This soup is not for the faint of heart. It truly packs a punch right into the stuffed, miserable nose of that cold. It’s also wonderful for helping ease tension in your lungs. Leafy greens, such as kale, are great for respiratory care, as they aid in bringing more oxygen in. Garlic is well-known as a panacea for all types of sicknesses, but really warms the system and offers comfort as well. I recommend using a bone broth as the stock (read more about the benefits of bone broth here) as it will provide excellent vitamins and minerals to help heal your body. It’s also got turmeric and cayenne pepper. Basically, I threw in the kitchen sink. You’re welcome.


Cold Killer Soup


  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 5 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 cups chicken, beef or vegetable stock. Homemade MUCH preferred.
  • 2 cups, chopped kale
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped (or 3 carrots, if you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp grass-fed butter
  • Water
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne (be careful with this if you are heat sensitive)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

In a dutch over or large soup pot, heat the butter. Add the celery, garlic, tomato paste, and sweet potatoes. Stir to coat. Cook until garlic is fragrant – about 2 minutes in total. Add in turmeric and cayenne and stir to coat.

Add the kale, then

Add the stock and then add water, one cup at a time, until you have an amount of liquid that makes sense for the consistency of soup you’d like. Remember that the kale will cook down quite a bit.

Stir well, add salt, cover and simmer on the stove for at least one hour. The flavor will increase as it sits. In fact, it’s even more delicious after being in the fridge.

Enjoy and get well soon!