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This recipe is so old that Father Time doesn't remember its origins! Just about every culture claims it, so we can all call it "Grandma's Soothing Remedy". The healing properties for the mixture are much better without the sugar -- which is chemically processed and refined (even brown sugar), and adds difficulty to digestion. Raw, uncooked honey is a natural antisceptic. So, if you leave out the sugar, your results will be that much more powerful. Also, for added sweetness, try wildflower and orange blossom honey. Feel better!

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FitQueen September 03, 2003

Just made this, added extra honey instead of the sugar. Woke up from coughing, have bronchitis, and after drinking this, I have stopped coughing:) It really does work!!!! Thank you so much Marli for posting this.

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slickchick October 23, 2010

I never would have thought this would work. But as a last ditch effort I tried it. Within about an hour, my family noticed the difference even! Felt awful again several hours later, so I'm doing it again, but it's certainly giving me some relief!

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bzsoccermom January 09, 2009

Wow, this is a delicious concoction and so soothing when you are not feeling too well. My DH has the flu, and I am fighting it right now, so I made a couple of mugs for us. We both really enjoyed it, it was hot and steaming relief. I am assuming that the tablets are like our Aspirin, so that is what we took with it. I added extra honey, and cut down on the sugar. Thanks for a really good recipe!

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~Leslie~ September 23, 2005

This mix gave me some much needed relief earlier this week from a nasty cold/flu bug... I have recommended your recipe to family and friends, thank you so much for posting it :)

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BowerBird June 29, 2005

an austrian friend of mine told me to add 1tsp fresh grated ginger to the above recipe found it helps loosen phlegm

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aaroncummings February 09, 2005

This drink is so good and so soothing for a sore throat. I made some while I had the flu and it really did make me feel better! Thanks for a great home remedy!

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Little Bee January 30, 2005

Is this the best, or what? My family has made this concoction for generations and it does work. Honey is a natural disinfectant, so watch out germs. You're outta there!!! Also try honey on burns. A DEFINITE help in the long term. I'll post this separately, but just in case some poor victim of the cooties is reading this, here it is right in front of you. To TOTALLY get rid of a sore or even strep throat, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into about six ounces of water. Take a tablespoon of this mixture and gargle with it, spitting out the mix. Immediately, take another tablespoon - gargle and now swallow. Now, every hour, take a tablespoon, gargle and swallow. Within a day, you are free of any discomfort, but continue for another day to ensure that strep is gone. I am suseptible to strep and this works everytime!!! Thank goodeness...and thank Mother Nature for all this natural medicine.

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DeSouter November 08, 2004

My mom always fixed a version of this for us when we were young. She made it using tea, though. If you eliminate the sugar, use 2 tablespoons of honey instead of 2 teaspoons, you have a great soother for a cough. Just sit back, relax, breath in the steam and sip. Sore throats and coughs simply vanish. Thanks for reminding me of this great old remedy.

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Simply Chris November 08, 2004

I've been living on this for several days now (minus the tablets); it's very much like something my mom used to make for me. I did use double the amount of honey instead of honey and sugar, though. I've used lemon juice from a bottle, too, when I didn't have lemons...I kind of miss the pulp that way but it works. ;o) Thanks for posting!

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winkki November 08, 2004
Aussie Cold & Flu Remedy