I’m entering my second week of hanging out in “Sick Land” – the place where sounding intelligent is a little challenging due to the amount of snot in my head that’s slowing my brain down to an embarrassingly slow speed.  So enough chit chat – I would like to share a little sick-smashing brew with you – taught to me by my mum. When us kids were sick, she was known for making her garden medicine which usually worked. She was pretty rad that way, entrenching natural knowledge into our heads and hearts without us even noticing – thanks mum. And yes, I should have started drinking this as soon as I noticed getting sick, but I didn’t, bugger.

The ingredients

These ingredients will be very familiar to a lot of you – ginger, lemon, thyme, sage, garlic and chilli.  I would have also like to include some fresh tumeric, but I don’t have any at the moment. In terms of how much you need of each item it’s really up to you, but I highly recommend you put heaps of everything in there to make it *strong*.


The method

Cut and smash up the ingredients to help get the flavour and magical healing powers out of them. I use my mortar and pestle the smash up the garlic and ginger until it’s nice and juicy.


Put it all in a pot of water and bring it to the boil, then let it simmer until the aroma fills your house and even your blocked nose can smell strong wafts of garlic. This should take a minimum of 30 minutes.


I’ll keep this brew on the stove for at least a couple of days, adding more water and fresh ingredients as I need them – the longer it brews, the stronger (and more effective) it will get.


It’s going to taste really strong, i.e. it might make your face scrunch up. But that’s a sign it’s good for you and also that you should add honey.

Curl up on the couch and drink, and keep drinking it a few times a day. Your snot should start dissolving and clear thinking and energy should return shortly :-).


Cough cough, splutter – that’s enough for me today. Here’s to good health!