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Monday, April 27, 2009

Old Family Cold Remedy

So the summer colds have hit our family in a big way; first our son and now my husband and myself. As a nursing mother I am leary or using many medications at this point. This concoction may not cure a cold but it has been used in my family for at least five generations and it does make you feel a bit better if you can get past the taste. Personally, I find the taste to be comforting and soothing when I have a cold since my mother and grandmother used to give this to me when I was sick. I plan on making some tonight and I am sure it will at the very least make me feel a little better and more comfortable.

Great Great Grandmother Smith’s Cough Remedy
Depending on your toleration for sourness or tartness, use a water and vinegar or lemon juice combination such as:
3l4 cup water
1 - 2 tablespoons cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 -2 teaspoons sugar or honey
1 teaspoon butter (to coat the throat)
1/8 to ¼ teaspoon black pepper (as can tolerate)
Heat all ingredients and sip as needed.

My personal preference is to make like my mom did with cider vinegar and honey.

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