Tackle Cold & Flu Season with Bigelow Tea & Halls Cough Drops {+ Japanese Broth Soup Recipe}

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Tackle Cold and Flu Season

Let me just say… I really, really detest cold and flu season.  As a mother, I simply do no have time to get sick.  I’m sure you understand.  I stay home with my daughter, and {naively} thought that would shield me from those pesky germs that bring life to a screeching halt.  It doesn’t matter– they find a way in and have no sympathy to the fact that laundry piles up, dinner goes uncoooked, and somehow dishes seem to mount up in the sink at an alarming rate.

It’s pretty weird.  I seldom got sick as a child.  In fact, I was sick so little that I never once missed a day of school.  My adult body seems to be making up for that, generally catching all the sickness that goes around this time of the year.  I’ve learned that there are certain comforts that can make the awful cold and flu much more tolerable.

hot tea

One of those is Bigelow Tea.

There’s just something about a steaming cup of hot tea that can melt away sickness… even if just for a moment.  Just breathing in the aroma of the tea is soothing and when it slides down a sore throat, it feels amazing.

Bigelow Tea is our trusted and go-to brand of tea.  There are so many things that I love about it:

  • Each tea bag comes in an individual package for freshness.  Since I often brew my Bigelow Tea one cup at a time, I appreciate this little extra.  No one wants stale tea– especially when you’re sick!
  • I feel that in comparison to other tea on the market, Bigelow is a great value.  The quality you get for the price that is charged is superb.
  • Bigelow Tea is readily available in a variety of flavors at many places, so I don’t have to search far and wide for the tea I love.

Cinnamon Stick Bigelow Tea

Speaking of flavors, we’re purchased quite a few flavors of Bigelow Tea and have yet to taste one that was anything less than delicious.  Orange &  Spice, Vanilla Chai, and Cinnamon Stick are a few of current favorites.  When we’re sick, we especially love Cinnamon Stick.  There’s something about the combination of the flavor and the aroma that we find especially soothing.

Since cold and flu season is beginning to hit our area in full force, I recently made a trip to the store to stock up on Bigelow Tea {you can see the entire shopping trip at Walmart over on Google+}.  In addition to the tea, I also picked up some Hall’s Cough Drops.  Like Bigelow, Hall’s is one of our go-to brands during these cold, sick-ridden months.

Hall's Cough Drops

Hall’s Cough Drops come in a multitude of flavors, including Honey-Lemon, Cherry, and Mentho-Lyptus.  I stumbled upon an end cap of Hall’s Cough Drops in Walmart and many of the bags contained 30% more FREE.  Of course, those are the bags I grabbed because I love the idea of getting more for my money.

I also picked up some ingredients to make one of my favorite soups– Japanese Broth Soup.  This is the soup that is often served in Japanese restaurants, as an appetizer before your meal.  I love how soothing this soup is and have worked to recreate it at home so I can enjoy it when I’m not feeling well.

I know you may be thinking… worked to recreate a simple broth soup?  But yes, I did have to work at it.  It took several attempts to find just the right combination of broths, but when I did… oh my yum.  It’s delicious any time, but especially when those pesky germs have you feeling lethargic and under the weather.

The best part is that it’s easy to make, so even if you aren’t feeling well, you should still be able to whip up a pot of soup.

Japanese Broth Soup

Japanese Broth Soup


  • 3 small cans of chicken broth
  • 1 small can of beef broth
  • 1 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2-3 mushrooms, sliced paper thin
  • 3 stalks Green Onions, diced
  • 3 slices of sweet onion, diced small and thin
  • 1 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Begin by putting all the broth and the soy sauce into a large pot.  Heat over medium heat.

While the broth mixture warms, coat the diced onion in a light coat of flour.  Heat the oil in a small frying pan, then add the onion.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the flour has formed a golden, crispy exterior around the onions.  Remove from the heat.

By now your broth mixture is hopefully starting to reach a boil.  When it does, remove from the heat.

Add the golden, crispy onions to the bottom of a soup bowl.  Ladle the broth on top.  Add some mushrooms and green onions to the soup.

That’s it.  Your soup is complete.  Just remember– you don’t have to be sick to enjoy it!

Cold and Flu Remedies

But… if cold and flu season has gotten it’s grip on you, reach for a box of Bigelow Tea and a package of Hall’s Cough Drops as well.

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  1. Brandie says:

    That soups sounds and looks amazing. I’ve been getting over a cold and it sounds perfect, especially when paired with some Bigelow Tea. And I have to say that you were one of the kids I was jealous of in school…I know it sounds weird, but I always wanted to win that perfect attendance award and not miss any school. Never made it though! #client

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