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REAL FOOD Heals: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup | A Natural Remedy that WORKS for cold, flu, and viruses! | TWO recipes here - one for homestyle and one for quicky chicky soup | From WholesomeMommy.com

Most of us can recall being sick as a child and our mothers giving us chicken noodle soup and a some kind of clear liquid.  It seemed be soothing to us when we had a cold, the flu, or any other virus.  But, is there more to this home remedy?

The Science Behind Chicken Noodle Soup

A medical journal titled, Chest published a study in 2000, written by Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is but one scientific study done on the medicinal properties of chicken soup. Dr. Rennard conducted laboratory tests to determine why chicken soup might help colds, beginning with his wife’s homemade recipe, handed down by her Lithuanian grandmother. Using blood samples from volunteers, he showed that the soup inhibited the movement of neutrophils, the most common type of white blood cell that defends against infection. Dr. Rennard theorizes that by inhibiting the migration of these infection-fighting cells in the body, chicken soup essentially helps reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms.

Another study by Mount Sinai researchers in Miami also suggests that chicken soup has more than just a placebo effect. They looked at how chicken soup affected air flow and mucus in the noses of 15 volunteers who drank cold water, hot water or chicken soup. In general, the hot fluids helped increase the movement of nasal mucus, but chicken soup did a better job than the hot water, according to the 1978 report, also published in Chest. Chicken soup also improves the function of protective cilia, the tiny hairlike projections in the nose that prevent contagions from entering the body, according to a 1998 Coping With Allergies and Asthma report.

How I Fight a Cold/Flu/Virus

Lots of families have their own version of chicken noodle soup, but if you don’t have a go to recipe, you can have my real food recipe! This is the recipe I make anytime someone is sick {or just because I’m craving this comfort food}. Sometimes I’ll make extra or put the left over in a freezer safe container so I can pop it out and heat it in a hurry if I don’t have to time to make a pot from scratch when someone is sick {or if I’m the one that is sick!}.

I’m actually going to share TWO recipes: the first one is my homestyle chicken noodle soup.  This is an authentic version that is delicious and “just like grandma used to make.”  The second recipe is one I have been known to make when I need a quick soup for a sick kiddo.  My kids love the sub or Ramen noodles – they are gaga for the long kinky noodles!

When I have a sick kiddo {or hubby} I make sure to diffuse lots of Young Living Thieves essential oil {an antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious oil blend that has a 99.6% rate of killing airborne microorganisms in just 12 minutes of diffusing!}.  I also rub theives oil and oregano essential oils on the bottoms of the sick person’s feet.  I feed them lots of this yummy chicken soup along with fresh squeezed lemonade {much better clear liquid choice for colds – it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup, the lemon breaks up mucus, and it sits well on sick tummies}.

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup | PLUS A RECIPE FOR QUICKY CHICKY SOUP - a quick soup for a sick day!  |SCience has proven there is something to grandma's remedy for colds, flu, & viruse! | From WholesomeMommy.com

Need a quick bowl of “liquid chicken penicillin?”  Here’s my super fast version that my kids adore.

Here’s a tip: If your bone broth is frozen, run it under hot water or microwave it on your defrost setting for a few minutes.  Don’t worry if it is still partially frozen, as long as you can get it out of the container.  It will melt in the pot when you bring the soup to a simmer.


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  1. Thank you so much for this recipe as well as the homemade chicken stock one. I never knew I could make my own stock so easily at home. The fact that I can make 1 chicken stretch into 4-5 meals for us is an added bonus! I’ve tried to make chicken soup from home before (using canned broth) and it never turned out as good as this soup does (and the quality is amazing!). I’ll never buy canned chicken soup again!

    • Denisesawyer says:

      Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. I am so happy you are finding success with these recipes…that is so exciting to me!
      Wholesome Mommy

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