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26 February 2011 @ 05:25 pm
[Poll] Pathos  
In this house, we have been sick so often, for so long, that I have actually grown weary of writing the words "I am sick." We are personally responsible for a worldwide tissue shortage and have cornered the market on throat lozenges and self-pity.

But I notice I'm not alone. My friends list appears to be unusually unwell, too. (Not my fault, guys. You can't catch these viruses via the internets.) So. A poll. To entertain us all as we sneeze and reach for the antipyretics.

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delectable tea, or deadly poison?: [misc] tea is my anti-woegenarti on February 28th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
I alternate between tea (sometimes regular tea, sometimes peppermint) and hot lemon-and-honey. To make the latter, I do the following:

1) Get my trusty green mug. It is iridescent and handleless and pretty, and also a good size for this. Any glass that holds hot liquid will work, though.

2) Squeeze in a lot of honey. No, more than that. I never measure, but it's probably at least a quarter of a cup.

3) Pour in a good splash of boiling water. Stir until the honey's all dissolved.

4) Optional: add a spoonful of pureed ginger, or a good dose of powdered ginger. You don't have to, but I like the kick sometimes.

5) Pour in a heavy splash of lemon juice. Again, I don't measure, but it's probably about equal to the honey? You can do more or less to taste.

6) Top it off with boiling water until the mug is full, or until it's as watery as you want it.

The goal here is to get vitamin C from the lemon, throat-coating from the honey, heat and steam from the hot water, and the lemon and honey both strong enough to cut the sweetness/sourness of the other. It's like hot cough syrup, only actually tasty! I have heard of people putting in a splash of whiskey, too, but I never do.