I got hit with either a bad, bad cold or the flu and have been held up on the couch for the last two days. I have a fever and every bone in my body aches. Admittedly, I am not the best patient because I have a hard time sitting still.

That said, I am trying to give in to resting. I’ve been drinking ginger beer and eating some thick lentil soup. I have also whipped up what I call Erika’s Elixir, or Heiße Zitrone.

My friend Erika is German-American and her mother used to make this for her whenever she got sick. I included the recipe in my book because it’s a great way to use up honey from your bees or lemon from your citrus trees. It gives your body a shot of vitamin C and soothes achy bones.

Heiße Zitrone (spelled in English as heissezitrone)

  • Heat four cups of water on the stove with 1/4 cup of honey and 1/4 tsp grated ginger (optional)
  • Once boiling, stir in the juice of two ripe lemons
  • Drink as-is or add a little whiskey to help you sleep

Despite being under the weather, I have a Twitter party planned for tonight with the folks at Holistic Moms Network starting around 7 PST. If you use Twitter, shoot me a homesteading question or perhaps share with me your go-to cold recipes. Just put @hipchickdigs in your tweet and the hashtag #holisticmoms at the end.

Heiße Zitrone

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