Summer Heat Woes

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As much as I tried to avoid getting overheated and succumbing to Summer Heat in the middle of a pretty horrid heat wave, I must admit: I failed.   It has been two years since I’ve had a Summer Heat invasion, the last time was when I decided to bicycle to work in 100F heat on an air quality alert day.

On July 4th, I woke up at 3am with the overwhelming sense that I was both burning up, and freezing.  I woke up only because I was having nightmares.  I was in a cold sweat, yet my body felt like it was boiling from the inside!  This is not a pleasant experience, but at 3am it seemed even more so mixed with my newly awakened foggy state.  Out of bed I crawl, taking a blanket and my pillow with me, and onto the couch.  I got a glass of water, cut a slice of fresh ginger, and started up a movie.  The fresh ginger may or may not have been a good idea, but it was the only thing that sounded appealing to my very unhappy stomach at the time.  I spent the next two and a half hours jumping up from the couch, and running into the bathroom.  I was miserable.

Eventually, I remembered that I had a tincture blend with some cooling herbs, herbs that would help me sweat a little, right on my kitchen counter-top.  I made some hot water, and in the tincture went.  I drank the hot tincture water, ate another slice of fresh ginger, then drew a tepid Epsom salt bath.  I sat in the bathtub, alternating between sweats and chills, until the goosebumps I’d had since 3am went away.  Thankfully, I started to fall asleep in the bath, so I promptly bundled myself up and crawled back into bed to sleep until 10.30am.

When I awoke, I was no longer in a feverish haze, and I made the following tea blend in my French Press:

  • 1 part chrysanthemum leaves
  • 1/2 part mung beans
  • 1/4 part mint
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 1 part qing hao

I let all of this steep for 25 minutes, then drank the whole pot.  By the end of the pot of tea, I felt like I could function enough to figure out something to eat (plain white rice, with some cooked veggies.)  I spent the rest of the day and weekend doing my best to eat a very simple diet, of cooked vegetables, not too much animal protein, and no raw foods.  I ate some steamed bean sprouts each day, which helped tremendously.

Looking back on this, I really wish I had had a packet of this tea blend (or tea pills) ready to go for my middle of the night illness as I believe I could have suffered for far fewer hours than I did if I had made this tea straight away – even though I was in no shape/state to be making proper tea.  I am thankful that I have a good number of tinctures lying about to help in a pinch though!  The day before I got sick, I had eaten a lot of avocado mixed with steamed and raw vegetables, salad with feta cheese, and a ton of watermelon.  I should also mention that I really like beer with ice in it when I get home from work.  I clearly did not follow my own advice.  The combination of food and drink during the heat wave made my body too cold and damp to handle the heat and humidity outside.

Take care during this season of Fire, especially with these very hot and humid days.  Don’t end up like me, feeling like a Baked Alaska, at 3am at the start of a holiday weekend!