Monday, January 16, 2012

Dr. Mom--Chicken Soup and Ginger tea

During these winter months when colds and the flu are making their rounds, I was remembering back to when I was growing up. Living on a ranch 25 miles from the closest town, the roads often impassible, and being poor, we had to rely on home remedies for most things.  We were fortunate that we were healthy, probably due to a good diet, plenty of exercise, and living in the mountains with fewer chances of coming in contact with illness.  But on the occasion of a cold, we would get the tried and true chicken soup. 
Here's what I found about that as a remedy--In a study published in the medical journal Chest, researchers made an exciting discovery. When they added chicken soup to a Petri dish full of inflammatory cells called neutrophils the ability of these cells to move around and migrate was decreased. Neutrophils are cells that help to fight infection but also cause inflammation which is responsible for some of the uncomfortable symptoms experienced with a cold. That something as simple as mom’s chicken soup has the ability to ease cold symptoms is nothing short of amazing.
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And we would have some ginger tea for nausea.--NASA even used ginger to counter the nausea in outer space.

And Baking soda paste or ice for bee stings.  Research has shown that ice is better than any pharmaceutical treatment. It is nice to know that science has validated mom's home remedies.  


  1. If we'd all eat only natural foods and get exercise, we'd all be a lot healthier! Isn't it interesting that after we've been sick, it seems like the first thing we want to eat IS chicken soup.

  2. I do try to go natural first and then turn to medicine if that doesn't work. There are a lot of things we put in our bodies we probably shouldn't. Hugs and have a great week! :O)

  3. I knew about the ginger tea but not the baking soda! Will keep that in mind! And I'm a big fan of homemade chicken soup! Looks yummy! Enjoy your day!

  4. I'm making chicken soup today! It's cold outside... :)

  5. And for mosquito bites to not swell a paste of meat tenderizer and water. I am with you gal. sandie

  6. There's nothing like chicken soup when you have a cold. I'm getting over a bad head cold and the only thing I've wanted to eat was chicken soup!

    Ice for a bee sting....I need to remember this one!

  7. chicken soup a best remedy to get over cold & it..;)
    Tasty Appetite