Why, hello there.
So, I’ve been carrying a tissue box around as my latest accessory for the past nearly two weeks. I’m going to create a trend – just wait and see. In the meantime I have been nursing a mega cold/flu thing. Fun! Particularly when coupled with enormous, now-very-overdue essays. I’ve been oscillating between regular levels of procrastination to being motivated, but feeling too sick to do anything productive. Hence the overdue thing..
When I first came down with this cold my gorgeous neighbour brought over a recipe and ingredients for a home remedy of hers. She is so sweet. She is also super 100% organic, herbal, natural etc. Not only in the sense that she herself is made from organic matter, but also in that she only uses and eats products which are certified organic or grown in her veggie patch. It’s her thing.
And oh my goodness – her herbal remedy thing? Amazing!
Although it’s a little labour intensive (esp compared to just popping some pills), it’s been really effective – so much so that my cold relapsed when I stopped using it for a few days. It’s great for clearing and soothing the throat and sinuses and it tastes good (well, I think so, at least!)
My Neighbour’s Herbal Cold Remedy:
The stuff you’ll need:
1 head of garlic
1 thumb of ginger
Honey (Manuka preferably)
What to do with that stuff:
Peel and chop the garlic and ginger. Place in a pan with one litre of boiling water. Add a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper (I use between 1/8 and 1/4 but I have a high chilli threshold – you may want to start with less). Boil this lovely concoction for 20 minutes.
Take your magic potion(!) off the stove and set it aside for a bit. In the meantime, squeeze your lemon. When the concoction has cooled strain in (you don’t eat the chunks of ginger or garlic) and then pour the lemon juice in. Then pour yourself a mug-full and add honey to taste and now.. drink up! (preferably with the company of your favourite furry friend)
NB: The above is one batch and it makes about 1.5 mugs worth of the good stuff. I normally do a double batch and that normally makes about 4 mugs worth. Yes, I seem to get less out of a single batch, but in saying that the batches can vary in size and taste quite easily anyway. It keeps in the fridge or just covered on the kitchen bench for days and days.
Hope that helps anyone else’s winter cold!
Now to those essays..