It’s the time of year when runny noses and sneezes abound, thanks to that age-old enemy of man: the common cold. There is no true cure for the cold, but in numerous countries across the globe people have been trying for centuries – with some interesting approaches. Looking at the variety of techniques used reminds us how culture and behavior – as well, of course, as local plants and time-honoured remedies – play a part in treating even the common cold.
Chicken soup: A longtime weapon in the battle against the common cold, hot chicken soup is enjoyed by Americans along with tea with honey and lemon, and curling up with a favorite pet to feel better.
African cold tonic and vapor: This tonic involves boiling ginger with lemons or limes and sweetening the brew with honey. To enjoy the soothing effects of the vapor, just add eucalyptus leaves.
Indian turmeric & honey drink: Known for its antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can be combined in a cup of milk and honey for an Indian weapon against colds and flu.