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Help me get better for work tomorrow - any herbal/natural remedies?

(30 Posts)
PanicPants Sun 22-Jul-07 15:39:07

I've been off work since last wednesday with a cold turned into a chest infection. Could only get to drs yesterday due to weather and being cut off, but now on antibiotics and oral steroids 6x day. Plus inhalers / paracetamol etc.

But don't feel any better at all.

Thing is I HAVE to go into school tomorrow as it's our last day and I've so much to do.

So what can I do to make it bearable to get through the day?

startouchedtrinity Sun 22-Jul-07 15:40:20

Onion/garlic soup?

SaintGeorge Sun 22-Jul-07 15:40:45

Onion soup, fresh garlic

SaintGeorge Sun 22-Jul-07 15:41:24

See, must be a good idea, two of us recommending it.

<<waves to stt>>

PanicPants Sun 22-Jul-07 15:44:59

Right, onion soup and garlic it is!!

Any recipes?

startouchedtrinity Sun 22-Jul-07 15:49:44

Saute a load of onions and garlic in butter until soft and mushy. Add some stock, and if you have it, white wine and/or brandy. Also herbs like sage, thyme, rosemary, bay. Simmer until you fancy eating it!

(I'm a pants cook but this is Delia)

<<waves back to StG>>

SaintGeorge Sun 22-Jul-07 15:50:15

I just chop loads of onions and 1-2 cloves of garlic. Soften slowly in a little butter or olive oil. Add lots of stock (whatever you like - chicken is good for colds too so use that if you can). Cook for about 30 mins, reduce by about 1/4. Blend slightly if you prefer a thicker consistency.

SaintGeorge Sun 22-Jul-07 15:51:09

I'm also a shite cook but that was StG and surprisingly close to Delia

PanicPants Sun 22-Jul-07 16:00:45

Thankyou ladies! (And Delia!)

I've set dp on to it right away. Amazingly we actually have lots of onions and garlic in the house.

PanicPants Sun 22-Jul-07 16:02:27

Oh, and when we've cooked it, will the leftovers be alright reheated for tomorrow? Or frozen?

SaintGeorge Sun 22-Jul-07 16:35:42

Should be ok for both.

PanicPants Sun 22-Jul-07 16:51:00

Thank you!

It's nearly ready, apparently the house now smells of onions and garlic but I can't smell a thing so thats ok!

It's looking yummy though and so quick to make. Why don't I know these things already?

startouchedtrinity Sun 22-Jul-07 17:04:22

My dh gets a lot of bronchitis and I make this for him. Word of warning though, no-one will go near you for a week!

PanicPants Sun 22-Jul-07 20:29:20

It was yummy! I had it with grated cheese on top (which I know is not the best thing to eat with a bad chest) and I actuyally managed a bowelful. It's the most I've eaten for about 5 days

Might have another bowel before I go to bed. Make sure none of the children come near me tomorrow!!

PanicPants Sun 22-Jul-07 20:30:36

( actually bowlful ) Tut tut at the spellings but I am poorly

PanicPants Mon 23-Jul-07 20:05:11

Still no better despite all the pills and soup.

Any other suggestions?

southeastastra Mon 23-Jul-07 20:06:06

i'd go for the unnatural lemsip

CountessDracula Mon 23-Jul-07 20:16:17

You need Rasam soup
Incredibly hot and will blow most things like this away

Do you have a southern indian restaurant that delivers?

PanicPants Mon 23-Jul-07 20:18:53

Have tried lemsip, day/night nurse, the works but still the same

Whats Rasam soup? And can I make it?

startouchedtrinity Mon 23-Jul-07 20:25:51

Onion soup needs a few days to kick in. Also good to eat throughout the winter as a preventative.

CountessDracula Mon 23-Jul-07 20:26:42

Simple Rasam

Serves 4

Preperation Time 30 Minutes

Green Vegetables

250 gms tomatoes, quartered
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
4 green chillies, chopped
1 lemon-sized ball of tamarind
1 tbsp jaggery
1 tsp mustard seeds
10 curry leaves
1 red chilli, broken into two
1 tsp coriander seeds – roasted & powdered
1 tsp cuminseeds – roasted & powdered
2 tsps peppercorns – roasted & powdered
½ tbsps oil

1.Extract the pulp of tamarind by soaking it in a cup of hot water.

2. Boil the tomatoes, chillies and garlic in 4 cups of water.

3. Add the ground spices, jaggery and tamarind pulp and simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Heat the oil.

5. Splutter the mustard seeds.

6. Add the curry leaves, red chilli, asafoetida powder and onion and fry for a minute.

7. Pour it over the tomatoes.

8. Serve hot.

CountessDracula Mon 23-Jul-07 20:27:27

i have tamarind gunge in a jar in the fridge, use that not fresh it is fine

CountessDracula Mon 23-Jul-07 20:29:45

prob not useful unless you are habitual curry maker I must say!

Delivery option better
where do you live?

PanicPants Mon 23-Jul-07 20:34:36

Delivery much better option since I don't even know what jaggery is!

I'm in Swindon. Just going to look at my takeaway menus now.

CountessDracula Mon 23-Jul-07 23:35:56

jaggery is sort of solidified sugary stuff

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