Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup & Cold Remedies

by laury on December 4, 2012 · 18 comments

It’s not often that I get sick, but when I  do, I am a freak. It all starts with that dry, scratchy, burning sensation in my throat. Kind of like how vampires describe  their thirst  when they smell human blood (forgive me, I just saw Breaking Dawn II).

My first stage of sickness is denial. I can’t possibly be getting sick! I take care of myself! I eat my greens! I wash my hands! I wasn’t around anyone who was sick? The second stage is trying to sweat it out and hope for the best. The third stage is take every single freaking home holistic remedy I know and overdose on it.

Are you ready to hear about how neurotic I am?

I simply can not afford to be sue me!

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Make tea:

  • 1 organic traditional medicinals tea bag (throat coat, cold care pm, Echinacea, etc)
  • raw local honey
  • ginger root
  • apple cider vinegar and/or fresh lemon juice

Neti Pot:


Nasal irrigation not only cleans you out, it actually can make you MUCH less miserable. At first I couldn’t get it to “flow.” It was a while (a year?) since I’ve used this, first time this season. After a few times it really gave me some relief of that nasty congestion.

Note: Always use distilled water in your neti pot. I have always used tap but was informed by my little brother that two people died in Louisiana because of amoeba’s infecting their brains. To say I was having a panic attack after using this 3x on Friday and Saturday then hearing this would be an understatement. I am not usually a hypochondriac (like I said, denial)—but that freaked me out. Yes, it’s rare…but better to be safe than sorry!!!

Mega Doses of Probiotics for the entire family:


I took one capsule 3x per day, and Ella 1/4 teaspoon of the infant 2-3x per day as precaution. I don’t even want to jinx it—but –Mike and I were awful, and her, well…so far so good. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

Crap I got in the Whole Foods medicine aisle:


Neti stick was this wonderful aroma stick you shove up your nostril and sniff. I was waiting for a cop to pull me over when I was doing this behind the wheel. It doesn’t look kosher, but it really felt great!

Pulsatilla was those little pill thingys that are cheap, you take 5 of them 3x a day? Tastes like candy. It’s supposed to help your cold. I was desperate, people. I think it worked.



I will note here that  you have to be careful with this stuff. Take it 2x per day at the most—especially if it has the Vitamin D. Those fat soluble vitamins can be dangerous in too large of a dose. One of my clients is a doc and she was telling me about how quite a few people have been in the ER at her hospital from OD-ing on this stuff!

Some other remedies that I have heard about but did not try:

  • Raw garlic 6x a day—I think Michael would divorce me. Even though he was unable to smell.
  • Olive leaf extract and grapeseed extract
  • spicy food
  • zinc (I usually do this one, but didn’t have any)
  • sleep with raw onions cut open…this was supposed to be good for a congested newborn. In reality, I did this when I made soup but I don’t think Mike or Ella would have been amused by me sleeping with them
  • Goldenseal
  • Manitoba honey…too expensive. I had my raw honey. If I didn’t get better they had these manitoba lozenges I was looking into buying haha

What are your cold remedies? Craziest you’ve heard of?


Well, last but not least I had to make a huge pot of Jewish penicillin. This is my mom’s recipe, that I have revised. She’s not Jewish, but  makes a mean chicken soup.

It’s so simple to make, lasts for days, you can freeze it, and it surely will make you feel better & warm your soul!

Moms Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Gluten Free


E to the Weez goes crazy for it. This was a huge plate, but that girl put it down! And then some. I was shocked but her little tummy. She’s not much of a pasta gal though. I don’t really do much grains, maybe a little here and there but not on the regular. I like to try to add healthy GF grains in with Ella because I feel active, growing toddlers need more than us adults (even though each of us vary in our nutritional needs in general). If we are eating the same thing I will have a little bit too!  I had to sneak it in with her bites of chicken because she’s just not that into it.

Verdict? Two days and I was healthy again. Proof…well..…Pretend you just didn’t look at my delicious soup for a second. Okay. Now then, I do the snot test. I always want my clients to cancel if they are sick, and I do the same. I cancelled my yoga practice session with some fellow TT students, and my bootcamp client in Sunday. By Monday morning, I was luckily feeling MUCH better! A new gal! Still sounded congested, but I was crystal clear in the snot department. Sorry. But if you need to know all my tricks, I won’t hold back. My hot yoga power hour cleansed the last of it and sealed the deal on my cold. Michael on the other hand—he’s not as enthusiastic as I am. He did one Emergen-C per day and soup…the cold lingers….I think he’s a day behind me in recovery. Let’s hope.

Tell me what works for you when you get sick?

Also, tell me I’m not the only kook that goes all psycho by the threat of illness?


Also..check out this awesome home made ginger ale recipe by Maria Emmerich. It’s not loaded with crappy chemicals and GMO sugar either! Definitely worth bookmarking for cold and flu season—and for my pregnant friends Smile

Night Night!,


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness December 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

Love this recipe! That soup looks so warm and comforting. I’m totally going to try it cold or not!


