No flu for you tonic

Okay, okay, it is safe to say I felt more scared in the hyperbaric like chamber of the airplane these past few days than running around in the Emergency Department. People hacking up probable viral droplets which were recirculated and recirculated.  I ordered my sparkling wine, and tried to forget about it between washing my hands for what seemed like ten million times over.

As I reminded myself, I also hope to remind others. Don’t wipe your nose with your hands. Sneeze in your elbow or armpit. Douche your nose with sterile saline. Most importantly, there is a tonic I have been drinking and thinking of.  Sometimes it will give a laxative effect…but I highly doubt anyone would mind that after eating for two or three all holiday season. You see, living in northern California makes all of this quite easy. Lemons grown right off a friends tree. Maple syrup from the refrigerator. Cayenne pepper from the cupboard. Ginger root, and turmeric root from the local grocery store. Add some apple cider vinegar for an increase in digestive motility. There you have it. Haven’t been sick yet. Knocking on wood, every time I say it. But the tonic seems to work…so far.  This also helps for awful allergies by replacing maple syrup with local honey if you aren’t vegan. If you are vegan, then stick with the maple syrup. This will still clear you up!!

Powell’s Winter Tonic

1 quart measuring glass

1-2 tablespoons grated turmeric

1-2 tablespoons grated ginger

2 Meyer lemons or regular lemons juiced, keep three wedges in water

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (optional)

Enough boiled water to fill quart measuring glass

Let sit for about 5 minutes, then strain into mason jars. It is best to be able to shake or stir it up to get a good dose of cayenne up in there!

-K.K. Powell

 

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