Tuesday, January 08, 2013

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger #recipe

Was philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche correct in saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"?

This article says yes.

Scientists have found that although traumatic experiences such as losing a loved one can be psychologically damaging, small amounts of trauma can make us more resilient.
In the past year, like most families, our family has had to deal with adversity. I suppose it's hit me because I've never really had to deal with situations like these before and it has brought us all closer together and has made us stronger.  One of the most difficult experiences for me has been losing my grandmother last May. Even now that we are a few months away from the one year anniversary of her death, I still wake up thinking "How are we going to go on without her?"

Life keeps going. We do keep going on. Some days are easier than others.

Then there are all the other challenging and frustrating events that get thrown in.

I've been learning that when it comes to seemingly insurmountable odds, we can, and do recover. Oftentimes, we come out stronger.

It's true. What doesn't kill us really does make us stronger.

I guess I should remind myself of that whenever I have to swig back my friend's "Kick the @#$% out of Your Cold" concoction. Trust me. It really works. Oh, and it hasn't killed me yet.

Here's the recipe that will get rid of any nasty cough!

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ginger (powder)
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp warm/hot water

Mix all ingredients together. Pass through a strainer if you want a smooth texture (no cayenne or ginger clumps). Consume by the tbsp as you would cough syrup...or if you're forgetful like me, chug the entire mixture in one gulp.
If you've got a cold or a cough, this has worked for us. Either it works and your cough totally disappears or your head explodes. If you try this, let me know how it works for you! Provided that your head doesn't explode, that is!


Shayna Murray said...

Oh boy I'm not sure if I could stomach that! But the whole premise takes me back to the days of powering though Buckleys!!! So awful but it really did help!

Christine McN said...

LOL! Ohhhh! Good 'ol Buckleys!!! I used to take that! So awful, it works! LOL!

Sober Julie said...

Ok sounds absolutely disgusting but you know I'm trying it if/when we get the next round of icky here

Christine McN said...

LOL! It's absolutely shockingly potent. Trust me, it'll cure whatever ails you!

Nicole said...

This sounds like a concoction that I need to give a try.

Kristen said...

I pinned this and will give it a try next time I am sick. It is great to find natural remedies especially since I am breastfeeding and can't take all meds.

NPC said...

I should give this to my Hubs. He has cough and we are on vaca!

Margarita Ibbott ~ @DownshiftingPRO said...

Christine: growing up my mom made us onion peel tea. Take the brown leaves of an onion and steep it in hot water until it looks like a strong tea. Add some honey to make it sweeter and voila - natural cough suppressant. It sound awful but trust me, it really works.

This cough cure doesn't make your head explode :)


Monica said...

There is often a lot of truth in natural remedies and I would much rather ingest them, than the unprounouncable ingredients often found in what you buy. I will definitely be giving it a try! I've bookmarked it for future use and left your name next to it...you know...just in case my head explodes....lol

Gingermommy said...

I am just getting over being sick but would be afraid to try this lol. Maybe I will make and give to hubs when he is sick, BAhahahaha!

caninecologne said...

I actually a cold (darnit) so I might make this tomorrow. I just need apple cider vinegar. Finally, a use for that Canadian maple syrup! :)

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