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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Choco for Sniffles


This post is lovingly dedicated to Heidi, the author of Health Nut Wannabee Mom. She loves chocolate as much as I do and I'm sure she's going to love this yummy way of treating a cold.

With the cold months coming, here's a sweet way of relieving nasal congestion: A cup of delicious, decadent hot chocolate spiced with cayenne pepper. Now, who wouldn't love that? That's a great way to treat a cold!

Studies show that the capsaicin in cayenne has powerful antibacterial properties that can relieve nasal congestion, while the theobromine found in chocolate proves to be an effective cough treatment. Cayenne, by the way are made from ground pods and seeds of pungent red peppers of the genus Capsicum.

If you feel a cold coming on, melt a few ounces of chocolate [ the dark ones are better] in a cup of fat-free/low-fat milk, sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Then snuggle up with a good book or put on a good movie and sip away the sniffles.

9 comments :

Kathy said...

Boy do I wish I had known about this a few days ago before I got hit with a killer cold. Great info to have, though! Thanks!

Would you be interested in a link exchange with my newest blog? It sure could use a little link-love to get up and running and your blog seems to be a somewhat similar niche.

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

Yes! Finally! I have been waiting my whole life for wonderful news like this!!! You just made my day, year, month! I am printing this and would love it if I can put this on my blog as a quick tip with a link to you. I don't know where you discovered this but woooohhooo! I think I feel a cold now and need this. How sweet for the dedication. I needed this!

Kelly said...

Cold or not, this is a fine remedy for feeling down even if you don't have the sniffles. Thanks for sharing this.

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MIRA said...

Thanks for this wonderful tip Liz, I'm one person who doesn't take medicine right away till I have to. I will try home remedies first while I can manage it, lol. Have a nice Sunday!

BK said...

What a great natural way of relieving nasal congestion. I believe a lot of people will love this! :)

Gin said...

wow! nice tip. I usually catch cold during the first quarter of the year. This will be a yummy alternative to my usual nasal decongestion tables...thanks for sharing!

Mommie said...

That sounds actually pretty good! I'll keep it in mind.

Mommie

Mekhismom said...

This is a great remedy. I also love chocolate truffles with chili. It sounds strange but Haute Chocolaté does a great version which is very yummy.

 
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