Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coronavirus Remedies

I call them remedies rather than cures since I suspect that most of these have the effect of suppressing the symptoms rather than actually eliminating the disease. Many of these have ethnic roots as well, so get ready for some cultural assimilation.

Remedy #1 An Irish remedy
This one involves gelatinous seaweed

The Red Seaweed of Chondrus crispus and Mastocarpus stellatus have been used for Centuries in Ireland to relieve sore throats, coughs and colds.
Need :
  • 25g of Carrageen / Irish Moss
  • 600ml (1 pint) of water
  • Lemon, sugar, honey – to taste to your own preferences
The traditional way to make this is to :
  • Soaked 25g of Carrageen / Irish Moss in a bowl of cold water for 15 mins.
  • Place soaked Carrageen / Irish Moss in a pan with 600ml (1 pint) of water.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 mins – the Carrageen / Irish Moss should break up into little pieces and the liquid thickens.
  • Strain the liquid through a sieve, making sure you get all the liquid through the sieve with the spoon.
  • Add Sugar, lemon, honey to taste – to your own taste.
  • Allow to cool and decant into a resealable jar/container.
  • This will keep in the fridge for approx 1 week.
  • Other flavours can be added to your own taste – ginger, vanilla essence, etc.

My own personal suggestion for flavoring would be Tullimore Dew. In moderation, of course.

Remedy #2. Another Irish remedy: One of my friends also has an Irish remedy which involves hanging your hat on a bedpost and taking a bottle of whisky to bed with you which you drink until you see two hats. I suspect that when you regain consciousness, the hangover will overwhelm any other problems you might have and you can get back to work just like any other Monday morning.

Remedy #3. A Welsh remedy.  I got this one off one of the news feeds I read. A Welshman, working in China came down with the dreaded Kung Flu and was by his account, at deaths door when he decided to try his national cure, a Honey Lemon Toddy. This involves 2 levels of prep, depending on how long you think you have to live I guess. The simple one at he link
  • 2 ounces scotch whiskey
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • hot water (to taste)
He says it saved his life. He also didn't say how many he took. I recommend 3 parts water to 1 part booze. I made mine using Tincup Rye whiskey and it was really smooth and tasty. Smooths the throat too. If you have a bit longer to live, have the ingredients, and remember where you put them, you can add a couple of cloves, some cinnamon stick, and just a hint of nutmeg.

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