I really don’t mind winter, especially living in Colorado. We get so much sun with our snow that even when it is crazy cold outside it doesn’t always feel that way. We don’t get stuck with weeks on end of grey, depressing skies coupled with snow and ice covered grounds. It’s pretty perfect.
What’s not perfect is being plagued with all of the uncomfortable cold symptoms, like sore throats, sniffles and congestion, and coughs, when we could be outside enjoying the sunshine and snow.
There is nothing that I dislike more than a lingering winter cold. This recipe for Hot Toddy Throat Soother is a great tool to help kick that winter cold in the butt so you can get back to enjoying all the great things winter has to offer.
Hot Toddy Tea – Why Does It Work?
The combination of honey, lemon and ginger in this Hot Toddy Throat Soother Tea are a great natural remedy to help relieve some of the symptoms associated with a winter cold.
Honey makes this Hot Toddy Throat Soother Tea taste sweeter, but it also helps coat and lubricate your raw throat and make it feel better.
Honey helps draw pus from wounds and has some awesome antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that are perfect when you’re feeling under the weather.
*Note: For safety reasons, it is recommended to not give honey to children under 1 year.*
The acidity of the lemon juice helps cut throat phlegm and mucous that may be junking up your throat.
Lemon juice soothes your throat from inflammation and is a natural antiseptic.
Lemon juice is loaded with Vitamin C, which we all know is known for its immune system boosting properties.
Ginger is a natural antihistamine, has anti-immflamatory properties, and will help relieve any chest congestion you might be feeling.
Ginger is also a natural analgesic - a painkiller - that will help ease your throat pain.
It is also antibacterial and antifungal properties
Other Natural Cold Remedies
Have a bad cough? Try this Homemade Cough Syrup.
It is essential to drink plenty of water when you are feeling under the weather. Staying hydrated will help you avoid dehydration, ease your fever, as well as thin mucus. Check out these tips for drinking more water.
Hot Toddy Tea Recipe
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 bag lemon ginger tea
- thin slice of fresh ginger
- 2 ounces bourbon, optional, 4 tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
In a large mug, add the hot water, the tea bag and the slice of ginger. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes.
Discard the tea bag and the ginger slice.
Stir in the bourbon, if using, honey, and fresh lemon juice.
Garnish with a slice of lemon.
- Do not give honey to children under 1 year.
- Do not give alcohol to persons under 21.
Le Creuset 3-quart Stainless Steel Saucepan