This list comes from The New Hard Times Handbook, by Keith and Irene Smith, which is unfortunately out of print.
Please note that I cannot guarantee the effectiveness of any of these recipes!
- 1 T olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, 1T honey, white of 1 egg. Mix. Dose: 1 tsp every 2 hours.
- 1 medium onion chopped very finely, sprinkled heavily with brown sugar. Let sit for 3 hours. Give to patient (including children) to eat as much as they feel like.
- 50g garlic (approx. 2 large cloves). Boil garlic in 3 cups water until 1 1/2 cups remain. Strain, add 1 cup honey, 1 cup vinegar, let simmer for 5 minutes. Bottle.
- 1 tsp glycerine, 1 T pale brandy, 3 T boiling water. Mix. Will relieve ticklish cough when taken in teaspoons at 1/2 hour intervals.
My husband swears by hot tea with honey when he has a sore throat, while I like boiling water with honey and lemon. I have never tried any mixtures using garlic or onions.
Do you have any tried-and-true cough or cold remedies that you'd like to share?