Hot toddy tea is an old-fashioned cold remedy that actually works. This is no old-wives tale. We can modernize it and kick up the flavor and the healing power with the addition of lavender.
As flu season approaches, find relief with these easy hot toddy ingredients for a cold.
Lavender as Herbal Remedy
Lavender is antibacterial making it a tasty treatment of all those common cold symptoms.
Lavender also helps relieve anxiety and promote sleep. Sleep is always a good idea when fighting a cold.
Hot tea and steam are good for helping clear out the sinuses. It’s important to sip slowly and inhale the steam. The tea will also help hydrate the body which is important for general health function anytime but especially so when fighting a cold.
Whiskey in Moderation
So whiskey isn’t something we should drink in huge amounts. Obviously, that will do the opposite of making us feel better. But a small amount in a cup of tea can do some wonders.
Whiskey helps us sleep. Having a cup of herbal tea with a shot of whiskey in it will likely provide some relaxation and deep sleep. Sleep is always good for healing.
Whiskey also thins the blood slightly, which can help the body deal with mucus better and generally fight infection.
Don’t like whiskey? Try substituting brandy or even a dark rum instead.
Honey has a multitude of benefits for the body. It’s also incredibly soothing for coughs and sore throats, making it an ideal ingredient in any cold remedy.
Obviously it also sweetens the tea and whiskey making it easier to go down especially for the folks that don’t necessarily love whiskey or drink much of it normally.
Use any honey that is in the pantry. Want to increase the healing power ever so slightly? Try using Manuka Honey as it’s been studied for it’s specific antibacterial qualities which can help ease the common cold.
Lemon juice helps cut through congestion and eases stuffiness making it an ideal addition to this tea. Plus lemon and lavender compliment each other wonderfully in tea.
Lemon juice is also naturally vitamin C which we all know helps the body fight off colds and infections.
The best way to take and use a hot toddy is to drink slowly. Inhale the steam and let the medicine slowly get into your body. This will also help the body slow down.
Drink the toddy before bed for most effective sleep and healing.
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Lavender
- 1 Cup Hot Water
- 2 Tablespoons Whiskey
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- In a cup, add the honey, lemon juice, and whiskey.
- Put the lavender in a tea ball. Place tea ball in cup.
- Pour hot water into the cup and stir gently.
- Let the lavender steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Sip slowly.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 18g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
About the Author
Kathie N. Lapcevic is a lifelong gardener and scratch cook. She loves to tinker with herbs, plants, food, and crafts. Practicing simple and seasonal living for over 20 years, she enjoys creating a handmade life, lived closed to the earth. She lives in Montana with her soulmate Jeff and when not making a mess in the kitchen, she can be found enjoying the outdoors.