Soothing tonics when all is not well
Unusually for me my cast iron constitution was put to the test yesterday with a day long feeling of general nausea and subsequent malaise at this rude interruption to my busy schedule.
I am one of those who prefers to take pre-emptive action to any form of ill health. I eat healthily, drink moderately and excercise regularly though fat lot of good it did yesterday. So when these safety measures break down I look to remedy the situation as soon as possible. I am not a pill popper unless it’s serious so I do like the more natural solutions wherever possible i.e food and drink.
Chamomille tea is a firm favourite of mine in times of dispair, so much so that I intend to grow and dry my own next year so that I can make my own blend up. I avoid any caffeine and drink lots of water.
You don’t need to be Dr.Kildare to know the popularity of a plain soup such as chicken or mushroom, my choice yesterday was a light broth of chicken and vegetables with a few hokkien noodles, a splash of soy and the last of my Asian herbs. More tea ensued; mint, jasmine and an uplifting green tea with tropical fruits meant I could return to work for dinner service after a three hour sleep in the afternoon.
Service over, I braved the cold and dutifully observed my carbon footprint home on two wheels (are you listening Mr. Cameron?) and drank the last of my tea allowance before passing out for the rest of the night.
Valerian tea sends me off to the land of nod like no other, the ensuing dreams are quite unreal. I am sure I could write Sgt.Peppers if I drank enough of it. Also known by the rather exotic name of Garden Heliotrope small amounts can be found in men’s cologne and soaps which rats find rather appealing-that explains my success rate with women.
So, following a sound night’s sleep courtesy of Dr. Stuart’s Valerian Plus tea yours truly is ready to beat the carbon footpath once again. Actually, it’s freezing, where’s the car keys?!
Any suggestions for gastronomic medicinal cures gratefully received.