I had a cold for a while. I mostly ignored it because it wasn’t very bad. I’d wake up in the morning with a sore throat and a little congestion, and after an hour or two it’d be gone.
My first response to anything is generally to just kind of feel it and think about it, see what I might be telling myself. I could see that there were some unsaid things that my throat might be upset about, and I said them a little. But I was busy working and driving and being alive, so I didn’t dwell on it much until I woke up one morning barely able to breathe through the coughing and it didn’t go away.
I started right away with some poplar tincture (poplar is an expectorant for congested lungs, a topical analgesic for my sore throat, and helps to sooth and repair irritated throat and lung tissue) that I made this spring, and some usnea tincture (usnea is an antibiotic specific for upper respiratory things) that I traded for from a friend who lives in the desert. I looked for something moistening to gloop up that lung snot, and decided that the chickweed I already take would have to do. There aren’t a whole lot of wettening herbs.
Later I talked to Darcy and she recommended flax seed tea as a wettener (I think the technical word might be demulcent, but wettener is so much more fun). If you’ve never made flax seed tea, as I hadn’t, you should try it. It’s pure slime, but a bunch of honey makes it palatable.
Eventually I switched from poplar to ginger (an anti-spasmodic) to slow the coughing down, and got in a hot bath, where I proceeded to hallucinate that I was unconscious and couldn’t lift my head from the water. I am very prone to hallucinations, but I always know when I’m doing it. I kept waking up and telling myself to get out of the tub, but it was too hard and I’d fall back asleep. Finally I woke up and crawled out of the bathroom, hacking, and passed out in front of my friends heater for a couple hours. I woke up feeling better, and made my way out to the van where I slept for a good twelve hours, just waking up to take the usnea.
When I finally did get up, I was almost all better. I still have a little congestion, but it’s just a little congestion. Yay for plants!
Anyways, this has delayed my getting the hell out of dodge even more, but I guess it’s all part of the process.