I’m not a Witch.
Well… okay, I am. But not the Hogwarsts graduate, flying on a broomstick sort of Witch. I’m more of a walking in the woods, hugging trees, natural healing sort of Witch.
Which is fine, because you don’t need to have spent hours in a dungeon with Professor Snape in order to be able to brew up a good Pepperup Potion.
Anyone can do it.
You don’t even have to be a Witch.
For the past week or so our household has been plagued by this sort of stuffy nose, sinus headache, virus thingy that has been making everyone miserable.
Enter Pepperup Potion… which was a nice, warming drink designed to make everyone feel better. It’s not a magic cure, I’m afraid, and it won’t make steam come out of your ears.
Take a nice, pastured chicken and stick it in a pot of water. If desired, add a bit of salt (like this.)
Add about three heads of garlic, peeled. (Yes, I really did say heads of garlic.) Garlic has powerful antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antiviral properties. It is also something of a decongestant.
And a large handful of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into chunks. Ginger is helpful for muscle aches and joint pain… which often accompany a cold or flu. It also settles the stomach, which was especially helpful for us because this particular virus brought with it a certain amount of nausea.
I think for a whole day I ate nothing but water, a little tea, and this potion.
Add a heaping teaspoon of chipotle pepper. Chipotle pepper is made from fully mature jalapeno peppers roasted for a smokey flavor. People normally choose cayenne for its ability to break up mucus, but I have found that chipotle works just as well. Besides, I think a heaping teaspoon of cayenne might actually make steam come out of your ears! (But then, I’m a hot-stuff wimp.)
Simmer for a hour or two. (Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is at least 165 degrees.)
Remove the chicken and save it for another dish. Also save the chicken carcass–there is probably a batch of bone broth still in it.
Scoop out some of the broth, salt to taste, and sip slowly. It is hot and spicy and it should make your nose run in no time!
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**Also Note: The world of Harry Potter belongs to JK Rowling. This Pepperup Potion is of my own creation and, to the best of my knowledge, bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Pepperup Potion mentioned in the Books.**
*** Finally Note: The cup was a thank you present to my husband from Forks Road Pottery. Please check them out; they do amazing work!***
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