Marguerite and I are much better now. When we were sick, my mom brewed a big pot of soursop tea (guyabano to Filipinos - and apparently, it's a wonder fruit) from which we (we all had varying degrees of cough and colds) ladled out portions throughout the day. I'm not sure if it was effective this time since we were already getting well anyway and hot tea in general just has this healing effect on people (that's my belief).
Mom learned about guyabano tea from her favorite Carica dealer. Since my sister got sick (Thank God that she's well now), Mom got to be friends with the owner of the nearest Carica retailer. I have yet to meet her, but I'm sure that, thanks to Mom, she knows all of the ailments - from a bad case of insect bites to asthma attacks - we've experienced for the past three years or so. Anyway, guyabano tea tastes good to me (my cousin didn't care for it), kind of like a mild sago-gulaman flavor. I'm not a fan of the fruit itself (I'm not totally averse - it's just something I wouldn't seek out to eat), but my mom is and I remember having a guyabano tree on the property when I was younger.
Anyway, I'm a known tea fiend and I do want to observe proper tea with Marguerite, but I only allow her to have herbal or green occasionally. I believe even herbal tea has tannins that prevent iron (from plant sources, I think) absorption.
Off to get ready for church...