Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cedar Fever Cure

I made my annual Cedar Fever potion today.

 It's not Cedar Fever Season yet, that's December - March.  In Cedar Fever Season, the air is scented day and night with a thick minty piney slightly sour smell from Ashe juniper trees (known to sufferers as 'damn cedar' trees).  The female trees bloom and the males release sprays of yellow-gold powdery pollen into the air to blanket the blooms.

Most Hill Country residents are allergic to cedar sex.  Violently allergic.  In bad pollen years, the drugstores run out of kleenex and the doctors stay home sick.

As potions go, this isn't complicated, but the cooking  is aromatic.  I might have gone a little overboard in the amount of leaves or maybe I didn't get it off the stove quite as soon as I should.  
Denny says the house smells like a cross between cat urine and a Christmas tree.  You'd think an odor that strong would sink to the floor from its own weight.

I think we'll sleep with the windows open tonight.

For my Texas friends who are desperate enough to want the recipe...the potion hasn't killed us yet but we're not doctors and can't say what is best for you... you're on your own with risk and all that. 

How we do it:  Cut young Ashe juniper leaves.  Wash and chop to make a packed cup.  Put in a pot with 1 quart cool water.  Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let cool.  Put 30 drops of juniper-water in 8 ounces of cool water and drink it down.  IN MID-OCTOBER.  

Air the house out.

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  1. I love you guys, but I would sooner eat a live red wiggle worm!

  2. My allergic response to this tree is so bad I believe your tonic might just kill me.

  3. That's awesome! Get around the allergy by BECOMING ONE WITH THE TREES! I love it. I wonder if that would work with ragweed? LOL!

  4. We have a comfortable guest room and y'all are always welcome. PS Bring potion :).

  5. We have a comfortable guest room and y'all are always welcome.
    PS Bring potion :).

  6. I'm a little late to the party, because I just moved to Boerne from South Texas a few months ago. Cedar Fever attacked me this month. In the past, I could just go home and get better. Now, home is where the cedar is.

    Do you take this tincture once a season, or is it a daily ritual? My story on this scourge is detailed at

  7. Do you only drink it once in mid-October?


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