Cuban Voodoo in Suburbia or Mami suggests a "cocimiento"

This flu thing is really doing a number on me.

I was even tempted to try an over-the-counter remedy like Thera-Flu or some such thing. 

But I did what any smart Cuban woman would do... I called my mom instead.

My 94-year-old mother is the original Old (Cuban) Wife from whence come the tales. =D

Her solution: "Dos aspirinas y un cocimiento."

That translates loosely to "two aspirin and a voodoo concoction that wouldn't be approved by the FDA."
She went on to describe what to put into the brew.

I'm allergic to aspirin and the cocimiento has an unusual (not appetizing) smell, so I'm just sitting here staring at it.

What to do... what to do?


Nope. I decided to not drink it. 
I know. I'm a coward. I'm just going to go back to bed.

The truth is that I started to feel better the moment she answered the phone. 
It's just such A Gift to still have my mom in moments like this.

Voodoo and all.  ;-)