Friday, December 12, 2014

The best cold remedy around

This has been one heck of a week, as I settled in with a killer head cold, that simply refused to leave me be. It basically confined me to my bed with an unrelenting throbbing head and an aching back. 

Not only is it wholly miserable to be ailing, but I also feel like I miss out on so much, which then makes me feel worse. From our daily christmas activities all the way to dishes. Seriously, this is when you know it's bad, when by the end of it- I am craving to just be well and myself enough to do dishes!

Regardless, Kaleb was a dream and his parents were in town, so that took a lot of the pressure off. I watched scads of bad tv, and in general laid about moaning and whining. 

In the midst of all my self wallowing, I fondly remembered the  heat wave shots that Kaleb and I would pick up every morning while at the beach- a bounty of goodness for our colds. A mixture of lemon, cayenne, garlic, and ginger- they were intense- but got the job done.

Thankfully, after far to many google searches only popping up cocktail recipes, I found something pretty close! It was a post from, I tweaked a few things depending on what lay in my cabinet- but in all truth, this stuff is a God-send. Drinkable, yet stout. With this crazy amount of garlic you will be safe from vampires and unwanted smooches for as long as you shall live. It burns all the way down, but in the best way possible, and it opens up your nose and chest like you could not imagine.

So here it is. Just know that your going to read this and think to yourself "no way- I am not drinking that!" and hey, I hear you, but just trust me, will you- it will have you up and about and on your merry way in no time!

Here's what you need:

In a sauce pan- add

1 cup water
1 lemon juiced
ginger- one good knob sliced and diced
garlic- 2-3 cloves or 1 1/2 tsp chopped
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cinnamon stick
a good dollop of local honey
a slashing of whiskey or bourbon

bring it to a boil and simmer for five to ten minutes, strain and enjoy. Small sips is key, preferably followed by a good thunderous whoop and a holler- it just it makes it more entertaining. 

Drink and be well!


  1. Sorry you haven't been feeling well. I seem to have some sort of allergy thing happening. Here the weather has been fluctuating between freezing and 55 degrees. It's ridiculous and I cannot catch a break. Sinus headaches.. ugh. Hmmm if I start feeling worse maybe I will be brave enough to try this.... ? :) Glad it is helping you! XO-Alexandra

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    1. Definitely give it a go- sounds rough, I get it, but very worth it!

  2. Never fun being sick, but it is even worse this time of year. Hope you are on the other side of it now. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Sorry you are sick :( My man was getting something yesterday and I juiced a couple knobs of ginger. Yikes,iIt was nasty going down but I think it really helps. Our usual favorites for immune boosting/stress relief are Astragulas and Ashwaganda. I'll have to try your recipe!

  4. lol! sorry to hear you were sick first of all. and second: my mom used to make us something similar when we were sick, just without whiskey and garlic ;) Honey , ginger and lemon have many healing substances and there is nothing better when you are sick.

    have a nice weekend :)

  5. Heyyy what a great idea! When I get sick I drink endless mugs of green tea with lemon and honey. It works pretty well! By the way - beautiful photos.

  6. Man, I thought my week was bad, but you take the cake. Being sick during the holidays is not joke, not to mention you have little ones. I'm giving you a big imaginary hug. Now the concoction you've found looks like a winner. I've had it before and yes, it does wonders. I always wanted to freeze some in ice cube trays for those sneaky colds. Feel better, Darlin'
    Texas Jak

  7. Oh man, I hope you are feeling better soon! Christopher has a cold right now too. I'm going to suggest this to him. :)

  8. I hope you are feeling better! I will have to remember this the next time I don't feel well!

  9. dread pix please. and. i love you. t

    1. ...t.. as in your friend on the bayou- case you are utterly shocked that i finally figured out how to leave a proper, real live comment and wonder WHO ON EARTH???.... smooches.
      but for real. kaleb's hair.

  10. So sorry to hear you've been ill.....awful, but I hope you're feeling a little better now (had to laugh about your dishes comment!).....Oh how funny....this is the recipe that my Gran and Grandad used to use (and I use) when we have colds (without the cayenne and with thyme - and without the alcohol for the littles) you say it GETS THE JOB DONE....

  11. Poor you! It always seems to come at the worst possible time, doesn't it? I have a similar home remedy for when I get sick but never thought of adding the garlic before. Garlic has antibiotic properties so I can imagine it would work perfectly!

    Get well soon!

  12. I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well! :( This remedy sounds like it really will do the trick. It's always the yucky not-so-yummy things to make us feel better :P Thanks for sharing!


  13. I hope you feel better! and I'm always up for a slashing of bourbon!!

  14. Sorry you were sick, but this remedy sounds amazing. PS, love your kettle, I have it in white but th eblue is beautiful!

  15. Thanks for this great little remedy. Hope you are feeling better!

    rae of love from berlin

  16. I've been feeling under the weather for a couple of weeks now; time to wrap myself in a blanket and try some of your potion!

  17. oh that's a fab recipe. i drink something similar in the winter if i get bunged up. sans whiskey. but obviously i've been short-changing myself lol

  18. Ah, I hope you're feeling better now! I'm not currently sick thank God, but I almost want to try the concoction just to see what it's like. It definitely sounds like quite the punch...I'll have to muster up some serious lady balls before chugging that!