Easy Cold Busting Hot Toddy

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Posted by Dr Janine Bowring

February 23, 2021

cold busting
hot toddy

  • Hots for colds
  • Ancient Herbs
  • Hot Toddy
  • Recipe


We all heard the stories of our grandparents drinking Hot Toddies to help them get over a cold or flu, but did you ever think they might be right and it really did help them. Here is the reason why ancient natural remedy works.

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Memories of cold damp European nights spending time with family and friends also conjure up the fond memories of the tradition of enjoying a hot toddy close to bedtime to ward off the threats to the immune system of the previous day. The soothing warmth of the hot toddy is a tradition passed down from generation to generation with immune boosting benefits and medicinal properties, but have you ever wondered about the history of the hot toddy? Like most things passed on from generation to generation its history is disputed. But whether you believe the warm cozy beverage originated in India in the early 1600’s as the “taddy” – Hindi for beverage made from fermented palm sap, later written down as a beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar and spices; or from the drink prescribed by Irish Dr. Robert Bentley Todd made of hot brandy cinnamon and sugar water, the outcome is the same. Over the years the ingredients have changed slightly and can be made with or without alcohol, but they are fundamentally the same. It still contains healing ingredients like honey, lemon, cinnamon, cloves, or other traditional medicinal spices.

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“Toddy” comes from the toddy drink in India, produced by fermenting sap of palm trees. “Hot Toddy” earliest known use means ”a beverage made of herbal liquor with hot water, sugar and spices” from 1786″.

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anti-oxidant & anti-bacterial

Cloves have a very pungent and distinctive aroma, and have been used traditionally for medicinal purposes. They are known as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant. Cloves have also been used when storing foods to protect from microorganisms, and even in planting as a natural pesticide and fumigant. When ingested, like in this hot toddy recipe, that protection against microorganisms and antimicrobial effects are delivered directly to bacterial hot spots.



anti-fungal & natural germ killer

Raw honey has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes and as a sweetening agent. It is for both reasons that raw honey (unpasteurized) is often included in Hot Toddy recipes. Medicinally raw honey can act as a demulcent in the recipe, soothing sore throats and helping to calm a cough, allowing for a better night’s sleep. It is also known as a natural antibacterial and antifungal, containing natural hydrogen peroxide, acting as an antiseptic for the mouth and throat.

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high source of vitamin C

Lemons came to North America in the 16th century, used on the ships for their high vitamin C content to help reduce the chances of scurvy in the crew. Nowadays, lemons have many uses around the home from cleaning and cooking, beauty to deodorizing. We have also learned that there are considerably more health benefits. Lemons, of course are high in vitamin C, they also have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. They can help with digestion, soothe a sore throat, and mixed with honey, can reduce mucus build up and relieve coughs.

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  • energy = 6.6 CALORIES 6% 6%
  • carbohydrates = 2.1 g 90% 90%
  • calcium = 26 mg 75% 75%
  • Iron = 0.21 mg 10% 10%
  • magnesium = 1.56 mg 15% 15%
  • phosphorus = 1.66 mg 20.8% 20.8%
  • potassium = 11.2 mg 50% 50%
  • vitamin A = 0.39 mag 5% 5%


with a Vitatree twist!

• 1 ½ cup water
• 1 tbsp honey
• ½ lemon, or 2 tbsp lemon juice
• 3 whole cloves
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1 ½ oz. brandy
• Or for non-alcoholic use ¼ tsp brandy extract
• 1 capsule of Vitatree Turmeric Curcumin


STEP 1 On a stovetop, add into a small pot; water,  lemon, cloves, 1 cinnamon stick & boil.

STEP 2 Pour into mug. Once slightly cool add brandy  (or brandy flavoured extract), 1 capsule of  Vitatree Turmeric & honey to desired taste.

STEP 3 Use cinnamon stick as garnish.

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