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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Your Handy Sure-Fire Pre-Cold Remedy

Arriving home from doing my morning chores, I decided to take a dip in the pool, since the day was crisp, but gorgeously sunny.

Mistake.

A brisk east-west wind knifed through my wet body, as I got out.

With my defences down, I have caught what we call in U-speak, "chill", and what everyone else calls a cold.

But hang on!

I don't have a cold just yet. I'm just at that stage where the cold is starting.

You know how it is:

Your temple is clammy, your throat is itchy, your muscles feel like collapsing into a dreamy sleep. A feeling of always wanting to sneeze overwhelms you.

I'm exactly at that point now, so tonight, I have two choices.

Take a warm, oatmeal bubble bath, lather my throat with Vicks Vapour Rub (vibaparu in "Cuban"), and put on my very unsexy, un-Naked Twister cashmere socks, and drop off into a gentle slumber.

Tomorrow, I will surely awake sounding like Harvey Firestein, and feel like somebody passed my body through the meat grinder.

Or I can do as the Brazilians do, and "cut" the cold before it starts.

Now I know what you're thinking.

There is no cure for the common cold!

True, there isn't, but when I was in Rio de Janeiro some years ago, I was in very much the same position I am in now: that achy bones first day of a cold.

That's when the local corner "Vitamina" guy took one look at me, and "prescribed" what he said was a sure-fire pre-cold remedy.

"You take it, and the next day, you're as good as new!"

If you're sceptical, I was doubly so.

First, let me explain what a vitamina is.

It's not exactly a vitamin, like a Flintstones Chewable (I love those!).

A vitamina is basically a fruit concoction, but depending on the fruit, it can have milk or cream added unto it.

You can call it a fruit shake if you want, but I just call it what they do, a Vitamina (vee-tah-mee-nah).

So for the benefit of mankind, I blog the super simple recipe below, so that you too may make it, in hopes one day, of staving off a nasty cold.

YOUR HANDY SURE-FIRE PRE-COLD REMEDY

(Courtesy of that Vitamina Guy in Copacabana's Prado Junior Corner Cafe)

6 whole Valencia oranges
3 whole Lemons
2 whole Limes
1 Grapefruit
2 Tbsp Sugar / 4 sugarcubes


Express each of these citrus fruits by hand. Do not use store-bought concentrate.

The key is the order.

First, Lemon, then Lime, then Grapefruit, finally Orange.

Using a blender, mix it for 2 minutes, whilst adding the sugar slowly, so that the bitter taste, and believe me, it's very bitter, is lessened. It should come out frothy, with a lovely "head".



Drink.

Get better!

P.S.: If you see me blogging tomorrow, it worked. If not, shoot the Vitamina Guy for me.

13 Comments:

  • My cure is: Tea, Honey, Lemon and Whiskey...the disease is...well, I haven't gotten to that part yet.

    I mistrust the juice people. Jack LaLaine (age: 91) said the other day,

    "Would you start the day for your dog with coffee and a doughnut?"

    And I thought, well, no, he has to have his unfiltered Lucky Strike first!

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Mar 29, 01:31:00 am GMT-5  

  • But I send curing energies through an IP packet of care to you sweet Victoria...get better so blogginess may continue!

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Mar 29, 01:33:00 am GMT-5  

  • My cure is: Tea, Honey, Lemon and Whiskey...

    Grandma, is that you?

    the disease is...well, I haven't gotten to that part yet.

    Nor I. ;)

    I mistrust the juice people.

    Welllll. You remember that Mark McGwire used to be an avid juicer.

    No, I'm serious! Not the juice, as in Canseco Juice.

    But I distinctly remember him flogging the Juiceman series of juicers.

    Jack LaLaine (age: 91) said the other day,

    "Would you start the day for your dog with coffee and a doughnut?"


    If it's good enough for Brian, it's good enough for my Schmoopsie!

    And I thought, well, no, he has to have his unfiltered Lucky Strike first!

    Heh. Quite.

    This is also why I smile knowingly at the vegan crowd, who wouldn't touch a rump roast with a ten-foot pole, but are quite receptive and forgiving of the the hippie lettuce.

    Hypocrites. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 29, 02:07:00 am GMT-5  

  • But I send curing energies through an IP packet of care to you sweet Victoria...get better so blogginess may continue!

    Thank you so much, Ron! I'm just off to bed now, after a hot shower.

    I have already keyboarded ('penned' sounds wrong) another, weightier post, but this is still my favourite of the day. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 29, 02:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • Tomorrow, I will surely awake sounding like Harvey Firestein...

    Good Morning, Harvey.

    You sure were humorous and very sunny last night for one under attack with a virus swarming throughout. I can't bear the thought of anything unpleasant traipsing about in such a perfect place.
    Personally, it's the scratchy throat I find annoying. Nothing, until perhaps now, has worked. Thank you for something new to try, when and if.

    This doesn't even require FDA approval, as a matter of fact they would probably say, "Oh, go away!"
    A lot they know.

    Only one thing you mentioned brought back my early childhood when my mother would apply the Vicks to my chest, cover it with a piece of torn blanket, I don't know why and telling me to go to sleep.
    There I was, cured in 7 to 10 days.

