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…but not in a cool skateboarding dude way. Sick like, SICK.

We are all sick. Mucous and coughing and Olive even woke up with a gross gunky eye. No one is sleeping because our coughing keeps waking each other up, and if you have never heard a ten month old cough, I mean I swear I could sell the audio. It’s the tiniest, sweetest little “ahem, ahem” but still. STILL not great to hear at 10pm and 10:13 pm and 10:30 pm and so on and what’s more, I have to put her back to sleep each time because the coughing wakes her up and ever since she learned how to stand, waking up sends a signal to her mind that says STAND UP IMMEDIATELY!

So she doesn’t really ever go back to sleep by herself anymore, which is not really an issue when she’s only waking up once a night, but when she’s waking up eleventeen million times… it’s insanity. We are all crazy. And sick.

As soon as we woke up and I understood the full reality of this evil bastard that had overtaken our little family, I started brewing a large batch of Magic Tea. What is Magic Tea you ask? It’s one of the wonderful natural crazy hippie lady things I do in my spare time, that’s what. Neo Citron’s got nothing on this tea.

And here is the recipe! For you! In case you too have a throat that feels like razors and a gunky eyed baby and a husband horking phlegm into the toilet every few minutes (Sorry. For you and for me)

Madeleine's Magic tea for Cold and Flu

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. When it comes to a boil, add the following:

  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey
  • 1-2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper

Simmer for around five minutes, then pour into mugs and enjoy when it’s cool enough to drink.

This stuff is honestly the best hippie cure for every single cold and flu you will ever get, and is even effective against Man Colds! It’s best if you brew a fresh batch each time but if you are all “Phht! I’m sick! Ain’t nobody got time for that” just double or triple the recipe, make a big batch and heat and serve as needed.

The reason behind the magic is that garlic is a powerful antifungal, honey soothes and coats your throat, lemon juice cleanses your system, ginger is anti-inflammatory and helps ease achy joints, and that little pinch of cayenne (or more if you’re brave) clears out your sinuses.

BOOM. Hippies to the rescue!

You’re welcome, Internets. Now I’m going to go dig out my neti pot and join the rest of my family in pajamas like the slugs that we are.

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  • Reply Valerah August 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM


    I am signing like a fool to my manchild these days and he is looking at me like I am batshit. Has Olive picked up on any of it yet?

    • Reply sweetmadeleine August 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      NOTHING! Well, this morning she made “all done” waving sort of sign, but I don’t know if that’s really what it was. She definitely knows them all, because she reacts to them (starts grabbing at my shirt when I sign milk, looks at the cup when I sign drink, goes pee when I sign potty etc. ) but nothing I would 100% say is signing back to us. These babies are making us look like FOOLS! LOL

  • Reply Valerah August 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Also, does Livvie drink the tea?!

    • Reply sweetmadeleine August 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      You know, she probably could if you omitted the cayenne, as it’s a pretty nice flavour, but I am just counting on her getting the magic through breastmilk.

  • Reply lilymama August 23, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    hope you are feeling much better soon …and your magic tea will work wonders.

    • Reply sweetmadeleine August 23, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      Thank you, Lilymama! As of today we are much the same, but I’m hoping it passes soon 🙂

  • Reply Julie November 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I chew garlic every time I am sick, works so well! No need for antibiotics! This tea looks delicious and gives me the great idea to give it to her as I start to wean (sans cayenne), in the event that she seems under the weather. Thanks!

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