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Molly's cure for what ails you

Your mom always said, "Drink your spices!" Well, no, she probably didn't. But she should have. They've got natural healing properties and, when imbibed as a hot drink, can do you more good and certainly less harm than many over-the-counter drugs. The following is my loose and adaptable recipe for a Feel Better Spice Drink. Works to relieve nausea/indigestion, headaches, and nasal/chest congestion--and most of the world is suffering from at least one of those right now, it would seem.

To one mug of hot water add 1 generous pinch each of:
ground cloves
ground ginger
ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg
ground allspice
ground cardamom
ground coriander
ground fennel seed or anise seed
dash of ground black pepper or cayenne pepper (if you're feeling brave)

Stir well. Mix in some honey to sweeten if you want, but it isn't necessary. Strain the drink if the little bits of ground spice swirling around are going to bother you. If you hate or can't tolerate (or don't have) any of the above spices, omit them. Or add in your favorites--pretty much all spices are good for you. Freshly ground spices will be strongest and most flavorful, but ordinary pantry spices are fine and certainly quicker.

The ones I use in slightly larger amounts than the others are cloves and ginger. They seem to have the most potent and beneficial health effects for whatever ails you.

Thanks to this mix, I haven't taken antacids for years--this stuff works much better for an upset stomach. As for colds, well, we all know nothing really cures them except time, so this is at least a good way to get those warm fluids that temporarily relieve symptoms, while boosting your immune system a teeny bit with all those natural healthful substances.

Experiment and enjoy!



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Oct. 27th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
I also recommend: a good shot of brandy mixed with hot water, fresh lemon juice, honey, and lots of ginger, with much the same results... Colds are a great excuse to drink booze :D
Oct. 27th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Hot toddy! I've made a couple of those in the past week as well. They do seem to loosen up the gunk a bit. And with that nice touch of anesthesia that alcohol can provide.

Following up with a handful of dark chocolate can't hurt either. For the antioxidants, of course.
Oct. 27th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Nom! I like to spice my hot chocolate, too. Nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon all work really well...
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Yes! Those are wonderful in chocolate. Chili powder, too--Aztec style. Not nearly as weird it sounds.
Oct. 27th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
I make something like this, except my spice drink is a sort of turmeric chai. It's a mix of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, tea, chai spice mix, lemon juice, vanilla extract, almond milk and agave nectar. The turmeric and cinnamon especially are supposed to have antimicrobial properties, and I swear by drinking this every time I start to feel sick in any way. I tried regular turmeric tea at first, but I didn't find it palatable enough to drink 4-6 cups a day. The chai thing I make now, however, is actually pretty tasty.

Mmm, spices.
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
I've read great things about turmeric! I just usually don't have any around. But I do have curry powder, and it's in that. So, yeah, supplementing this sweet-spice drink with a savory soup or toast that had lots of curry-type spices and some herbs as well (garlic, rosemary, oregano, etc.) would be the best bet. :)

(Is garlic an herb? I suppose not. Well, you know what I mean.)
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