Thursday, January 6, 2011

Following The Doctors' Orders

Christine, our favorite pharmacist, told us she has been inundated with prescriptions for colds and flus -- considerably more so this year than in the past.

You can imagine my delight then, when I saw a completely natural recipe from "grandmere" to sooth and relieve unpleasant symptoms of the common cold. Le champagne chaud!

Yes indeed, hot champagne!

The Recipe:

Pour one class of champagne in a small saucepan 

Add 2 cubes of sugar

Heat until the liquid bubbles (I thought champagne bubbled naturally. . .)

Pour into a cup and let cool

Drink before bed with one or two warm blankets

Explanation: According to Henri Puget, author of the book, "Remèdes de Famille" the patient perspires through the night and wakes up the next morning well on the way to recovery. The champagne supposedly causes a chemical action when mixed (and heated) with the sugar that results in a serious attack on the toxins causing the nasty cold.

Et voila!

Pursuing today's theme, psychiatrist Stéphane Clergget told Figaro Madame magazine for it's last issue of the year that it's important for women to feel "belle."

Hello? Really? Tell us more, Dr. Clergget. . .

"The expression 'what counts is the beauty emanating from the interior,' is false," he said.

"The beauty of the heart and the spirit is inseparable from the body. To worry about one's appearance is essential for one's well-being.

"The time a woman takes to apply her makeup is a source of emotion, meditation and reflection. When a woman takes good care of herself, she 'sends out' a positive image. To make oneself beautiful is fundamentally to make one feel good, to nourish assurance and personal esteem.

"This has nothing to do with egocentrism."

Thank you, Dr. Clergget.

Now I'm off to Paris to partake in some serious self-indulgence that will most certainly make me as beautiful on the inside as on the outside and trigger a serious boost in my self-esteem. 


Concrete Jungle said...

I am saving that cure receipe! Thank you.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Tish
Interesting cure for a cold!!! I'll have to wait for winter for that one.. hopefully!!

I wanted to wish you a wonderful new year.. sorry I'm so late to visit but my internet is as fickle as ever!!

Best wishes to you and your family!! ciao xxx Julie

knitpurl said...

Dr. Clergget is right. Where was Le champagne chaud when I was "dieing" of bronchitis last month? Happy Thursday, I'm off to get my workout done for the day. xoxo, C.

Spiral Style said...

I agree with Dr. Clergget. So along those lines, it's a haircut for me today and some retail therapy.

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

Have fun! I am so jealous. I have been to Bliss in NYC a few times and LOVED it. Yes it is very good for EVERYTHING. I came out a little red faced( literally) and so relaxed I wised I lived in the city- it is very to drive home when you feel like Jello... Bonne journee.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Tish, what a great cure for a cold! I shall give that a go next time.

Have a fabulous time in Paris, you deserve it xx

Deja Pseu said...

Ooh, looking forward to hearing about your Paris day...

I think le docteur has a point though, whether one wears makeup or not. Making the time for a bit of self-indulgent skin or haircare boosts my mood considerably.

Jacqueline said...

Ooooo Tish...... I feel a cold coming on !!!! haha XXXX

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

A spa day would be my prescritption for wellness...savour and enjoy.

Hot champagne is new to me...chicken soup is my go to remedy!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Thank you. I love what both doctors had to say. Next cold, I'm treating with champagne!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Tish you are my savior! I've been suffering from a cold/flu since the 28th & just can't beat it. Who knew my cure was in my wine fridge?! I"m breaking out the red lipstick & the bubbly pronto. Thanks my dear, you've made my day. Sending you lots of wishes for a healthy, & deliriously happy New Year.

xo xo Deb

Karena said...

Tish both are excellent suggestions for the season!!

Especially the Champagne!

Art by Karena

Rubiatonta said...

Mindful maquillage, huh?

I don't think I wear enough to get the benefits, but I think Pseu's right about indulgent skin care...

Hill House Ramblings said...

I agree with Dr. Clergget on all points...and I've never heard of that recipe before. I've written it down for future reference. Happy New Year Tish! Enjoy your time in Paris.


Charlotte said...

Yes! And because champagne goes flat so quickly, the rest must be consumed in short order.

Expatwithkids said...

Brilliant. Just last week my cousin was asking me if I had a champagne remedy against colds.
Perfect timing. Thanks.

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BigLittleWolf said...

I'm going to take my time over my eyeliner and mascara in the morning, and mix myself some champagne and sugar, um, with a dash of jus d'orange.

Good enough?


Bonne année 2011 !

Belle de Ville said...

Champagne chaud...who knew?
Personally I like a hot toddy to ward off he effects of a cold. It may not actually work on the cold, but it certainly makes me feel better.

mudderbear said...

I like what Dr. Clergget has to say and how he says it. Why else would we women spend so much time with make-up and these routines? It takes a lot of time and I'm not always sure it does very much good for me, but I FEEL like it does and that's the important thing.

Britta said...

I have another recipe when a cold is announcing: pour 3 l milk into a bath (body temperature) and lie in it a while. Then up to bed! The saying is the same: the milk should draw the toxins out of your body - till now it helped!
And your Doctor is right, of course - I always see doing my make-up as a sort of meditation: the concentration e.g. to draw a wonderful eye-liner line is meditation pure! (no joke)

Pearl said...

My favorite cure for a cold includes bourbon--not very French, but incredibly effective! I hope you feel better. And yes, I thoroughly agree that fixing your outsie makes you feel better about your inside... most times.

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