    By Blogger Paul, at Wed Mar 29, 08:54:00 am GMT-5  

  • Save the blender. Get yourself some ZiCam nasal swabs. Available at your local pharmacy. They are zinc-based gel on cotton swabs. Rub it on the inside of your nasal passages, following the package directions.

    It works every time for me. I've got about a 10-0 success rating.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Wed Mar 29, 06:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Good Morning, Harvey.

    In a completely coincidental reference, Renato and I watched "Domino" last night.

    You know, that Keira Knightley vehicle which told the real-life story of Laurence Harvey's daughter, Domino.

    It was OKAYYY. :)

    You sure were humorous and very sunny last night for one under attack with a virus swarming throughout. I can't bear the thought of anything unpleasant traipsing about in such a perfect place.

    Hah!

    Although I must say, for a girl who has never been a smoker, a drinker, a drugger, or promiscuous, my insides must look great. :)

    Personally, it's the scratchy throat I find annoying. Nothing, until perhaps now, has worked. Thank you for something new to try, when and if.

    It makes my already smokey voice, even deeper, and sexy -- so I can't complain.

    This doesn't even require FDA approval, as a matter of fact they would probably say, "Oh, go away!"
    A lot they know.


    They know a lot more than those folk down in Mexico!

    I note that Coretta Scott King was down there, in an alternative medicine clinic.

    Fat lot of good it did her, RIP.

    Only one thing you mentioned brought back my early childhood when my mother would apply the Vicks to my chest, cover it with a piece of torn blanket, I don't know why and telling me to go to sleep.

    Aww, that's so sweet.

    I can't wait until I do that too. To my own kids, that is. ;)

    There I was, cured in 7 to 10 days.

    I like vibaporu too, but I must say, I could do without that ring of Vicks and perspiration which forms in one's pj tops upon awaking. Ick.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 29, 07:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Save the blender. Get yourself some ZiCam nasal swabs. Available at your local pharmacy. They are zinc-based gel on cotton swabs. Rub it on the inside of your nasal passages, following the package directions.

    It works every time for me. I've got about a 10-0 success rating.


    I love you for giving me advice, Ruth Anne! Thanks. :)

    But I confess, I don't do homeopathic as a form of protest.

    I know, I know. I deserve to suffer. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 29, 07:59:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Cold Update:

    Still sniffly, and achy, but not feeling TOO badly, so I'd say the Vitamina Guy has earned one more day alive.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 29, 08:00:00 pm GMT-5  

  • You know, that Keira Knightley vehicle which told the real-life story of Laurence Harvey's daughter, Domino.

    Haven't a cluedo who these people are. I just thought the Good Morning, Harvey was a good lead in.

    It makes my already smokey voice, even deeper, and sexy -- so I can't complain.

    A man can only stand so much. I still listen to my "Did you like that, Paul?" recording when you weren't even sick.

    I note that Coretta Scott King was down there, in an alternative medicine clinic.

    Fat lot of good it did her, RIP.


    Could have just been the water :)

    Aww, that's so sweet.

    I can't wait until I do that too. To my own kids, that is. ;)


    You are quite the tease; one of your best parts!
    I never said I, or any of the other seven enjoyed it - we had no choice in the matter. I didn't like the smelly, greasy stuff at the time.
    We'd have gotten better in 7 - 10 days, with or without it. Any protests were met with, "Quiet, or I'll put some in your nose too."
    That's just for starters too!

    By Blogger Paul, at Wed Mar 29, 11:12:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Haven't a cluedo who these people are.

    LOL!

    I just thought the Good Morning, Harvey was a good lead in.

    Did you see the original Manchurian Candidate? Well, Laurence Harvey played Angela Lansbury's son.

    Domino Harvey was his daughter, in real life. :)

    A man can only stand so much. I still listen to my "Did you like that, Paul?" recording when you weren't even sick.

    Hehe. Suffer, bud.

    Could have just been the water :)

    You're a naughty boy!

    You are quite the tease; one of your best parts!

    I am, I am, but all in good fun, so that's all right. ;)

    I never said I, or any of the other seven enjoyed it - we had no choice in the matter. I didn't like the smelly, greasy stuff at the time.

    As for as greasy, smelly stuff goes, I looooove Vick's compared to Ben Gay, which is just nasty stuff.

    Good Lord, I had forgotten you were one of 8, though, Paul.

    And it goes to show, she still had the time to Vick's you down. So sweet. :)

    We'd have gotten better in 7 - 10 days, with or without it. Any protests were met with, "Quiet, or I'll put some in your nose too."
    That's just for starters too!


    Ah, yes.

    The dread suppositories. Those were fun, weren't they. ;)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Mar 30, 02:04:00 am GMT-5  

  • You missed the major one....brandy & port.

    By Blogger MuppetLord, at Thu Mar 30, 07:30:00 am GMT-5  

  • I have a similar recipe but I add a quarter or half a small beet and about 3 cups carrot juice. I keep it in the refrigerator in a pitcher so I can sip on it all day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Oct 02, 09:52:00 pm GMT-4  

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