The good news is that almost every aspect of my cold is gone. The bad news is that the one remaining element, the cough, is horrendous, dramatic, keeping me and my husband up at night, making me ache, and giving me a headache. And, most importantly, annoying my coworkers.
The good thing is, though, I work with people who work with homeopaths. And then have interesting ideas about how to make you better. Such as, Chrysanthemum Tea. So, an editor supplied me with an empty packet of the "good" sort of tea that had been sent to her, and the address of a local acupuncturist/chinese herbal store (the acupuncturist goes by Doctor Ginger. I find this hysterical. Even more hysterical since I found that link.)
Anyway. Original packet:
And so, E-liz and I were off on a work sanctioned adventure. (she, because she works with the homeopaths, and me, because my boss wanted me to stop coughing already!) The building was easy to find. We walk in, and at it's a compact, dusty, small but awesome store presents itself to me. At 11:30 AM on a Thursday morning, the store was already crowded with 3 other people. E-liz and I edge our way around to where we see an entire wall of teas, we settle in, knowing that this would be a long process, figuring out which one we need. I'm holding the original Chrysanthemum Beverage packet in my hand, and an older Chinese lady walks up ot us and tells us that "These are teas for colds." Then, she notices the packed in my hand and says, "Are you looking for that one?" "Yes," we reply, and she disappears but almost instantly throws this bag at me:
And, notice the green sweep-y thing at the top - it's the same brand, just the Americanized version of the tea I'm holding. So I immediately buy it.
Total damage? 20 packs of the tea powder stuff for $2.
And yeah, it's a disolving powder that's very sugary, but good. It smells like maple sugar.
I'm not sure if it was the traditional Chinese remedy or just the hot sugary water, but something in that made my cough better. For about a half hour. Which I'll totally take.