I’m sick. Not wretchedly sick, but I feel lousy and my throat is very sore. Since I had an appointment to get my back adjusted yesterday, I asked my chiropractor for advice. He asked me what I was coughing up (I won’t describe it for you here), then prescribed the typical high doses of vitamin C, echinacea, and garlic PLUS the following natural gargling solution:
4 ounces water
2 ounces (4 tablespoons) raw apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Mix thoroughly and heat as hot as you can stand without burning your mouth.
2. Gargle the entire recipe.
3. Repeat every 3 hours.
He explained that the apple cider vinegar is for killing the bacteria, the cayenne pepper is for numbing the pain, and the lemon or lime juice and honey are for palatability.
Ummmmm. I don’t know about you, but the sound of this doesn’t rock my socks off. Which is why I haven’t tried it yet. One whole teaspoon of cayenne pepper?! I like spicy, but that’s crazy. Justice and I started joking about all the different ways it could “numb” the throat. Things like burning off all the nerve endings. We’re so mature. (Seriously, when do you stop feeling like a little kid when you’re cutting up with your husband?)
Anyway, I give in. I’m going to mix up the potion now. I’m scared but a little desperate. I’ll let you know how it goes. I think it’s fortunate that blogging doesn’t require operable vocal chords, don’t you?