Let's start with a variation on an old standby; chicken soup. While it would be great to make it from scratch, when you are feeling under the weather, it may be easier to start with a can of organic chicken soup or broth.
Souped up Chicken Soup to Help Boost the Immune System
- 1 can organic chicken soup
- 3 slices of Astragalus. If you can't find the raw herb you may be able to find Astragalus tea in a health food store. Brew a strong cup of the tea and add it to the soup.
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- a few shiitake mushrooms
- 1 tsp. chopped ginger or a 1/2 tsp. of dried ginger powder
- 1 to 4 cloves of garlic
- simmer 30 minutes until the mushrooms are done
Dry Cough Pear and Almond Soup
- 5 ripe pears
2 quarts of water
fresh mint leaves
4 handfulls of
2 cloves of garlic
1 chopped scallion
1 Tbsp. miso paste
4 cups of water
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
Add all ingredients, bring to boil, simmer for 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup every hour. You will begin to sweat.
Sources: Chinese Home Remedies. Wang, L., New Page Books, 2005. Secrets of Healing. Ni, Dr. M., Avery Press, 2008.