Several years ago I picked up an herbal healing book (okay, it was more like nearly two decades ago), in it I found this amazing recipe for helping colds and flu. I have long since packed the book away, but the recipe was written down faithfully in my personal recipe book for safe keeping. One night I was telling my mother-in-law about this amazing drink and she said, “That sounds like a hot toddy.” Well, we don’t drink so I still don’t know what a hot toddy is, but I do know that it is my go to “medicine” when I start to feel a cold or the flu coming on.
My husband likes to tease me about being an alcoholic when I start to brew a cup. I just remind him how much alcohol is in his Nyquil and he stops the teasing. 😉 About ten years ago I read about a man who swore by Cayenne Pepper to “cure what ails you.” So, during an especially grueling cold I added a titch of Cayenne Pepper and it did the trick. All the congestion was cleared up so nicely (just be sure to have a few tissues around while drinking tea with Cayenne Pepper). This is now my secret ingredient to my wintertime ills. It is such an easy tea to brew I always keep the ingredients on hand and need it so rarely they last for quite a while.
A Tea to Cure What Ails You
2 c. water, Small stick of Cinnamon, and a few whole Cloves (5-6). Bring this to a low boil and simmer for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and add 2 t. Lemon Juice, 1 1/2 T. Honey or Blackstrap Molasses, and 2 T. good quality Whiskey. Stir well, cover and let steep 20 minutes. This is where I add a titch of Cayenne Pepper. Just remember, the more you add the more your nose will run. Drink 1/2 cup at a time every 3-4 hours. This is what the directions say, but I usually find that I drink the 2 cups up and make more, if needed. I have also found that you need to strain the Cinnamon and Cloves out of the brew or it becomes bitter if you don’t drink it right away.