I’m sick.

No, it’s nothing life threatening, it’s only a cold. But it just won’t go away. Normally after a week, it’s starting to get better, but this darned one just keeps getting worse. I’ve tried Sudafeds, NeoCitrans, Tylenol Cold medicine, you name it. I’ve even tried the tried-and-true chicken soup.

Yet I continue to fill the grocery bag beside my chair with tissues.

Last night I couldn’t get to sleep – hard to sleep if you can’t breathe. So at 1 a.m. I stumbled out of bed and down to the kitchen and, in desperation, resorted to my father’s ancient recipe – the hot toddy. You take a mug of orange juice and heat it up, then add a dollop of honey, and a tot of rum. (rye or vodka will do as well, but he always used – and I prefer – rum.)

And then you drink it down as hot as you can. That part is important, my father used to lecture. Hot hot hot. It doesn’t taste the best (though I’m finding that it’s growing on me.) The American Lung Association has stated that it shouldn’t be used as a curative, that it doesn’t do anything. Bollocks, says I. It makes you sweat like the dickens and, man, does it clear your sinuses faster and better than any medicine I’ve taken so far.

I’m having another right now and it’s not even noon. The tot of rum is a bit bigger 😉 And my sinuses are already clearing. **This is not to be used if you’re planning on driving, of course. And it definitely may make you drowsy.**

I’m rather interested to see what effect it’ll have on my writing …

Home Remedies
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3 thoughts on “Home Remedies

  • March 5, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Hot Toddys all Around! Says I, in Captain Jack Sparrow’s voice.

    Glad you liked the video. I thought the other one was hilarious too!

  • March 5, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    oh man – that’s what I get for not checking your blog while I was sick. I could have used a couple of gallons of those over the last few days.

  • March 6, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Hope you’re feeling better Leah, and I am SO bookmarking this recipe!!!

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