Monday, January 17, 2011
However, just as I was into full hibernation mode and all tucked into my 'snuggie' with pillows surrounding me to prop up all of the catalogs while some of my favorite herb and garden books sat within an arm's reach, a little tickle seemed to creep into the back of my throat, giving way, moments later, to a drippy nose that spread to a headache over my eyes and stretched into my right ear that, all at once, seemed hot and clogged, for whatever reason. What's this? A winter cold decided to invade my month of rest and relaxation? How could this have happened? I wear a hat, gloves and scarf everywhere I go. I rarely unzip my jacket when outside and I wash my hands regularly. Well, I've decided when you live with the likes of "Hurricane Kevin" who came home from college for Christmas break with a pretty virulent strain of something who then passed it on to "Tsunami Pete" proud owner of probably the most wicked of sneezes I have ever been in the company of, you are destined to pick up a few bad germs along the way.
Listed for the common cold, in this book, were elderflower, peppermint and yarrow, all aromatic and used in a hot, hot tinctures or teas every couple of hours can help clear your head and dry up a runny nose. Sore throats can benefit from echinacea, marigold and/or red sage...we all have these things hanging around the house in January, right? Aside from the echinacea tea, I know I don't! I've always been a Vicks NyQuil kind of a girl, but that didn't seem to quite do the trick this time. Anyway, the book goes on to say that these herbs are good for persistent and infected sore throats. They can be used as a tea, tincture or a gargle.I've always known the benefits of echinacea, as I said before, but never thought there were many marigolds out there that were ingestable and I'm not a big one for sage in any form but if it works, well maybe it could be worth a try.
Coughs are not only persistent and bothersome, to me, they can also be painful so anything that can quiet a cough would be a "good thing." Ginger, honey, lemon, thyme and wild cherry were all listed along with marshmallow, comfry and coltsfoot as being very helpful to soothe coughs and calm the spasms that go along with them. Obviously, those Luden Brothers have read this book before and really did their homework when they decided to go into the cough drop business.
Then, I found a section on earaches...the bain of my existence since I was a little girl. Chamomile, hyssop, garlic, lavender, olive oil and that old faithful, echinacea, were listed to help with the pain and sometimes fever that can accompany an earache. When I was little, my mother would buy olive oil from the pharmacy, heat it up on the stove and saturate a cotton ball with it and apply it to my inflamed ear. I do remember that being quite soothing, however, the only olive oil I have now is what I use in culinary dishes, not the kind she bought in little blue bottles at Walgreens all those years ago. So, I think I shall fore go trying that remedy for the time being as well.
And where did the stomach ache and nausea come from? It's a head cold with a sinus infection, for heaven's sake...give me a break! I certainly did not see this coming on and I certainly had a hard time grinning and bearing it, if for only a day or two.