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A few months ago, when I felt the early symptoms of a cold coming on, a coworker made me her cold remedy concoction—slices of ginger, squeeze of lemon juice, a squirt or two of Sriracha hot sauce, and very hot water. It was like drinking a spicy Thai broth. Lemon provides the vital cold-fighting vitamin C and is known to soothe sore throats as is ginger, which also can reduce sinus pain. The capsicum in the hot sauce helps fight the infection. I drank several mugfuls of the drink at work that day and then over the next few days, and it did, in fact, help lessen my cold symptoms. And now I have Sriracha in my fridge as a medicinal and regular staple—I love it and have been putting it on everything.

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    I make something similar that was given to me by a friend from Taiwan. It's ginger tea, made from fresh ginger root. Just chop the ginger, add to a soup pot of boiling water, let steep for 15 min. I add lemon and honey for taste, but that was not part of the original, it was suggested if I didn't care for the taste of ginger-which I do not.

    I drink this by the mugful constantly at the first sign of a cold, you do need to be close to a bathroom. After 2 days, my cold was gone. It's not possible to OD on ginger, at least not to my knowledge. The honey is great to soothe your throat.

    I would like to try this one, is the hot sauce a Thai hot sauce?

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    I purchased my first bottle of Sriracha about a week ago after seeing it and hearing about it for years, and I already find myself subconsciously wanting to create whole meals around it.

    That stuff is incredibly good, genuinely addictive, and I'm not the least surprised to find that it can cure the common cold.

    Okay, I know you didn't actually say it cured it, but I'm saying it probably did. It is the Chuck Norris of hot sauce, in my opinion.

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    Sriracha is a Thai hot sauce, made from a blend of dried chiles and garlic. Most of the bottles found in the United States are made by Huy Fong Foods based in California. I recently topped a pancake with an egg and ate the duo with both maple syrup and Sriracha. A friend of mine eats his waffles that way, so I thought I'd try it out, too. It was delicious.

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    This recipe helped me survive a bout of pneumonia!!! I sometimes added honey. I recently was told that I could have increased the medicinal value by also adding turmeric - but I'm much better, so I didn't try that.

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    I've just joined and found so many little tips already, this one is great, saved me from a potentially dreadful week. Thanks!

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    I use some variation of this like ginger, honey, lemon / vinegar .. never used hot sauce. Will give it a shot next time. Here are a few tips I use to stay away from cold :

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