - it has been working for a a good few people now.

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Mon 21-Mar-11
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Hattie, are you aware that Boots sell 'Sambucol' in bottles?  I always have a bottle in my cupboard.

I'll try that again!

Mon 21-Mar-11
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wave TA, thank you for the info....I will get some next time I'm in town. This forum is just full of helpful tips & advice.

 

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from Les Miserables

Mon 21-Mar-11
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Yes Val I think you did ask me before, i remember saying about one of my customers getting their tree cut back...however the winter has done for that, will have to find another source.

Tue 22-Mar-11
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I have my own eucolyptus tree, grown from seed. As someone else remarked (forget who or where, sorry) they grow easily from seed. They also grow pretty huge, so I pollard mine. I leave just a few thin twigs so that it doesn't look completely bare, and being evergreen I always have fresh leaves to crush and inhale. I really don't make enough use of it though. I have some dried leaves if anyone wants some?

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Sat 26-Mar-11
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I have the sniffles! Noooooooo!

So far I have dosed myself with elderberry clove and honey cordial (thankfully i have a small amount of this left from last autumn), beechams flu plus capsules, multivitamins, beta carotene and echinacia, and have made a lemon and honey drink.

 

I've given up meat for Lent, so can't do chicken soup, and I hate fungus, so I'm not sure if I'd like hot and sour soup.

 

What else have we got people?

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