The Russian Cold Cure
Timeless Nutrition Tip
Many Russians consider black tea, orange or lemon juice, a collection of spices and sugar, to be the first line of treatment when a cough or cold strikes.
The reason this mixture may relieve cold symptoms is because black tea and cinnamon are rich in compounds that reduce congestion. Lemon juice thins mucous secretions and makes them easier to shed.
Deaden Pain, Inhibit Bacteria
Cloves deaden dental pain; in tea, they can block sore throat pain. Black tea, cinnamon and cloves are also antimicrobial and capable of inhibiting any bacteria that may be in your throat.
The following recipe is the supermarket shelf variation on the same theme.
Cold Cure Tea Recipe
1-1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup instant black tea
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup Tang mix
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 packet (2 quarts) lemonade mix
Combine all ingredients; mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container. Shake well before using. Add 3 to 4 teaspoons per cup of hot water. Drink 4 to 6 cups a day, as needed.
Other Russian Cold Cures
Another popular Russian cold remedy is drinking hot milk with honey and butter before going to bed. According to folklore, this should be done while warming your feet in hot water (up to the knees) mixed with dry mustard for 10 to 15 minutes. While good for colds, this method is not recommended when a fever is present.
Russians also use garlic for many illnesses, incluing the flu virus. They say it's the phytoncaedos in garlic that works its magic. They also eat more garlic in the winter months to strengthen the immune system.