By mama | May 21, 2008
I’ve had bronchitis now for about two weeks and it’s no fun at all. Last night I was making some hard-boiled eggs for egg salad and snacks and realized that if I was boiling water anyway, I might as well use the cooking water to give myself a little steam to alleviate my suffering, so I caught the cooking water in a pot set under the strainer, added a huge handful of dried thyme leaves, and then sat on the kitchen floor under a towel enjoying the new-found sense of freedom that comes with breathing clearly again after being sick for weeks. After ten minutes of blissful breathing, I decided that I still didn’t want this water to go down the drain so I drew a bath, strained the thyme tea, added epsom salts and a few drops of eucalyptus oil, then took a comforting soak. It felt wonderful. I massaged my chest muscles, which ache from coughing, and gave myself a footrub, too.
After I got out, I left the bathwater to cool, then used a bucket to take it out to the garden to feed my plants the enriched (magnesium sulfate and human skin must be good for something) water. They’re all still alive and perky today, so I guess it did them no harm and it felt better to use and use and use that water rather than just watching it slide down the drain.
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