My brain is thrashing about inside a plastic bag, fighting to be free. Ever since I've had this cold, I feel as though my captured mind is being suffocated. The pain in my sinuses, nose, throat, and ears causes a fog so dense that I can't reach the outside world, nor can it reach me. What can bring me some release?
Lemon, ginger, and honey are what I need. The sour lemon cuts through my brain fog. The ginger pierces the suffocating confusion, while there's honey to help my throat. A sprig of warm rosemary at the bottom of the mug is all that's left of the drink as I hobble back to the couch to doze off, tired from the fight, but free.
Hot Lemon, Ginger, and Honey Drink
adapted from Leon: Ingredients and Recipes
makes 6 hot drinks
6 lemons, juiced
4 cm of root ginger, minced
1/4 c (60 ml) honey
a large sprig of rosemary
Mix the lemon juice, ginger, and honey in a bowl and microwave or heat in a saucepan until the honey is dissolved. Mix well.
Add the rosemary sprig.
Store in a jar in the fridge until needed.
To make a hot lemon drink, add 4 t of the mixture to a mug and top up with boiling water.