When a witch gets the flu…

…she drinks an inordinate amount of herbal tea with honey!

I’m not much good when I get sick and fortunately it is very rare. This time I had been traveling and obviously was like a healthy magnetic to germs. I recall being in the diner where my mother and I had our Christmas dinner and there was someone behind her who coughed in my direction. After the typical gestation, on Saturday when we were coming home I felt a scratch in my throat.

This devilish infection took a dastardly turn by the start of the week and I was feverish and achingly unwell. A trip to the doctor was called for since my herbal remedies were not touching it. I go to the doctor once a year at most and only in the most dire of circumstances. Years ago I became my own healer and have done very well with it except when regarding cold viruses.

I was lucky to have my wits about me for casting on Thursday and I seemed to get better by inches over the next couple of days. Now on my 8th day I am stuck with laryngitis, the occasional throaty chest rattling cough and a sniffle.

I have used herbal remedies to some success before a cold makes its home which I could have done if I had not been traveling. Usually that involves fistfuls of raw garlic cloves (you read that right) that I will eat for several days to knock a cold out of my system. I do not eat completely raw garlic however – I eat pickled garlic which means I am not offensive to all those around me. Being Italian helps since I love garlic in any guise.

That coupled with powerful herbal tisanes and the best honey I can get my hands on usually prevents most viral maladies.

I also have a cough syrup that I make with cayenne pepper, ginger, honey, apple cider vinegar and spring water which really seems to soothe and keep me from suffering too much.

The upside to this (if you can find one) is that I was forced to slow down. Most of the time I am going full-charge, working, household stuff, cooking, shopping, visiting friends and family and rarely take time out to just curl up in a soft blanket and watch movies. I did plenty of that this past week and frankly – I AM GOING NUTS!

Some people are just not meant to take it that slow.

I am looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow and I have family coming in this week  so this should be really good for me. I hope my voice is back soon! (Though my family will probably wish it isn’t!)