Monday, August 18, 2014

This stuff really, really works!

“Most discoveries even today are a combination of serendipity and of searching. — Siddhartha Mukherjee, physician, scientist and writer

Sometimes I think the best things I do are mostly by accident. I came down with a miserable sneezing, coughing, eight-boxes-of-Kleenex viral thing. 

I moaned about it on Facebook, and one of my FB friends recommended I brew tea, put honey in it, and add a little lemon if I wanted to.

Possibly because I was in fact SICK when I read what she wrote, I got mixed up and didn't see the tea part. In my head it was: heat up lemon juice and water and put honey in it.

I was home alone, we didn't have lemons, but I did have two big bottles of Italian Volcano 100% organic lime juice I'd purchased at CostCo with a "hey, this stuff looks interesting — maybe we can put it in things" attitude.

I went to the kitchen, grabbed the Italian Volcano, dumped some in a mug, added water and Tupelo honey, heated it up, drank it and found it very helpful. 

But being skeptical, I was thinking, "Oh it's probably just the placebo effect," and I drugged myself to sleep with some kind of Nyquil-type stuff. However,
when I woke up in the morning, my head was a brick, I couldn't breathe, and I felt like my throat was going to close up, so I said, "Paul! Paul! Go make me some hot lime juice with honey!"

I drank it, and in about a minute my head started draining, the coughing became productive, and over the course of an hour, I stopped coughing altogether!! Holy moly!!

I called my doctor friend Galen who told me that lemon and lime are — I apologize that I can't remember the big scientific word — natural mucus breakers, and I've been swigging my hot water, lime juice and honey ever since.

I even went to work today for three hours this afternoon. This is absolutely the fastest I've ever recovered from such a congested, coughing virus — ever, ever

We have this wonderful little Chinese grocery store two blocks from our office, and while I was at work this afternoon Paul said, "This lime juice/honey remedy seems to be working, but I'm walking down to talk to the old Chinese proprietor to see what she recommends."

Guess what she said??? "Heat up water. Put honey in. Put lime juice in. No lemon. Lime! Drink. I make my daughter drink every morning. No cough."

So there ya' go. I got mixed up and did it wrong, but ended up making the most perfect mucus-busting, cough calming stuff ever!

You're welcome.

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