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Hot Toddy

Cold and flu season starts in the fall and winter months. The beginning of the season starts in October and peaks in December and can remain elevated through March. The end of the viral storm doesn’t start to cease in some cases until May. The virus that causes colds and flu is air born and can spread from contaminated hands and surfaces.

The first weapon to guard against an attack from germs is to maintain a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system can help fight against germs and harmful bacteria you may come in contact with. In Los Angeles County the first reported case of Influenza A has already been reported to pop up at an area hospital. The season has started early. 

I always want to take extra precautions to minimize my exposure to germs. Life is meant to be lived and that includes not living in fear. I find it boring to close myself off from the rest of the world therefore exposure is inevitable. If you work outside of the home then you’re familiar with that colleague that comes into the office barely alive, while coughing, sneezing, and wheezing all over the place. Maybe that one colleague is you, but to point that out is not the goal of this post. The goal of this post is to offer an easy solution for easing respiratory symptoms If you happened to have caught some evil unspiritual like respiratory infection. This recipe is great with or without alcohol. I prefer a strong brew, so I boil all of the herbs and spices simultaneously. I add honey and the alcohol last. Sometimes if I don’t have all of the spices, I can get by with ginger, honey, and lemon. The taste with only those three ingredients is similar to a cough drop. The results are equal in comparison. A Toddy might have a leg up on a cough drop, since a Toddy consists of liquid and made with natural ingredients. Let me know what you think.


1 large piece of fresh ginger peeled or ginger tea bag

8 ounces of filtered or spring water

1 ½ ounces of tequila

3 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 large slice of lemon

1 pinch of nutmeg optional


For a strong brew bring to boil water with the fresh ginger, cloves, and cinnamon immersed. 

Remove from heat and add honey, tequila or alcohol of choice, and lemon.

Top off with a pinch of nutmeg upon serving if desired.

If you prefer a milder concoction bring to boil water, then remove from heat and steep all ingredients for 15 minutes.

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