It’s cold and flu season again, and even though I don’t get sick very often, it still hits me once in a while so I try to nip in the bud before it gets too bad with this easy to make cold & flu chicken soup. It’s full of herbs and veggies that are great cold remedies.
So what is in this awesome chicken soup that’s so great it will knock your cold out? Let me tell you because I know how much it sucks to be sick, it totally messes up your entire day or week.
Let me get right into sharing this awesome cold & flu chicken soup recipe. Well, honestly it’s not really a recipe, it’s just something I threw together with ingredients I knew worked well for colds. I’ll try to put it into recipe form though.
This soup is very quick and easy to make because who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when they’re sick
Cold & Flu Chicken Soup
When I make this soup, I like to make some jasmine rice to go with it. It seems to mix with the herbs better, however, you can make it with your choice of pasta.
I wanted to add a list of the benefits of each herb and why they are good for a cold.
Ginger is a diaphoretic or a compound that induces sweating. This makes it effective for breaking a fever and relieving other cold or flu symptoms.
Garlic has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal benefits. Garlic is said to be the Swiss Army knife of garden remedies, so it’s not surprising that garlic supplements can prevent a cold.
Sage is a classic for sore throats and coughs.
Black pepper is popular for alleviating the phlegm from a cold.
Red Pepper Flakes
Red Pepper flakes help clear congestion because the spicy heat found in the flakes helps clear the mucus stuffing up your nose and lungs. The flakes also boost the immune system because they contain a good dose of vitamin A.
Lemon juice decreases the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduces phlegm. Lemons are antibacterial and antiviral. Everyone knows lemons are loaded with vitamin C which is known to support the body’s natural defenses.
In my research for the benefits of the herbs in this soup, I found a pin on Pinterest that lead me to Rodale Wellness where I found more herbs that can be added to help remedy your cold. Another good site is Health Impact News.
Basil helps reduce fevers and relieve symptoms of colds, coughs, and the flu.
Oregano makes a great remedy for coughs
Rosemary gives great relief to nasal and chest congestion.
Thyme eases coughs and bronchial spasms and helps clear congestion and mucus of a cold. Thyme is also rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.
Turmeric is becoming a popular remedy for just about everything that ails you. It appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been used for colds, congestion, headache, and sore throats.
So the next time I make this soup I will add more vegetables like carrots, celery, potatoes, and maybe even tomatoes.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and that it helps get rid of that nasty cold or flu for you.