This has worked well for me and my husband when we are fighting an illness. I call it my fire breathing soup. That's how it feels when I am eating it. But it really loosens up the mucus to help you breathe again. Might want to have some tissues nearby while you are eating this. I rarely use all the ingredients in my soup because I don't have mint or parsley on hand. But I make sure to use the red onion (I think it has more immune fighting benefits), fresh garlic, lemon juice, ginger, and cayenne pepper.
Great for colds, congestion, and flu!!
Recipe and information given to me by Dr. Jose Allas in Lubbock, TX
Dr. Ziment's Recipe for Garlic Chicken Soup (modified)
2 cans low sodium chicken broth (or 3 1/2 cups homemade broth)
1 head of Garlic (about 15 cloves, peeled and crushed)
1 medium Red onion, quartered
1/2 to 1tsp Cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp minced parsley and cilantro
1 tsp minced basil and mint leaves
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
salt to taste
"It is important to crush the garlic - this action activates an enzyme allinase which then works on the active ingredient allicin. Use fresh garlic and crush it yourself. Wait 5 to 10 minutes before frying; this allows the allinase to work on the allicin. Crushed garlic is effective gainst bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Put all ingredients except lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Add lemon juice and salt to taste. You may inhale the therapeutic fumes. Take 1 to 2 cupfuls everyday until you are well. "
Quick Tip: Sautee your crushed garlic and onion in oil. Then add a can of chicken soup and your spices.