Sunday, October 25, 2009

Homemade Cough Syrup

I am taking a brief break from food-blogging to announce a great discovery.

It is 8am and I am awake, bright-eyed and busy-tailed as it were, because for the first time in almost a week I have had a good nights' sleep. When Jack finally starts communicating in sentences, I am sure that he will tell me the same thing.

He had a short cold which, due to rest, vitamin C, echinacea, and lots of fluids, he has managed to be rid of. However, he had a nagging cough that would not go away. It wasn't too bad in the day, but all night he coughed and tossed and coughed and tossed... He insisted that he had it under control with throat lozenges, but he lied. For the past 3 mornings I woke tired.

Yesterday I was searching for a way to soothe that throat of his so we could both get some sleep and I came across a posting by a college nurse which gave directions for a homemade cough syrup. Having the ingredients handy, I decided to make some. I mean, what could it hurt?

Jack was skeptical, to say the least. Containing honey, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and ginger, it was not the tastiest thing he would ever ingest, but I urged him to give it a try.

He reluctantly took the syrup, grimaced, brushed his teeth, and we went to bed. Six uninterrupted hours later I woke, and not to his coughing but, rather, to Spooky who decided to give me nice face-cleaning at 5:30am).

Sleep, glorious uninterrupted sleep!

I want to share my happiness... :)