Sick as a dog. Barely able to function. Breezing through a roll of Charmin every hour on the hour. Sneezing to beat the band. Sinus headache. Sore throat. Hot mess. Delirium tremens.
Welcome to cedar fever season in Austin, Texas.
The cedar choppers gave it all they had. Beginning in the early and middle part of the 19th century, rough men roamed the hills west of Austin chopping down Ashe Juniper for a living. Cedar choppers was the appellation given to them and it was often said with a sneer; it was a pejorative similar to redneck or hillbilly.
A person living in Austin in the early part of the 20th century would’ve duly noted men driving teams of mules down the street towing big wagons piled high with charcoal logs hollering “Char-r-r-r-coal”
One imagines the barbecue pit bosses of the day took a pass on buying any of this resinous wood.
The cedar choppers are long gone. The advent of metal fence posts in the Texas of the 1950s along with the settling of Austin’s western lands led to the end of the cedar choppers wild and wooly way of life; but we’ve still got cedar.
Ashe Juniper covers over 24 million acres of the Edwards Plateau. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon, and we may as well get used to its presence. So how are we to fight the pollen that’s making all of us sick as a pack of scurvy dogs?
Enter Celletech. The Wisconsin-based company has developed a cure for cedar fever that I consider a miracle. It’s a spritzer called Texas Allergy Relief. You aim it into your mouth and give your tongue a spray once in the morning and once in the evening.
It will change your life.
It may be purchased at the Herb Bar on Mary Street in South Austin. It takes a while to kick in but once it does the cedar allergy simply vanishes.
During the intervening time I eat lots of chile pepper-based foods that keep my head right, and cleaned out. If you’re just now arriving in Central Texas and feeling poorly please be aware that it may not be a cold or flu you’re suffering from. It very well could be cedar fever. Take the above actions to remedy the situation.