Bromeliad, when you feel a cold com­ing

Tillsonburg News - - OPINION - Linda hoff­man two­centsworth40@hot­

ran out of pineap­ple juice a cou­ple weeks ago.

i al­ways keep a cou­ple con­tain­ers of pure pineap­ple juice in the fridge to ward off colds. The pineap­ple is a mem­ber of the bromeliad fam­ily. it con­tains nat­u­ral bro­mide, which can be re­lated to but not de­fined to treat­ment of some health is­sues. bro­mide is used in cold medicine. i checked this out with mae, my “go to” ex­pert on ev­ery­thing.

mrs. Nam­soo, a long ago teacher here in ot­ter­ville, who was from Trinidad, told mae the raw pineap­ple was used by ev­ery­body with a cold and the se­cret for its use was to start as soon as you sense a cold com­ing on.

The pineap­ple sym­bol­izes hospi­tal­ity and it tastes re­ally good alone or as a mix with an as­sort­ment of other things you might want to drink. i drink it straight or eat it raw. un­like mae, who likes to do ev­ery­thing for her­self and buys it with the shell and crown on, i buy mine al­ready cleaned and sliced in those lit­tle, very use­ful, clear con­tain­ers, or al­ready juiced.

like i said, i have for a very long time kept a cou­ple con­tain­ers of pure pineap­ple juice in the fridge and gulp it down as soon as i think i might be get­ting some­thing. i have not had a cold in a very long time. That’s proof enough for me.

since i didn’t have any when the inkling hit and didn’t get out to get any for a cou­ple days, the bug got a good hold of me. i doc­tored my­self for al­most two weeks but things con­tin­ued to get worse.

The cough­ing was vi­cious. i was forced to spend the night sit­ting up in a chair be­cause of the cough­ing, which does not make for good sleep­ing, but also be­cause i had to be close to the bath­room. at this point all the years of kegels weren’t enough.

The over-the-counter med­i­ca­tions and home­made reme­dies i was us­ing were just not work­ing so i broke down and went to the doc­tor. re­gard­less of how aw­ful i felt, the doc­tor could not find any­thing to back up my complaints. my chest, lungs, ears, throat and si­nuses were clear and my nasal pas­sages dry (who knew that was a good thing?). she ad­vised me to con­tinue the Tylenol, buck­ley’s, honey and cayenne pep­per. did you know there is a brand of cough drops that has in­spi­ra­tional and mo­ti­va­tional quotes printed on the wrap­pers?

dur­ing all this i spent lots of time, coiled up in front of the fire­place, swad­dled in blan­kets, watch­ing Tv and learn­ing a few more words i can share.

Con­vivial - friendly at­mos­phere, lively, en­joy­able; a cheer­ful, jovial per­son. vi­tu­per­a­tive - bit­ter and abu­sive. anath­ema - some­thing or some­one that one ve­he­mently dis­likes, hates.

Fridge is again well stocked with pineap­ple juice.

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