I was under the weather this past week with a miserable cold and cough. I wasn’t sure at first if it was allergies or a cold, but after a few days of horrible coughing I knew it was a chest cold. Anyone that knows me knows I hate taking medicine, especially long term. I did take something for the cough, but it really wasn’t helping all that much. When all else didn’t work, I channeled my inner German/Irish grandmother and made myself a cup of hot toddy. I couldn’t believe how much relief I got from that cup of tea. I slept like a baby and didn’t cough during the night.
The next few days I had a cup or two of this mix and my chest cleared. I do still cough occasionally, but overall am feeling better. Those old wives tales sure do come in handy sometimes. Here’s the recipe I used for my toddy.
Laura’s Hot Toddy
- Organic green tea
- 1/4 tsp raw organic honey
- 1 tsp organic lemon
- 1 tsp Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar
- 1-2 tbsp Slivovitz (you can use Jack Daniels instead)
- 1 sprinkle of Cayenne pepper
- Boil the tea and steep for 3 minutes
- Add all ingredients and stir
- Sip and enjoy the warmth (I love the Cayenne pepper heat)
My first cup, I admit to using a full shot of the Slivovitz to aid my sleep and it worked like a charm. First relief I had in days. If you don’t want any alcohol (though over the counter medicines contain it too) you can eliminate the alcohol and up the sprinkle of pepper.
Do you have a home cold remedy recipe to share? Please comment in the box below, I’d love to hear about new remedies. If you try mine, let me know what you think.
**Due to the alcohol in this recipe I do not recommend using with children, especially under the age of 18.