Hot toddy cure for what ails us

September 24, 2013

Ingredients for a hot toddy

We’re fighting bad and slowly progressing head colds with what’s right now a dry cough and body aches. Not to mention that sinus headache that makes us miserable. Did I mention sneezing and a sore throat?

Since we’re scheduled to fly to New Mexico Monday morning, the slow progression of this thing is driving me crazy. Sure, I could’ve called our doctor.  But: all I could think about yesterday was a hot toddy–something to make cold symptoms feel better.

Here’s my hot toddy recipe:

2 oz. brandy (I like cognac)
3 oz. boiling water
lemon to taste
honey to taste
Pour brandy into a cup or mug.
Add hot water.
Stir in honey to taste, at least a big spoonful
Squeeze in a wedge of lemon

All of these ingredients have medicinal properties.  Alcohol in brandy thins mucus, is antimicrobial–and relaxes the body. Honey soothes the throat and is said to help with congestion. Lemon loosens phlegm and provides an immune system boost.

If you’re sick, it’s a pretty soothing remedy.

pretty cupAnd it feels even better going down if it’s served in a pretty cup.

If you’ve got your own remedy, please post it in the Comments, we sure need them!






16 comments on “Hot toddy cure for what ails us
  1. I love this. There is something very special about a good hot toddy when you’re feeling poorly. 🙂

  2. beth says:

    chicken soup!

  3. Barbara says:

    Hot water in a pretty cup with a slice of lemon – a few times a day. Especially first thing in the morning.
    Hot water in a pretty cup with a T of honey and juice of half a lemon – a couple times a day.
    Water, water, water.
    Saline solution (usually a buck and some change at any drug store) up the nose a few times a day.
    A detox bath: run a “hot as you can stand it” bath with 1 C baking soda, 2 C epsom salts and several drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil. Submerge yourself, stay in for about 15 minutes (I even put a washcloth across my chest so I’m really in the heat of it. Then wrap yourself in a thick towel and go lie on your bed and sweat it out. I put a towel on my pillow and one to wrap my feet in. Lie there for about 15-20 minutes. Then I shower. A nutritionist told me to do this years ago since the skin is our biggest organ and we can rid ourselves of toxins best with this method. If you have a dry brush – massage or brush your skin with it before the bath – moving always toward your heart center.
    Feel better!

  4. Barbara says:

    And the hot toddy recipe is much appreciated. Sounds yummy and relaxing. And the pretty cup thing? I’m so with you on that!

  5. Frances D says:

    Sending healing vibes your way.

  6. I’ve heard of these, but never actually had one. I suppose I’ll need to try this now because it’s good for you, right? If I must…
    P.S. I hope you have an amazing trip!

  7. sue says:

    Love the recipe and the beautiful china cup which would make me feel a little better and special.

  8. Rosemond says:

    Love this recipe, my grandmother used to make the same one for me but with whiskey!

  9. Tantalizing recipe and image. Makes me want to shift from coffee this early morning!

  10. I’ll take one. No not sick! LOL. Hope you feel better for your trip! If not, then add it to your to-go coffee mug. You’ll be fine 😉

  11. Carolann says:

    I think my parents used to make these. I’ll have to remember this for sure. I know my hubby love a shot of whiskey when he isn’t feeling good. Thx Carol

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