My NaNoWriMo wordcount was pretty far behind when I came down with a cold.
Naturally, I grumbled about it on Identi.ca, and Ryan Weal kindly shared this home remedy:
As with most recipes, I made a few changes…
substituting Chamomile in tea bags
boil the water
insert chamomile tea bags
steep the tea for 10 minutes
Starting with a chunk of ginger root
my cheese grater produced a tablespoon or two of grated ginger
I used the whole lemon
and all the juice
When the tea is steeped I removed the tea bags and added grated ginger… The first day I just dropped the ginger into the tea, but then I had to contend with floaty bits, which isn’t a lot of fun when you’re sick. The second day I put the ginger in my mesh tea basket. A tea ball would work too.
then I strained the lemon into the tea pot
I left it sit for anothe five to ten minutes, then removed the basket of ginger so I could fasten the lid and keep the tea hot longer. Poured into the cup; add honey to taste.
My cold began with a bad sore throat for two days, but then it hit my nose on the third day. That was the day I made my variation of Ryan’s tea. My tea pot holds a little more than a litre, about 5 cups of water.
I drank the first pot of tea the day I was the sickest, then spent much of the day blowing my nose. In the past, this miserable phase has lasted for 3 days, but with Ryan’s special tea, the worst of that was over in one day.
Maybe it was just a milder head cold, but I think the special tea sped up the process.
The variation to try next time is to substite garlic for ginger. We’ll see.
[and now, back to NaNoWriMo]
Ryan Weal’s original recipe was shared via Kafei Interactif Status to Identi.ca; content and data are available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Thanks Ryan!