Ula’s Secret Weapon for Colds

Someone’s been sick in our household for two weeks straight now – 11 days it has been me. We’ve all been told that chicken soup is good for the cold – well, I have a cruelty-free secret weapon up my sleeve. I took many different ingredients from various cultures known for their cold-staving powers. This broth is good for clearing the airways and making you feel good – physically and mentally. Enjoy!

The garlic and ginger help clear your airways, ginger is especially useful because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Turmeric also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory processes, it reduces fevers and cough. Turmeric is used with milk as an Ayurvedic remedy for cough, sore throat and colds.

I usually make this soup several days in a row, increasing its spiciness with each day. I recommend making it as spicy as you can handle it.

2 teaspoons canola oil
1 medium onion
4 cloves of garlic (more or less depending on your liking)
approx. 3 in (7.5 cm) fresh ginger
¾ teaspoon turmeric powder
chili flakes (as many as you can handle)
3 cups vegetable broth (homemade is best, but store-bought will do)
2-3 tablespoons dairy-free sour cream or yoghurt (optional)
hand blender (optional)


  1. Chop onion, press garlic and grate ginger.
  2. Heat oil in a pot, and add the onion. (If you are trying to reduce your oil intake, you can always add a few tablespoons of broth in place of the oil.) Let simmer until it releases its juices, then add the ginger and let simmer for another 30 seconds. Next, add the garlic, turmeric and chili. Simmer 20 seconds.
  3. Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  4. (Optional) Reduce the heat. Stir in the sour cream (I use oat sour cream). Let it cook for one more minute and then remove from heat.
  5. Blend the soup and serve.

Number of servings: 2-3


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