You can’t imagine how much I was looking forward to having our son home for Thanksgiving — along with all of his friends. To me, it seemed like a page out of the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, just before George is supposed to go off to college, before he realizes he’s never going.
But somewhere, somehow, he got sick. We aren’t sure if it was a friend with a virus, or the cranberry sauce. Â It may have been the sauce, because the rest of our family, the non-cranberry eaters, was pretty much safe.
But it was just the two of us, with pains in our stomachs that kept us from getting the rest we needed. Â We tookÂ Oscillococcinum, but in my brain fog, I completely forgot about cinnamon and oregano oil.Â Â (Sometimes, I do need a mom myself.)
But with all the churning inside of our stomachs, I did manage to remember the warm gelatin my mom gave me. Suddenly, I began to realize why she gave me warm gelatin — because it settles your stomach! When you can’t keep water down, there’s nothing about the stiffness of gelatin to hold things together. Â If you haven’t tried it — try it the next time and see what you think.
Here’s a very quick, low-sugar version that was pretty good, adapted from the package:
- One envelop of unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cupÂ of fruit juice, or ginger ale. (I used lemon/ginger soda, of course, because I had some ready to go.) Make it as sweet as you need — but not going overboard. Of course, depends upon your audience.
- 1 cup of boiling water. (Alternatively, you could addÂ 1 cup of peppermint hot tea, as peppermint is also good for settling the stomach.)
- 1 teaspoon of groundÂ ginger, to help settle the stomach.
- Add gelatin to boiling water, and stir to dissolve. Add remaining ingredients and sip.
This worked like magic… bring comfort and stability. But honestly, I think the cinnamon oil would have been great.
If anything, warm gelatin gives you something to do, to give, to someone who’s suffering, that just needs to “get through it.”