Buy Nothing Month; day five

sage and garlic syrup - perfect for catarrh and coughsOk, well not quite according to plan at the moment! Little Miss Green has been ill with a nasty cough and raging temperature. The temperature I am happy to deal with and have yarrow in the house along with some essential oils for this. BUT, I had a real procrastination summer and didn’t make any cough syrup.

So I ended up buying some online. Grrrrrrr. I put it down as a ‘necessity’ but in all honesty, if I’d been more organised I wouldn’t have been caught out. I know there is a belief that you should be careful what you wish for, but honestly, I should know by now that getting a cough is one of Little Miss Green’s things; it happens every year, so I’m kicking myself for not preparing for it.

Ah well, we live and learn and so does my bank balance. There is only one brand I will buy because it is similar to the one I make and doesn’t have any crap in it, but of course, the less is in something and the better quality it is, the more you pay for it.

In addition, I needed to get a couple of things in the shop and wasn’t focusing properly, so probably didn’t make the best and most economical choices. I had my babe in my arms (she’s seven and weighs over half my bodyweight so you can imagine the scene LOL!) and neither of us have slept for two nights. I grabbed pre-packaged stuff and even bought a cooked chicken for the cat – WTF??

I just couldn’t think to buy properly. But I spent about eleven pounds which will see us through for a few days and is far less than I would normally spend. In the organic farm shop I only needed root veg, so that cost me less than four pounds for a box of delicious local goodies.

I’ve been eating really lightly for the past two days and I feel GREAT on it. Usually I stuff myself when the clocks go back, plus I’m in the midst of PMT which usually means ‘more of everything please’ at the dinner table, but for the past 48 hours I’ve just been eating home made lentil soup with carrots, potatoes and garlic added and some gorgeous, fresh, local apples. Amazingly I feel really ‘warm’. I often get cold if I don’t eat ‘enough’ but I feel energised (considering the lack of sleep and 24 hour care I’ve been administering) and plenty warm enough.

What’s interesting is that desire to eat lighter co-incides with getting up at 5:30am to do a 60 day discipline I have started with chanting a mantra 108 times morning and night! A friend suggested I do it to dissolve some fears I have that are blocking me at the moment. I didn’t make a conscious decision to eat less, I’ve just found myself naturally doing it, so I can’t help but think there might be a link. More on that another time.

So I’m not quite striding ahead with spending nothing, but I am spending less and even in her delirious state today I was able to say NO to a couple of things my angel asked for because I knew she wouldn’t have the appetite to eat them and they would be wasted.


  1. Lisa on November 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Regarding the cough syrup, I have a good/natural recommendation for a replacement. When I was growing up, my mom always served me lemon and honey. Come to find out this is a british thing, I guess. Anyhow, boil some water, add a few tablespoons of lemon juice and a few tablespoons of honey. Just doctor it up to taste. The lemon juice has healthy things like vitamin C and the honey is soothing and coats the throat. Having the drink hot is soothing too, probably best to let it cool to warm for a child. This is a great remedy for little cost and with things that might be hanging around the house. I keep a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge for this need and canning. Try it, I hope you like! -Lisa (

  2. Mrs Green on November 22, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Lisa,
    Good to see you and thanks for the honey and lemon idea. You know, alot of over-the-counter remedies have these exact things in them (alongside a bunch of chemicals). It really is a time-honoured remedy, and, as you pointed out, it’s cheap and most people have these things in the house. 🙂