I have made a version of Jean's Tomato tea for many years for colds with mainly the same ingredients. I love her addition of lemon juice for alkalizing (?). I agree, the more hot sauce or cayenne pepper and garlic you add the better! It is very soothing and breaks up mucus fast. Garlic is great for immune boost.
Alternatives for tomato tea.
Greetings, Having RA especially triggered by tomatos (which I love) I have managed to come up with alternative solutions.
My first line of defense is 1 tbls. 2x a day of collodial silver. coconut oil in my nose and ears. Best thing for respiratory I have found would be Ted's tea made with Mullein and lobelia with maybe a few drops of ceyenne pepper. Lemon and manuka honey warmed in cup of water. Always have the vaporizer with food grade h2o2 going. Spray back of throat with fd. grade h202 and inhale. No flu or colds in 6 years. Used to get bronchitis 2x a year along with husband. Grandchildren have visited with strep at least 4x infecting parents and friends while my husband and I remained healthy.
Wow!! My mom used to make us a similar soup when I was a child when we were sick, but I don't think she added hot sauce! It DOES WORK. I CRAVE tomato sauce and garlic whenever my immune system is fighting a bug, so I am not surprised to read it helped so many people. Can't wait to make this hot sauce version of it..
I made the tomato tea when I caught a cold a few days ago and it definitely helped the general feeling of weakness and also cleared my sinuses really fast. Yummy and medicinal.
Jean thanks so much for this tea! I waited until just before serving to add the lemon because I read somewhere that vitamin C is destroyed by cooking. It relieved my symptoms almost immediately! Fantastic!
Works Really Well - My Dad tried it and it had instant effects (unblocked nose, clearing of headache), when we got home he had another cup, but this time, blended, it was SO STRONG he started to SWEAT! After his third cup he felt better then ever.
BTW it tasted better, and was easier to drink (less spicy) when it was raw, and not blended, to do this, he squashed the garlic with hands and squashed the tomato with a bended spoon and knife.
To be honest, he didn't think it work at first, but he proved himself wrong after one sip.
I have a vitamix & used FRESH tomatoes to make my tomatoe tea. I was surpised that it tastes good. First time trying it but my throat feels better already!
I've suffered for the past week with an allergy attack that has now evolved into a sinus infection. Dry, nasty coughing fits that makes people think I'm about to puke; Sore throat; nasal congestion; major sinus pressure; headaches.
I've little to no sleep the past few nights despite using some OTC Sinus med. I refuse to go to the Dr and be put on another antibiotic.
I can across this site early this morning and found the Tomato Tea recipe. Luckily, I had all the ingredients on hand.
After sipping about 6 oz of the tea, I can breathe! I can still feel some pressure in the cavity but this is a MAJOR improvement in a very short time.
I will continue with the Tomato Tea, ACV, probiotics and tons of fluids.
You now have a faithful new follower!!
I get a cold at least once a year and when I do it always goes to my lungs and takes about a month to go away.
So when I got a cold last week I tried Jean's Tomato Tea. And within a day my head had cleared up. I drank the tea three times a day for three days and now my cold is basically gone. I always dreaded it when I got a cold. Now I have a way to knock it right out. Thank you!!
I might add, I had just canned tomatoes so instead of using V8. I opened up a jar of tomatoes and put them in the blender with some fresh jalapenos, garlic (I used more than the recipe called for) squirt of lemon juice and some seasonings.
I tried the tomato tea for cold/sinus issues and I am singing hallelujah over here!!!! I had total congestion/sinus pain and only half way through the tea did I begin to experience relief! It's tasty (like a bloody mary) and super simple to make. I've been steaming with and ingesting ACV, as well as mega-doses of Vitamin C (1000-2000 mg/day), and all of those work, but not quite as powerfully or immediately as the tea. I'm a total fan~ will keep this on my regular go-to for anything related to congestion! THANK YOU!
This stuff is working as I type. I'm down with a cold at the moment & thought I'd try this, and I'm happy to say it works. I can breathe through both nostrils again. :) I tinkered with the recipe a little, by adding a chopped onion, softened in a little olive oil, & some turmeric, black seed (nigella), black pepper & cumin. The result tastes really great which is an added incentive to keep drinking the stuff until cured. Many thanks for sharing this useful recipe.
The first time I halved a tomato, but because I had no lemon, orange juice, ect I skipped that part. I didn't have any garlic, so I used Minced onion instead Ii used chili powder as well. I sprinkled that on the halved tomato and ate it, it tasted weird but worked instantly.
The second time (not long after the first) I used vegetarian vegable soup, with the same things as last time only warmed it in the micwowave for one minute. Worked just as well
I live in Maine and have been suffering from a sinus infection for over a month. I'm on my second antibiotic and have had no relief. I saw this recipe and decided to try it. I used canned tomatoes, chopped garlic from a jar, lemon juice from a plastic lemon, and Tabasco sauce. Since I don't like anything "hot" I used as much as I could. Within 10 minutes of finishing a mug, I am blowing my nose and feel my sinuses crackling. This is amazing. I am very thankful for all the sharing and comments that convinced me to try this!!
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.
Hi, I'd been trying all the cures at once and so probably precipitated a healing crisis. I thought I just had a bout of severe rhinitis and admit I started to doubt all the work I'd been doing with ACV, molasses etc. So after a couple of days sneezing and six hours of a runny nose I decided that it must be a cold. I had tried lemon & baking soda, baking soda nasal irrigation, H2O2 in water, vitamin C x 2000 and nothing was shifting it. Even a bowel movement hadn't done the trick, which sometimes does with rhinitis. I had recently bought a juicer and being quite lazy chose to make a sort of gazpacho instead of the hot tomato tea.
I juiced 4 tomatoes with 1/2 cucumber, 1 small lemon, 2 cloves garlic and a pinch of chilli powder and it was rather tasty with a pinch of salt and ground pepper. A bit pokey from the chilli but anyway within an hour my cold symptoms disappeared and I'm actually wondering now how real that illness was. At the time I could hardly breathe and it felt like my entire body was having a fight with infection or histamine or something. So for those in hotter climates or who like their tomatoes cold I can only say that this mix worked amazingly quickly for me.