When something's prickling the back of my throat and I'm feelin' foggy...
1. Warm water with cayenne and lemon
2. Miso soup, properly prepped*
4. Milk, garlic, and honey**
5. Home-brewed spicy ginger tea***
6. Crystallized ginger
8. Super spicy soup****
9. My hot water bottle
10. Ass on couch!
*Boiling miso paste kills its enzymes, so what I like to do is grab a bit of ginger, a tablespoon or so of miso paste and a tablespoon of soy sauce, and blend them in a few cups of water or broth (depending on how strong you want the taste of miso). You can heat it slightly on the stove if you like, but do not boil! To finish, I chop up some green onion and throw in some wakame with a sprinkle of cayenne - yum!
**When I was little and had a sore throat, my mother would boil milk on the stovestop and add garlic and honey to it. As a vegan, I can imagine that it would work just as well with alternative milk (especially since dairy should be avoided when ill, anyway)!
***I love fresh tea. Sick or not, my favourite is boiling a kettle of water, grating up a TON of ginger and turmeric root and tossing it in along with a few sprigs of fresh mint, some lemons, and a generous pinch of cayenne. Ahh!
****My soups are pretty much all the same- a bunch of veggies blended together with jalapenos and/or cayenne (although I'll admit, one of my favourites at the moment has got to be butternut squash with orange juice)