Feel a Cold or Flu Coming On? Eat This Homemade Immunity Boosting Soup

Whenever I feel a bit congested, start sneezing  and coughing a lot, or basically feel like

I’m coming down with a cold, I don’t panic.

I know exactly what to do.

I head sraight to my healing kitchen and dig out all of my trusty cold-busting foods to get

ready to cook up a pot of my ‘go-to’ favorite immunity-boosting, symptom-soothing soup.

I usually improvise this home remedy from whatever potent foods and ingredients I have on hand.

This kind of concoction is not new, of course.

These common ingredients have been used for centuries by people all over the world.

Unfortunately, we have become so accustomed to calling the doctor or running to the store

to purchase over the counter cold medicines the moment we feel sick, that it has become less

common to use what we have in our kitchens to make natural remedies that can often make

a difference in how we feel.

This soup is an all natural homemade remedy that can be eaten daily or at the onset of a cold or flu.

Fresh, organic ingredients help to naturally boost your immune system, fight your cold’s progression

and ease those miserable symptoms once you have them.

What’s more, these are commonly found in most kitchens and boast long traditions as remedies for

systemic and local infections.

For example:

Onion helps detoxify your body naturally.

Feel a Cold or Flu Coming On? Eat This Homemade Immunity Boosting Soup

Garlic is a natural antibiotic and helps to promote sweating–which is very important if

you are experiencing cold-and-flu-like symptoms.

Feel a Cold or Flu Coming On? Eat This Homemade Immunity Boosting Soup

Ginger is antiviral, anti-inflammatory,  a natural circulatory stimulant, a powerful decongestant

and it has been found to be effective against human respiratory virus.

Kombu 

Kombu and other sea vegetables are rich in minerals and help to strengthen the blood.

Feel a Cold or Flu Coming On? Eat This Homemade Immunity Boosting Soup

Parsley is a blood purifier, helps kill bacteria in the body and is high in vitamin C and iron.

Feel a Cold or Flu Coming On? Eat This Homemade Immunity Boosting Soup

-Raw, organic ,unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a powerful weapon in the fight against cold and flu

symptoms because it is rich in enzymes and potassium, helps to reduce sinus infections and sore

throats, promotes good digestion and helps to regulate elimination.

Vinegar has infection-fighting properties and supports a healthy immune system.

My Immunity Boosting Cold and Flu Soup

Feel a Cold or Flu Coming On? Eat This Homemade Immunity Boosting Soup

Ingredients:

6-10 cloves of organic garlic

6 large yellow and red organic onions

6 stalks of organic celery

A large handful of organic parsley

3-4 organic carrots

1 strip Kombu seaweed

1/2 cup of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Celtic or Himalyan Sea Salt to taste

3 tablespoons red pepper flakes

10 cups of filtered or spring water

2 tablespoons organic cold-pressed olive oil (optional)

 

Feel a Cold or Flu Coming On? Eat This Homemade Immunity Boosting Soup

Directions:

Add the water to a large soup pot.

Peel and chop the garlic and allow it to sit for 30 minutes.

Peel and wash the vegetables.

Chop the onions, celery, carrots and parsley.

Soak kombu 3-5 minutes, slice in half, then slice diagonally into 1-inch pieces.

Add the kombu, sea salt and apple cider vinegar.

Bring to a boil, then simmer for at least an hour.

I usually sprinkle in red pepper flakes after the soup is done.

(If using olive oil, I also prefer to add olive oil after the soup is cooked.)

Other potent ingredients that I sometimes like to add include:

*Cayenne pepper

*Tumeric

*Fresh lemon juice

*Horseradish

*Daikon

*Miso

Feel a Cold or Flu Coming On? Eat This Homemade Immunity Boosting Soup

Even though you are dying to dig into this cold-busting tonic, I have found

that it is best to leave the pot of soup covered for an hour on the stove

before dishing it up.

As you savor this delicious bouquet of flavors, you’ll find that the healing blend

lubricates your throat, soothes your chest,  makes you sweat and even warms your soul.

Plus, drinking soup adds to your fluid intake–which is essential to the healing process.

Take it from me, I had a cold last week and this soup helped to break up my congestion,

ease my coughing, and relieve some of the other unpleasant symptoms typically associated

with cold and flu.

What are your favorite cold and flu-soothing soups and remedies? Share your tips with us.

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