brews for flus

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2013/01/09

Tuned in to VHF this morning for anything I could pick up on the clean up of the KVK oil spill or the Seastreak accident. Heard nothing about both.

But I did catch this on VHF13:

A NYHarbor tug which moves oil called out to a cruise ship, tied up at pier 88. The cruise ship responds. (Yes, I know the names; No, not naming.)

Tug: “Yeah, we’ve been here for 40mins, and not a hatch has opened.”
Cruise ship: “Oh…oh. Stand by, please, stand by.”  A few minutes go by.  “Yes, someone has gone to open the hatches, now.”


What do you say to the nice tankerman who’s been waiting on the barge for you?


sorry: posting while under the influence of flu. This is the first year I get a flu shot and BAM! hit by da bug. Hard.
To my aid came this from an old salt and top first aid administrator:

Old seamans recipe for a grog:

take a mug
fill it half with HOT water
add sugar, or honey and some citron
add half whiskey, or brandy
drink as hot as possible
take 2 paracetamol (we call it acetaminophen)

Now you have to hurry to make it to your bed, because you will probably faint. You will sweat all night. Next morning you will be still ramshackle, but are going to be ok.

This is the brew I used, killer-effective:zenzero

• 2 cups of water,

•12 to 20 thick slices of ginger,

• 3 to 4 teaspoons of brown sugar (not white)

Boil together for a good long while, until a quarter or a third of the water boils off.

Drink as hot as you can handle. It will feel like lava, but not due to temperature, but the ginger’s power.

Go to bed immediately. Sweat sear your bugs out. Wake up and thank the Goddesses you survived the brew.

*** galley version: 3 cups water, 1.5 tablespoon powdered ginger, 2 tablespoons brown sugar; boil 20 mins.
(*not white sugar. Only brown sugar.)

A tip from King Neptune:
Pickle juice.
More electrolytes than Gatorade. Just water it down to dilute all the salt.

Avoid coffee, tea and lemon: these are diruretic, which makes you move water out. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Stay healthy! Best to you if you were on the ferry this morning, under the bug, or otherwise not feeling A-1.

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  1. Working Harbor Committee said, on 2013/01/10 at 00:06

    Sorry you are under the weather. Add a dram of whiskey to that hot ginger tea, and you’ll be set. Get well soon!

  2. bowsprite said, on 2013/01/10 at 02:21

    thank you, WHC!

    Valeria just wrote that some people will add milk and an egg to pickle juice.
    Is this to revolt the virus from your system?

  3. Mary, the Librarian said, on 2013/01/10 at 07:19

    But don’t take your grog with acetaminophen as it’s bad for your liver. Good ol’ aspirin with whiskey is safer and will do the trick.

  4. Reid Sprague (@rbss4) said, on 2013/01/10 at 07:55

    Feel better soon! If you try all the recipes – and survive – could you publish a ratings review?

    God bless you!

    • bowsprite said, on 2013/01/10 at 08:37

      I’d give anything with hot water a rating of 10!
      hot water with ginger (and the brown sugar!),
      hot water with vegetables (fresh or frozen) simmered with salt
      hot water with apples simmered (for cough: pears simmered with brown sugar)
      hot water with rice or some other grains, but very watery soupy, with salt,
      hot water with lemon and brown sugar (I did lemon, anyway!)
      – I’m sure chicken soup is de rigeur for many, but I was in a vegetable only mood.

      I had no spirits in the house, so I can’t say!
      I did try acetaminophen, but it came back out, with vitamin pills, so i stuck to watery brews.

      I give the pickle juice a 10. But i have jars of farmers market pickles, which do not have the preservatives and extra sodium of chain brands. Maybe apple cider vinegar with salt?

      And I am giving that milk, egg and pickle juice wide berth! that sounds like something served at an equator-crossing ritual!

  5. o docker said, on 2013/01/10 at 12:55

    Flus and blues?
    Wooze, achoos?
    Screw the news!
    Some crews enthuse
    Over booze or brews
    Or teas infuse,
    But if it’s Lou’s or Stu’s
    Or a kangaroo’s
    Whose muse you choose,
    Whatever you dooze,
    Lose the shoes,
    To bed with youse,
    Snooze, snooze, snooze.

    • bowsprite said, on 2013/01/10 at 13:20

      flutter flutter goes my ticktocker
      another one penned by that dext’rous ODocker!

      the clock strikes one,
      the mouse stands stunned

      and the rope runs away with the harpoon!

      (all no drugs, folks! pure organic, free-range, viral toxins! wheeeeee!)

      • o docker said, on 2013/01/11 at 12:25

        Be well soon – Docker’s orders!

  6. doryman said, on 2013/01/10 at 14:21

    If you drink enough whiskey, your headache will drown all sorrows…
    Sickness is to remind us to be grateful for how good we feel the rest of the time.

    • bowsprite said, on 2013/01/10 at 21:23

      I am completely grateful to be counted among the living with you all!

  7. Bonnie K. Frogma said, on 2013/01/10 at 23:59

    Feel better soon, I’m still looking forward to the CowCow GirlSea. Seacow Girlhorse. Horsecow…oh, whatever. Does that Staten Island Ferry drink have vitamin C?

    • bowsprite said, on 2013/01/11 at 08:09

      hele pipi wahine horse’s mouth! i dunno. It’s orange, though! a Staten Island Ferry in one hand and a Dark and Stormy in the other!

  8. mageb said, on 2013/01/11 at 11:40

    They are saying that it takes up to two weeks for the shot to become active. I’m so sorry you caught the flu before time. Yes, stunning calender….plenty of room to hem. Hurrah! And add rum. Hot rum toddies will cure the flu fast.

  9. walt said, on 2013/01/11 at 13:06

    We Want you to get well Soon!
    You’re better by now i hope!
    The same here: took the shot, and was on the canvas for 2 days: New Years day, and 1/2//13 Good TV!
    My 84 year old mom is on the canvas and she took the shot too, Now she’s on a Bayer 400mg antibiotic
    i’m no doc but, i think it’s a viral infection. The CVS red cough medicine works for her!
    Be Well!!!!

  10. Michael said, on 2013/01/12 at 09:51

    Worship at the ginger temple, and feel better soon!

  11. vagabonde said, on 2013/01/14 at 12:31

    So sad to start the year with the flu – I hope you will feel better soon. Our treatment at home was called a “grog” it was with a small amount of hot water and rum and honey. Gargling with salt is supposed to be good too. But staying in bed reading a good book might be the answer. Meilleure santé!

  12. tom russell said, on 2013/01/17 at 08:08

    the flu and alcohol don’t work for me. sleep, sleep, sleep. that works. the body loves rest.

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