Another Stab at the Cure for the Common Cold


Anthony Labriola of Caffe Regatta in Pelham has a home remedy for ginger tea:

“Ginger is good for cleansing the system; lemon adds vitamin C to help fight infection and to boost the immune system, honey has vitamins and cayenne pepper stimulates circulation….

Ginger Tea

Peel and cut 1/2 inch pieces of fresh ginger root into chunks
Cover with 12 to 16 0unces of boiling hot water and let it steep as a tea
Add the honey, lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper
Drink as much as you can — the more the better.

(All my favorite flavors — and its good for me? Perfect!)


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

1 Comment

  1. Sorry to hear you’re sick, Liz. Back in my pub-managing days I would come down with a cold from time to time, usually the week or two after our grueling Boxing Day celebration — in other words, just about this time of year.

    What I’d do to desl with the cold is drink a few doses of hot tea liberally laced with honey, lemon and Jameson Irish Whiskey. The tea, honey and lemon may or may not have helped cure the cold, but the Jameson assured I didn’t really care.

    Worked every time. As an alternative, now that I’m more mature, I rely on the excellent Mexican chicken soup from La Bamba Grocery in Sparkill.

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