“Oh no…” I said when I saw my husband. He was coming down with the virus that has kept me doling out medicine from my shop all hours for the past six weeks. I went over to retrieve my medicine bag, that I always keep on me, and noticed I had somehow left it at the shop.
I considered driving back to Elizabeth but then it occurred to me that there is a whole lot of medicine in the kitchen. Not made up into sparkling colors of extracts and such but in spice jars.
I pulled out every herb I knew to be anti-viral, anti-biotic, and started cooking.
1 teaspoon of thyme
1 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of basil
a shake of turmeric
a shake of chipotle
slivers of fresh ginger
a cinnamon stick
I started to pour honey over it (1 or 2 parts honey to the herbs) and starting running out after a tablespoon.
1 Tablespoon of maple syrup and 1 Tablespoon of molasses followed
Roughly, I didn’t measure. That is the nice thing about herbalism and cooking, you can wing it. A bit more honey, maybe there are more things in your cupboard…cumin, rosemary, garlic, it all works.
Simmer very lightly over low to medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until well combined and infused. Pour half into a mug and pour hot water over it. Lemon or orange slices can go into the mug. It doesn’t sound very good but the mixture of sweet and spice in a mug of hot water when you are just going under the weather tastes mighty fine and it will kick that cold quickly! Your artillery is right in front of you.