2 laury December 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I love it cold or not 😉


3 Troy December 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

The soup looks really good, especially if your sick. I love when the soup is made with real chicken pieces. This is great for a healthy snack.


4 laury December 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

definitely, thanks!


5 Maria@healthydiaries December 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

I’m the same exact way when I feel like I’m getting sick. Interesting to see how you got much better before Michael, I bet he’s kicking himself in the butt right now! I’m really trying my best not to get sick this winter. I started eating lots of fermented foods instead of just taking my probiotics. I read that one serving of fermented veggies can have up to 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. I couldn’t believe it! I decided to switch since it was more bang for my buck and also because I started to see improvements in my skin after eating some sauerkraut for a week.


6 laury December 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Yes, fermented food is where it’s at!!! I have yet to make my own though. I am really hoping to get more into it. I just asked for a couple of books for Xmas and looking for more recommendations on fermenting and sprouting if you know of any?


7 Stacey December 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I had a headcold last week and I was so upset at myself. I’m never sick; I’m not sure what changed this year. My father-in-law has been in the hospital for 70+ days so I have a feeling I picked something up there since we spend every weekend with him. Glad to hear you are feeling better and thanks for the suggestions!


8 laury December 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Yes, we can not always control what happens! Colds suck! I am sorry to hear about your FIL, hope he is okay!


9 melissa December 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I am right there with you but I am gonna take a couple of your tricks and try them out- esp the soup.

I do not being sick or injured for that matter so I try all I can to ward it off at the pass. The extra work and dilegence is worth it to me. However, I do not often share my extra efforts because I do feel a tad kooky about it all. I know a woman who likes to be sick and says it gives her time to rest. I would rather take my rest days while feeling good but to each her own.

Thanks again for sharing. As far as injury- I am 27 weeks pregnant and over did it with the weights and now have a scalene injury. Can you share with me some of your fitness routine tips for a well balance workout while pregnant- esp for the arms and legs. I am wondering if I should swtich from weights to yoga until I give birth…


10 laury December 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Wow! She likes to be sick because it gives her a rest? She must have a very stressful, high demand life! I don’t know anyone that would welcome an uncomfortable break! I am with you…would rather be healthy when I enjoy my relax time!

Congratulations on your pregnancy!! The best thing you can do while pregnant is to stay active, yet listen to your body. You need to have a constant dialogue with yourself finding hat feels right and what doesn’t. It’s much different than when you are not pregnant–even though we like to deny it! I know I did!

If your injury heals, and you get clearance, you can still strength train with weights- as long as it feels right. You have to ask yourself if you really think it is doing harm or good. You may need to use less weight, and in a more moderate way than you’re used to! Walk, elliptical, do body weight exercises (like squats using a balance ball on the wall), and things that won’t trip up your balance too much or strain your neck and upper back Yoga is great, but some of the poses can be clenching. Prenatal is pretty mild, always let your teacher know what’s going on with you and she can give you helpful stretches and modify the workout.

Regarding your injury, I assume you saw a doctor that made his recommendations? Getting treatment (therapy)? Massage? If I were you I would hold off on upper body strength training until it heals. Ask your health care provider treating you for the injury about what you can do do stay strong during pregnancy, without stressing those muscles. Also, watch your form and amount of weights used–maybe check with a physical therapist or PT about form to prevent that injury from recurring! Maybe switching to therabands instead of weights will help keep up with amrs/back/shoulders while not stressing your body too much? Definitely get it worked on. There’s lots of clenching in childbirth, you don’t want an injury! You also want your strength! Just be mindful, present and listen to that baby 😉

Also…I did not do this, but wish that I had, will def do it next pregnancy–SWIM! It’s the best for pregnant women. Not only is it cardio…but it’s strength training without the pressure on your joints! From what I hear it’s glorious while pregnant, your belly feels weightless! I had to modify my workouts so much at the end, swimming would have been perfect. I regret not joining a pool or a Y back then now!
Good luck!


11 thedelicateplace December 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

you can use tap water with the neti pot it you boil it first then let it cool..but like who has time for that lol? my cold remedy is drinking bone broth (made from beef bones or chicken carcass) and a ginger carrot zinger juice i make with a TON of ginger 😉


12 laury December 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Ohhh I did have carrot ginger soup too (from the store), it opened me up! Need to try it in juice form! I bet that is great for colds!

And yea…too lazy to do all that with the boiling and cooling down when I feel crappy 😉


13 Lisa @ Healthy Diaries December 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Ok, i totally would’ve freaked about the neti pot thing and using tap water! lol!
I’m definitely going to keep your tips to get rid of a cold the next time me or Rinaldo gets sick! So glad Ella seems to be safe from catching it!

Your Mom’s chicken soup looks delicious! I’m going to make some today in the crock pot!


14 thehealthyapron January 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

Whoa!! I can’t say I do much when I get sick. I just let it come and go as it pleases but typicalliy, as long as I keep eating healthy and stay active, it usually passes within a few days (week at the most).

I hate even talking about being sick though!! haha I feel like that brings it on!


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