Wednesday, September 23

The strangest cold remedy I've ever tried

The past day or so I've been having some severe issues with congestion. All up in my nose, blocking my sinuses and draining all at the same time, so I get that funny tickle in the back of my throat. It's probably making me snore for the first time in my life (no, please don't ask MarvMan if I snore at all), and it's definitely been making it unpleasant to breathe through my nose.

So all day yesterday it was Star Wars reenactment day in my house. You know, just so it didn't seem odd that I was breathing through my mouth and all. Darth Mama.

But after even a steam with some Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)*, a steaming hot shower, and a neti rinse**, my congestion was still giving me issues, I had to find something. Anything.

I'm a fan of homeopathic remedies. So I went to Earth Clinic and started nosing around. It was then that I came across Jean's Spicy Tomato Tea. This, friends, is the weirdest thing you'll ever make. But I swear to you it works.

2 cups V8 Juice
2-3 cloves Garlic crushed (use more if you can)
2 T Lemon Juice
Hot Sauce (the more the better, so as much as you can handle)

Mix and heat in a pan or in the microwave. Sip slowly and re-warm as needed to get the full effects of the fumes. Let it sit in the back of your throat to bathe it. Suck the fumes through your sinuses and also down into your lungs. Its all natural and healthy, so drink as much of it as you want or need until you are SURE the infection is gone. This is past the time when you "feel better."

Don't get me wrong. I'm all behind you on the, "Seriously?" line of thinking. I thought it was the weirdest thing ever. I gave MarvMan the list of stuff I needed for it and he thought I wanted to make Bloody Mary's, and was going to rely on the power of alcohol to cure my cold. (Which also seemed like an attractive option at the time, too.)

I steamed my face in there after it came out of the microwave. And then I sipped on it. My left sinus opened up. I cried in joy. Or maybe it was from the excess hot sauce. I'm really not sure. But it was beautiful.

I put the rest in the fridgie and have it heating on the stove right now. It's just warming, the fumes circulating through the kitchen and living room, and already my right sinus has opened. Oh. My. Gawd. I can breathe. Ahhhhhh.

There's still some residual snot, but I'm sticking with this tomato tea. Thank you, Jean, for your wacky combination of ingredients. I may just make a Bloody Mary this weekend and toast you, you brilliant woman.

*ACV is a fabulous remedy for a lot of stuff. Go Google it. Steaming with it involves warming it up and shoving your face in the mug or holding your face over the steam from the saucepan on the stove - please use common sense and be careful.
**My neti pot is a lifesaver when I have sinus issues. Also Google worthy. I scored mine at a natural market in Rapid City, SD, when we were there visiting MarvMan's family.

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