Monday night, it happened again, I turned the TV on, and his guest was Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, who is an M.D. and is Native American. She has written a book called Healthy at Home (which I have ordered on Amazon) and it is full of natural home remedies for all kinds of things. On this episode, she was talking about sore throats, respiratory infections, and coughs. I couldn't have seen this at a better or more opportune time.
My BFF had been in Evansville all last week because her mother was in the hospital. Tonya had spent the entire week at the hospital with her. By Saturday, she was getting sick. She had a scratchy throat and didn't feel well. By the time she got back to Nashville on Saturday evening, she was sick. SICK. Hacky cough, fever, malaise - the whole works sick. She ran a fever all Sunday and Monday with the cough getting worse. I told her what our daughter's pediatrician had told them about using honey for cough suppression. He told her to give her boys a couple of teaspoons every few hours and Annie said it really worked. So, Tonya was doing the honey thing and she said it was really helping. I mean, coughing is the worst.
Back to Dr. Low Dog's herbal recipe for cough. On the show, she made a concoction of thyme, lemon, and honey and she said it would really do the trick in suppressing a cough. When the hour was civil enough, I sent Tonya a text and told her I was making her this concoction. She had seen Dr. Oz on the afternoon showing and said THANK YOU!
I cooked it up just like Dr. Low Dog said and sent it down with Dan to hand in the door. That was yesterday. This morning she sent me a text and said her fever broke during the night - finally - and that the concoction was really helping! Yay!! That is a first hand account that it really does work and it tastes good. Here is what you do:
2 cups water, almost boiling
3 TBSP fresh or dried thyme
juice of one whole lemon
1 cup honey, preferably raw or at least local
DO NOT GIVE TO CHILDREN UNDER 1 YEAR OF AGE!!
Put the time in a bowl. Pour the hot water over it and let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a container that has a lid. Add the juice of 1 lemon and the honey. Stir to mix thoroughly Put the lid on and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Take 1 or 2 Tablespoons every 3 to 4 hours. Simple. Easy. And, it tastes good which is more than you can say for most commercial cough medicines which they have shown really do not work.
Things to Remember:
Everything on the Earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence. Mourning Dove, Christine Quintasket (1888-1936) Saiish