Grandma’s Cabinet: home remedy for the summer cold

10 Jul

There is probably nothing worse that getting sick—the down-on-your-knees sniffling, coughing-up-a-storm kind of ill—in the summertime. Got the idea? That is what happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I wouldn’t know how I happened to get that sick. We spent the weekend in a breathtaking estate in Warrenton, Virginia for the wedding of our good friends Jeff and Marla. We enjoyed seeing old friends, ate good food, took a scenic bike ride, wept at the ceremony, danced at the reception, got sick. In that order.


I’ve had the idea of introducing this new section of the blog for a while, but I couldn’t find the right time. Well, now the time has found me. Grandma’s Cabinet will feature all the home remedies my grandmother Piera and my aunt Cesarina (and my mom Patrizia for that matter) have taught, concocted and given me through the years.

The simplest, and may I say the most effective, is the remedy for the summer cold: a cup of hot milk (don’t heat in the microwave, let it simmer slowly in a small pot) with a spoonful of honey right before bed. It’s not a secret remedy, but it has worked for me every time and I found that the better quality the honey, the better the results. To that end, I only use local honey from nearby Virginia farms: a rich, flowery taste that lingers in your mouth.

Give it a try and let me know if it works for you!

6 Responses to “Grandma’s Cabinet: home remedy for the summer cold”

  1. Barbara Hutchinson July 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    My grandmother used to advocate a teaspoon of whiskey with a teaspoon of honey. I’m sure the whiskey was to kill germs while honey soothed the throat but your recipe sounds healthier and probably more effective!

    • theitalianfork July 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your grandma’s remedy Barbara! My grandma used that remedy, too!🙂

  2. Lynn May 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Thank you. I have been searching for someone who knew this since my grandmother died. It always works : )

    • theitalianfork May 16, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      So glad you found it! I agree, it always work. No matter the ailment, it just does the trick.🙂

  3. Amber August 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Will this work with soy milk?🙂

    • theitalianfork September 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Absolutely! I’ve tried it myself and it had the same effect.

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