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Relaxation-at-Home newsletter, Issue #021 -- Stay healthy and relax at home
March 11, 2009

In you live in Canada or in the northern part of the United States, you're probably looking forward to spring. A few more days and the snow will be gone (or at least start to melt...)

Unfortunately, spring is also associated with colds and flu and if you're not suffering from one right now, you probably know somehow who is.

To help you stay healthy and relax at home, I thought I would give you some homemade cough recipes that taste good as well as some comfort food suggestions that will help you feel better.

Dealing with a Cold

You could spend a fortune on cold and flu remedies at your local drugstore but most have been proven ineffective in reducing the duration of your cold. I guess the important feature of these remedies is that they make you FEEL better, which is important too!

Fortunately, homemade remedies can also make you feel better and you won't have to spend a fortune as most of these ingredients are readily available in your kitchen:
  • A bowl of chicken soup: if you're interested, you can find a homemade recipe here as well as a list of store-bought chicken soups sorted in order of effectiveness against a cold. To summarize it, the top three soups were:

    • Knorr's Chicken Flavor Chicken Noodle
    • Campbell's Home Cookin' Chicken Vegetable
    • Campbell's Healthy Request Chicken Noodle

  • Asian cough remedy: put 5 cloves into a cup of honey (250 ml), mix it and leave it in the fridge overnight. The next morning, remove the cloves and eat a teaspoon of "flavoured" honey, which will help soothe your throat.

  • Get rid of phlegm: chop up 6 onions finely and put them in a double-boiler with 1 cup of honey (don't forget to put water in the bottom). Cover and let it simmer for about 2 hours. Strain the mixture and keep it in a jar. The pungency of the onions will help clear out phlegm and you can take 15 ml (1 tablespoon) every few hours.

Comfort Food

Of course, comfort food makes you feel better when you're sick but you may not be able to enjoy the full flavour of what you eat!

To read more on the effects of comfort food, read this scientific study:

Psychological articles on comfort food

If you're looking for the ultimate comfort food, I recommend


If you're looking for the best chocolate on earth, that's the place to get it, but you may want to save it until your tastebuds can really enjoy it!

Book of the Month

And don't forget to check out my my two book of the month recommendations (one fiction and one non-fiction) right here:

Book of the Month

You and a girlfriend can get pampered

Warm up some hot cocoa, invite a friend over and have a night of indulging, relaxing and beautifying with LUSH's limited edition skin care sampler pack for just $20.

LUSH 7 products for $20

Upcoming Pages

I will be adding several pages to various areas of the site as time permits. Stay posted and come back to visit Relaxation at Home.

That's it for this month.

Relax and enjoy!

Caroline Begin
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