Having a cold in the middle of a summer should be treated differently then a cold during the winter. The mechanism of a summer cold is different because of environmental factors such as heat, pollens, and stress on the body that differs from the winter stress. I have worked out a soup recipe that uses the principles from Chinese medicine. The Chinese often talk about the difference in season and what items should be consumed during the year.
This soup is directed to helping the body recover during a warm-damp summer season.
- Chicken – with skin and bones
- 1 large sweet potato sliced
- 1 large leek sliced
- 4 carrots
- for seasoning use:
- fresh cilantro herbs
- dried ginger
This time – I used chicken stock since I had to help a friend get to work and I did not have time to really cook down the chicken.
The first thing you are going to want to do is brown the skin in the chicken in the pot. The fat from the skin is good for the body. After the chicken is browned remove it from the pot and then add the leeks, carrots and mushrooms. While they are browning throw in the fresh chopped garlic.
Once the garlic, mushrooms, carrots and leeks are cooked, add the chicken broth and simmer. Cut up the chicken into desired your desired size and add it to the pot.
Once the chicken is fully cooked, add a small amount of clove, dried ginger, rosemary, and cinnamon to taste. Put in the cilantro and sweet potatoes and continue to simmer until the potatoes are fully cooked.
The Leeks are designed to help address nasal congestion. The mushrooms are for helping the body remove phlegm. The clove, ginger, and cinnamon is designed to help strengthen the immune system. The chicken helps to dry out the body of excess phlegm. Garlic is known to help fight virus. Sweet potatoes help to strengthen the body to build a stronger immune system.
I whipped up this soup and drove it over to my friends house. The poor guy looked like he was going to die from his summer cold. After about 30 minutes, he looked much better and did go to work that evening.
Yes, this is a good combo for a summer-flu