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Spicy Tomato Tea: The #1 Remedy To Cure Severe Sinus Congestion
7/16/2007: Jean Woolhiser (JeannieW[@]gmail.com) from Franklin, WI writes: "PLEASE, PLEASE. REPLACE ALL THE OLD TEXT about the tomato tea with the following text as its much more concise and has been refined. Thank you! :)
I first sent in this recipe in 2002, I think. I've been studying people's comments on it and have revised it accordingly. Email me at JeannieW[@]gmail.com if you have questions. Thank you to everyone who has posted their comments. It really makes my day (and makes me cry! :) when I read how this recipe is helping others!
It works fast (in most cases) and tastes great! These ingredients are well-known serious herbals for their medicinal properties... Used together they do wonders for sinus/ear infections, colds, coughing and sore throat. We've even found it to kill flu germs and strep throat (with no antibiotics).
TOMATO TEA RECIPE
2 cups V8 Juice
2-3 cloves Garlic crushed (use more if you can)
2 T Lemon Juice
Hot Sauce (the more the better, so as much as you can handle)
Mix and heat in a pan or in the microwave. Sip slowly and re-warm as needed to get the full effects of the fumes. Let it sit in the back of your throat to bathe it. Suck the fumes through your sinuses and also down into your lungs. Its all natural and healthy, so drink as much of it as you want or need until you are SURE the infection is gone. This is past the time when you "feel better."
This appears to be the best recipe, but from the comments, people often don't have the right ingredients. Don't let that hold you back. Use whatever you have available. Below are some substitutes that may not work as well or as fast, but will still help. I've listed them by their likely effectiveness:
V8 Juice - tomato juice, vegetable juice, canned or fresh tomatoes crushed, tomato soup (if really desperate, try another kind of fruit juice, vegetable soup or even chicken soup. You're aiming for high Vit C content)
Garlic - garlic in olive oil, dehydrated garlic, garlic salt (aiming for the strong anti-bacterial/fungal effects)
Lemon Juice - Fresh lemons, bottled juice, limes, lime juice, oranges, frozen lemonade
Hot Sauce - ANY kind of hot sauce works, fresh hot peppers, cayenne pepper, dried pepper flakes (if really desperate, try horseradish, black pepper or even mustard. You're aiming for the highly anti-bacterial/fungal properties of capsaicin which is found in hot peppers, and its effectiveness at clearing out the sinuses.)
1. Capsaicin (found in hot peppers) is actually soothing to the stomach. In addition, it's a pain killer (good for sore throats), and is also one of the main ingredients used in herbal recipes for killing fungal infections like Candida, which is closely related to all kinds of physical problems we have, including allergies.
2. You can add Worcestershire sauce and celery salt to make it taste just like a bloody mary mix.
3. Drink it just because it tastes good, and you probably won't get an infection in the first place. :)"
07/19/2008: JeanW (JeannieW@gmail.com) from Franklin, WI writes: "I've seen a number of nays on the tomato tea remedy where people say it helps for a while and then they get congested again. As one person mentioned, and its a very good point, you may have nasal polyps and the only thing that will help that is to have them removed.
However, I believe there are some other possibilities here. The nasal passages are fairly large. If you're becoming re-congested, it may be that its mucous moving down from another area of the nasal passages. Give it time, they will clear out.
Also, when your body is trying to get rid of an infection, it works extra hard at it. Its possible your body is creating more mucous to isolate the offending germs and push them out.
Some people think that one or a couple drinks will do the trick, and in many cases, that's been true as you can see from the testimonials. Others its taken a few hours or even days.
But think about it... the germs are running around all over your body, your immunity is down or you wouldn't have the infection in the first place. It may take some time... everyone is different. This remedy will build up your immune system, and in most cases, deals with the symptoms in a very short time. There is no limit to the amount you can have in a day... this isn't a pharmaceutical drug. These are natural ingredients... drink as much as you want as often as you want!"
6/21/2007: Wendi from FtWayne, Indiana writes: "I came across an article on Tomato Tea (particularly for sinus infection). It really does work ! We have been using a similiar recipe for 20 years. The recipe we have always used is as follows:
1 can/jug of V8
2 cloves of GARLIC
2 LEMONS juiced
2 tbsp HONEY
pinch of CAYENNE
* African Cayenne if you can find it
* Fresh Lemons
* Put the clove of garlic under a wide knife and smash it-this seems to release the properties better than chopping
* V8 or Tomato juice- we always used V8 because it has more flavor
* Keep the concoction simmering on low and drink through out the day
* Alter amounts of ingredients as you see fit.
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[YEA] I owe it to Jean to give my feedback and all of you who shared their experiences as well.
It's an astounding 'YES' it worked.
I have allergic rhinitis for about 8 years now. I've always taken synthetic drugs, at first the drowsy antihistamines, then steroid sprays and recently Montelukast. They somehow helped one way or another but it's either I got sleepy or they can't be used for a long term period as maintainance med.
Last month I decided to go natural. It's safer and as effective I thought. I tried a herbal supplement with cinnamon, spanish needles and acerola cherry as main ingredients. It wonderfully worked but unfortunately my body hyper-reacted to it, possibly to cinnamon or to silicon dioxide (preservative), and I got itches and rashes and had to stop.
I searched for other natural alternatives and found garlic, which eventually led me here. I tried it today 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the afternoon. I noticed the clearing effect in my sinus around 30mins after I finished the whole cup. My sinus felt lighter. From 1-10, 1 being the lowest effect (clearing of sinus) and 10 the highest, I'd rate it 9.5). Same results when I drank in the morning and in the afternoon. Indeed my voice sounded better too when I sang!
I used tomato juice, freshly extracted from the wonderful vegetable simmering 7 pcs of them in 2 glasses of water. I have allergy to orange and lemons so I used Calamansi about 6 pcs (about 2-3 Tbsp). I used 2 red hot chilli peppers instead of hot sauce (although I feel I could bear adding a couple more- this for a person who dislikes spicy). Then 2 Tbsp of honey and 2pinches of salt for flavor (I'm still curious about the Worcestershire sauce).
I was at home today, Sunday. I'm bringing 2 glasses tomorrow at the office, where my allergic rhinitis is usually worse. I hope to give you feedback on what happens tomorrow and the following days.
Thank you very much Jean for sharing this and to all for sharing your experiences as well. This is a great blessing indeed.
[YEA] Wow, I just tried this because both sides of my nostrils were completely clogged. I actually used progressive tomato soup as the base. It worked immediately. I have ridiculous allergies sometimes and the only medicine that works is claritin d but it makes me crazy sleepy. This worked even quicker without the sleepy side effect.
[YEA] My 8 y.o. Son had really serious allergy to dust, cat, etc. Before tomato tea he always sounds nasay & breathes thru his mouth day & night. My heart breaks seeing him like that. Bcz I remember suffering like that 1st 20 years of my life too - I had nasal polyps.
Anyway, thanks to EC, he's been on tomato tea for 4 months and finally this couple weeks we noticed that he is not clogged anymore. So many times we also give up then I would come back here to read other people's comments & trod on again. I also give him lots of Vit C, water & varieties of fruits.
Good luck! Don't give up looking for alternatives!
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