Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2007
I once cured my husband, malarial since his operations in Africa, of a devastating cold/cough/fever/flu. I fed him sliced ginger in honey a few times a day, cayenne capsules, various herbal tisanes, aspirin and Theraflu. Now there is a product called Germ MD, a tablet of which he takes daily. Whenever we get a hint of a tickle in our throats, or wake up with a full-fledged sore throat, we take two Cold MD tabs, Airborne in a glass of water and eat a lot of ginger. Neither of us has had a cold since that aforementioned worrisome time. A trip to the doctor will do no good for the common cold. We’d never dream of plugging up the already-jammed waiting rooms for such a malady. Here is a well-known trick to ward off a nascent cold: put hydrogen peroxide in the ears. If one is not averse to sugar, keeping a ginger-jar full of the candied stuff is a good idea. That way, you can pop a piece whenever you feel a bit down. Another way to ingest ginger is to slice it fresh and mix it with honey, another a germ-killer. Is ginger a panacea? No, but it certainly enhances general health.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2007
Update: Gargling with a saline solution soothes a sore throat. We use a teaspoon Himalayan salt melted in a half-cup of water. After that, taking a teaspoon of honey (we use Manuka from New Zealand) adds to the relief.
Courtesy of M-J de Mesterton