Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Summer Cold


Over the past couple of weeks, we have been treated to a number of intermittent days of heat and sunshine. The heat of the mid-day sun always has the ability to trick me into thinking that this warmth will last the evening long. However, as soon as I decide to leave the house, without the winter jackets in tow, a blistering cool breeze seems to blow and I find myself, yet again, complaining of the cold. I've two young men who keep me active will all things GAA related, so this scenario is normally at the side of a football pitch. Therefore, after a busy weekend of cheering from the sideline, it was no surprise that I found myself with a touch of a cold this week. 





As a child my mother’s first line of action, for any sort of snuffles, was freshly squeezed oranges & lemons. To this day, I maintain the same approach to everyday colds. I use quite a few lemons in my cooking and baking, so I normally have a couple in my fruit basket. To some freshly squeezed lemon I add a bunch of whatever herbs that I can get my hands on, and this concoction normally eases the symptoms of a croaky cold. If there is an advantage to a summer snuffle, it’s that my lovely herb garden is in full season, so I'm spoilt for choice as to what herbs to include in this nutritious drink. Mint or lemon balm pair very nicely with the lemon; however if I'm hoping for a little anti-inflammatory action I normally add a few sprigs of fresh thyme. This tonic won’t cure a cold, but it will ease the symptoms. I plan on arming myself with a little flask of this tea, the next time my cheer-leading qualities are needed at an under ten’s match.



Lemon & Thyme Tea

Ingredients
½ lemon, juiced
2 sprigs of thyme
250mls of recently boiled water
1 tsp honey

Method
  1. Using a bowl, flask or teapot, add the lemon juice and the sprigs of thyme. Cover with the 250mls of recently boiled water.
  2. Pop a saucer on top and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Then pass through a sieve and stir in a teaspoon of honey. Enjoy straight away.

These days, this little lady hasn't had as much time to help me out in the garden. She has three new kittens that she's taking great care of non-stop. We have a good few kitties, at this stage, so she has agreed that two of them can take up residence with a very nice new family. I know that there will be tears when that day comes. However, we're planning to extend our outdoor family, here at Killachonna, over the next few months, so this animal-loving lady will be kept very busy. 
Have a lovely weekend. Nessa x 

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Mark O' Brien said...

I get hit with those every few weeks in the summer months. Definitely going to give this a try next time they rear their ugly head.

Loving the sound of the Home Nurse column aswel!

Nessa Robins said...

Thanks so much, Mark. I'm thrilled with my new column. I hope that this tonic will help you the next time you need to battle a sniffle!

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