Chicken soup has long been touted as a form of folk medicine to treat symptoms of the common cold and related conditions for centuries. And you’ll find a huge variety of recipes from around the world as well.
In 2000, scientists at Nebraska’s Medical Center studied the effects of chicken soup on the immune system. One thing their study found was that chicken soup contains the Amino acid cysteine, which is very similar to acetylcysteine. Acetylcysteine is used by doctors for patients with bronchitis and other respiratory infections to help clear them. So there maybe something to those old fashion cold remedies after all.
When my paternal grandmother passed, my sisters and I were given the task of going through her things. I discovered a box with recipes, something none of us thought she had. She was a great cook, but she never used a recipe, at least from what we could see.
Inside I found a little note written on a recipe card: A Tennessee wives tale predicts if you have this 3 times a week, you can prevent the common cold. And beneath the recipe, was a note: “It works” and “From Fall to end of Winter“.
A nice old timey remedy for what ails ya. This tasty concoction was past down through generations to help fight cholesterol and clean clogged arteries. Of course this isn’t a cure all and shouldn’t substitute visiting your doctor and following medical advice. But this old wives tale is being republished in modern Heart Healthy magazines as a suggestion for those who want to avoid heart disease, or help lesson it’s impacts. Talk to your doctor and discuss if this recipe can be added to your daily diet for a healthier heart.
GrandMa Great’s Hot Toddy Cold Remedy
I’m not sure where we got this recipe, but it’s a Holland favorite. We’ve used it on several occasions and it truly works on a sore throat and helps you rest during a cold.
We think Gary found it in his GrandMa Great’s papers. So we’re going to attribute it to her.
Preparation time: 5 minutes Ingredients
2 oz Jack Daniels Whiskey (not Jack Daniels Honey)
Maw Stoots’ Hot Toddy
Maw Stoots had this in her recipe box, but she couldn’t remember where she got it from. She said it might have come from her sister Pearl. Or it could have come from her mom Martha, which would put this recipe around the late 1800s.
Maw said they used to drink it when it snowed to keep from getting a chill and catching a cold. But she thought they drank it just to stay warm on those cold winter days.
Which ever works for you, it’s just what you need to run away a cold, or knock out a chill.