So I’ve gone down with a bad cold. Ahh. I expect this is because my adrenal glands were working overtime during my stressful week at the beginning of this month and now I’ve taken some time out and haven’t needed the adrenaline, my immune system has lowered and my body has had enough. I have experienced this sort of pattern after big deadlines many times and now know i need to do something about it. I’ve read in Brazier’s program that Maca is good for rebuilding the adrenal glands which I’ll buy from Out of this World (in Beeston) once I’ve got better. Brazier says that green tea contains a healthier, longer lasting form of caffeine which should be used in particular cases (in his case marathons, in my case illness!) In the meantime I’ve been stocking up on lots of vitamins and have come up with my own recipe for a Lemsip replacement inspired by Brazier’s green tea tit-bit. N.B. For those of you who don’t know, I gave up coffee and caffeinated black teas in accordance with the Brazier diet and felt much better afterwards.
Alternative to Lemsip
1 large lemon
2 spoonfuls of honey
1 green teabag (optional and not recommended if taking before bed)
Wash the fruits. Boil the kettle and, using a juicer, squeeze the juice from the lemon and lime. Pour some of the boiling water into a pint glass containing the tea bag and the rest over the juice to get excess pulp into the lower part of the juicer containing the juice. Grate zest of both fruits into the pint glass and pour the juice into the glass too. Remove tea bag and stir in two spoonfuls of honey. Take with painkillers.
It takes delicious and you can pretend you are drinking a warm cocktail. Katie has suggested putting whiskey or brandy in too – perhaps good for a cough.
Even better if you can get someone else to make it for you! Then try a home wellness sauna:
Steam it Out
You will need:
A large mixing bowl
Eucalyptus essential oil
Boil the kettle and pour boiling water into the mixing bowl. Add two drops of Eucalyptus into the bowl. Sit with your face over the bowl so you can breathe in the steam. Place the towel over you head and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth as deeply as possible. Regularly blow your nose to clear out your sinuses.