Cold Busting Onion Soup

It’s time for the annual nasal marathon and this year, my nose ran for three days, beating his personal best. If you are thinking of avoiding the race this year, or if you are already running sick, perhaps this recipe can help you. This onion soup gets the nod of approval by a cook (myself) and a naturopath (myself) for being medicinal yet palatable. Every single ingredient in this soup has its place in helping you fight a hayfever, cold or flu.

Ingredients (serves 2) :

1 large yellow onion (Sulphur containing phytonutrients helps fight the bugs. Specifically used in homoeopathy to treat nasty post nasal drip)

0.5 cup chopped fresh mushrooms (Lends a hand to your immune system)

2 cloves garlic (Like onion, this natural antibiotic needs no introduction)

5 slices ginger (Warming and anti-inflammatory, ginger is also a natural anti-histamine)

1 cinnamon stick (Warming, anti-inflammatory action helps reduce those swollen sinuses)

1 tsp coriander seeds (Another wonderfully tasty antibiotic)

1 tsp peppercorn (Warming and aids in the absorption of nutrients)

4 drops oil of oregano (Ridiculously powerful antioxidant and nemesis of the nasties)

500 ml chicken broth (Rich in amino acids for your healing needs)


Slice onions thinly. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add in the onion. Cook for 15 mins or until onion has caramelized to golden brown.

Throw in cinnamon stick, coriander seeds, peppercorn, ginger, chicken broth, mushrooms and water and simmer over low heat for 30 mins.

Pierce garlic cloves with a fork and leave it in a hot oven to roast for 15 mins. Remove skin, mash and set aside.

Remove saucepan from heat and stir in oil of oregano.

Serve with a dollop of mashed garlic.


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