15 Soothing Recipes to Make If You Have a Cold
Feel a cold coming on? Or maybe your nose is already running, your throat is sore, and you have a hacking cough. Sadly, there's no fast cure for the common cold, but the following recipes should ease your sniffles and may shorten your suffering.
The soup-as-medicine myth has been around for—well, about as long as there have been grandmothers and soup. What's more, studies show that hot soup appears to reduce cold symptoms and boost your immune system (thanks, Grandma). Chicken soup, with or without noodles, is what most people rely on. You can make it quickly using rotisserie chicken or slow-simmer it while you bundle up on the couch and binge-watch Netflix. And even if the soup doesn't directly fight illness, doctors have a couple of good reasons for recommending it: Steam helps to relieve sinus inflammation and soothe your throat, while salty liquids can help keep you hydrated.
Another tried-and-true way to ease a cold? That cup of hot tea your mom probably suggested (we like it with a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of honey). This age-old soother is great for sniffles and stuffiness, and again, the steam will help. Hot liquids are said to help loosen secretions in the chest and sinuses, making them easier to expel. Hot tea, whether caffeinated or a herbal brew, can provide relief from chills, coughs, sneezing, sore throats, and that annoying drippy nose. Remember, the same drink at room temperature does not provide the same relief—drink your tea hot for the most anti-cold benefits.
The old adage "feed a cold, starve a fever" has some truth to it, too. By eating, you encourage the production of the T helper1 immune cell that helps to fight viral infections. The trouble is that most people don't really feel like eating when they have a cold—for one thing, you can't taste or smell food properly. Try sticking to light meals like soup, an easy-to-eat rice dish like kitchari, or fresh, bright citrus.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Fire-Cider Tonic
Apple cider vinegar infused with everything good—ginger, garlic, chiles, cinnamon, lemon, peppercorns, rosemary, horseradish, onion, orange, and honey—takes 21 days to steep but will last you all through flu season.
Yellow mung dal (split mung beans) combine with warming spices and loads of vegetables to make a restorative, savory one-pot porridge.
This is the classic chicken soup recipe you've been craving. Simmer a whole chicken with aromatics and root vegetables and let the results warm your heart.
Remember what Mom (and the doctor) said—drink lots of fluids! Get your hydration and your vitamins all at once with this lightly sweetened beverage of lemon, lime, and orange juices.
Asian Chicken and Chili Soup
Soy sauce, hot chili sauce, watercress, and scallions dial up the savory flavors of this soothing shortcut chicken soup.
Turmeric and Lemon "Tea"
The good news: This quick and easy brew of turmeric, honey, lemon, and cayenne will have you feeling better in no time. The even better news? Everything you need to make it is probably already in your kitchen!
One-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
When your head's too stuffy to even think about spending all day in the kitchen, turn to this genius one-pot chicken noodle soup that's ready in just over an hour.
Green Tea with Lemon and Pomegranate
Add pomegranate seeds to green tea for an antioxidant extravaganza. Lemon and honey add a just-right balance of flavors.
Harness turmeric's super anti-inflammatory properties in this invigorating, fizzy tonic.
Chicken Broth Elixir
When someone says, "Let food be thy medicine" they're probably talking about this marvelous restorative broth perfect for sipping throughout cold and flu season.
Citrus Salad with Cashews and Mint
Get your Vitamin C the all-natural way, with this bright and refreshing mix of grapefruit, clementines, kiwi, and mint.
Matzo Ball Soup
Just like Bubbe used to make, homemade chicken broth brims with fluffy, stick-to-your-ribs matzo balls. You'll be feeling better in no time!
Load up on Vitamin C while you soothe a sore throat with homemade grapefruit, tangerine, and tangelo sorbets.
30 Clove Garlic Soup
Garlic is known as the "poor man's penicillin" but you'll feel like you're in the lap of luxury when you dip your spoon into this rich and velvety soup.
Chicken Voodle Soup
A zucchini a day keeps the doctor away! Quick and easy chicken soup gets an extra dose of vegetables when you toss in spiralized squash in place of noodles.