Zei Gezunt with Bubbe's Remedies
For Cold, Flu and Sore Throats
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H
The Famed Gogle Mogle - When the chest is terribly congested and
talking is difficult, it is time for Bubbe’s “wonder drug” - the famous
“Gogle Mogle” (Pronounce both words like dog followed by the letter
“L”). What is it, you may ask? Who knows. . . Bubbe didn’t even know the
origin of this concoction, let alone its literal meaning – but she swore
Mix all the ingredients together and voila! Maybe it’s not the most
tasty of drinks, but if it does the job, who is to argue? (A note:
Please keep in mind that Bubbe did not know about raw eggs and
Chicken Soup - The old favorite. This old time remedy from bubbe’s kitchen, the hardy chicken soup, works well in fighting the
congestion that accompanies a cold. In 1978 Mt. Sinai Medical Center in
Miami Beach published study that concurred with bubbe’s remedy. Chicken
soup, the “Jewish penicillin” works.
Further proof of its effectiveness came more recently in Dr. Irwin
Ziment of UCLA findings. Apparently, chicken, a protein food, contains
an amino acid called cysteine, which is chemically similar to a drug
called acetylcysteine. Acetylcysteine is prescribed for people with
respiratory infections because it thins the mucous in the lungs.
• Garlic flavored Chicken Soup -
A delicious recipe for a cold or flu! - Another tasty concoction
Sautee a half a dozen cloves of garlic in oil, being careful not to let
Add a quart of stock, and let it come to a boil for just a few moments.
Lower the heat.
Separate two eggs and add the whites to the hot liquid, stirring
Mix the yolks with two Tablespoons of vinegar and then pour them in.
Add salt and pepper according to taste.
Garlic Cloves and Onions - Bubbe had a remedy for regular colds as
well. Eating garlic cloves or onion was just the ticket when a sore
throat signaled the beginning of a cold.
West Garlic - Wearing garlic cloves around our necks wards off colds. Bubbe’s
Onion Juice - When a cold was accompanied by a heavy wet
cough, Bubbe got busy in her kitchen.
The Onion Juice Recipe is as
Dice onions and fill a one-liter glass jar
Sugar is to be added - one tablespoon of sugar to one tablespoon of
Put the mixture in a pot, cover with water, and boil for 45 minutes. Let
Sugared onions should be placed in a cheese-cloth.
Squeeze the cheesecloth to obtain the juice of the onions.
Bubbe’s recommended dose: “Take two table spoons of onion juice every two hours and watch your cough disappear.”
Bankes – Cupping (Heated Drinking Glasses) - Watch some old films and you just might see someone using “bankes.” These are heated glass cups placed on the chest of one suffering from a cold. The cups form a vacuum which pulls the phlegm out of the chest. It does indeed relieve the pain and pressure.
There a number of dangers, of course, of which burning of the skin is a chief concern.
Mustard Pack - Or another old time favorite of bubbe’s was the smelly mustard pack which she placed on our chests as soon as she suspected a cold was eminent.
Cabbage Juice - Gargle with white cabbage juice to help soothe a sore throat.
If your grandmother, aunt, or neighbor revealed an old-fashioned remedy
to you, and you would like to share it with us all, please send it to
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