Several days ago when we were working hard to get things at the cottage packed up and cleaned up, a couple of the boys complained of tummy aches. I was sadly quite unsympathetic and insisted that everyone still needed to do their part.
Well, today I’ve had the bug that evidently they had. I’m more than a little chagrined at my own lack of sympathy. They really DID feel bad!
Feeling queasy and unsettled all day made me think of the home remedy that I learned years and years ago for an upset tummy. To be honest, I don’t recall who first told me about this, but I know that when I needed to get through my ten-year high school reunion (boy was THAT a long time ago) while recovering from the stomach flu, this trick stood me in good stead.
This remedy calls for about 4 ounces of cold club soda and a couple squirts of Angostura Bitters over ice. Normally I don’t care for the flavor of bitters, but this combination is unbelievably soothing on a sick stomach. In the glass it’s a pale pink and, if you’re trying to navigate a social situation like I was trying to make it through my reunion, it looks like a sociable sort of drink.
As a little background, from the Angostura Bitters page, “Angostura Aromatic Bitters is a highly concentrated food and beverage flavoring. Made from a secret formula, it is a unique blend of natural herbs and spices which is used to flavor a wide variety of foods and drinks. The “secret” was developed in 1824 by Dr. J. G. B. Siegert, a Surgeon General in Simon Bolivar’s army in Venezuela.” It was orginally developed as a natural cure for ailments but became a “magic ingredient” in many drinks about 1862.
So….now I’m off to see if we have club soda in the house….
LB’s Note: I used this once, remembering Barb telling me about it, when I had been at an amusement park all day, doing ALL the rides. When we got to a restaurant that evening, I was STILL on the rides, and couldn’t get rid of the “spins”. I asked for a club soda with bitters, and felt immediately better–my head rejoined my body, and my tummy settled down. It really IS effective.