This easy to make, health boosting drink (everything is probably right in your pantry) is made with all natural ingredients which soothe sore throats, chesty/tickly coughs, fever and chills, or just generally boost the immune system.
A few years ago I was feeling very under the weather. I was back in Kentucky visiting family and if there is anything that will bring on a cold, it’s changing climates and sitting in a metal box in the sky with hundreds of other people for 24 hours or more. I had totally lost my voice and just felt rotten.
My mom’s warm and smiley next door neighbour noticed this and knocked on the door with a steaming mug of something that looked kind of yellow and gungey, but smelled amazing! “This is my health-tonic.” Tammy replied. You see, Tammy actually owns a health store in town. She knows her stuff! One sip and I was hooked. And after the whole mug was gone, I felt so much better.
Ever since then when I feel a cold or flu coming on, or if I am too late and suffering through the middle of one anyway, I make a mug of this drink. It can be easily stored in the cupboard, fridge, or just on the side of your counter – this would be a great drink to have on a regular basis. Not only do the ingredients boost your immune system, they help with inflammation and general aches and pains. Studies conducted have pointed to turmeric’s potential role in fighting cancer.
It’s so very easy to make this toddy – you probably have everything you need right in your cupboard. Now, Tammy’s original recipe called for 1 cup of honey to all the spices listed. However I have made mine with 1/3 cup of honey to all the same amount of spices she listed. That is because I like it stronger, both in flavour and for the added health boost of the spices. Thought I needed to state that. If it is too strong for you, double or triple the amount of honey.
Here is your recipe for a health boosting drink:
- ⅓ cup raw honey
- 2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Place everything in a jar and stir well.
- Store in the cupboard or on your countertop or in the fridge.
- When needed, add 1 cup of hot water to 1 heaped teaspoon of the toddy.
I also used ⅓ honey instead of 1 cup as per Tammy's original recipe. If it tastes too strong, add double or triple the amount of honey to suit your taste.
Tammy's original recipe calls for:
1 cup raw organic honey
1-2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 tsp organic ginger powder
1 tsp organic cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
Tammy’s store is called New Life Natural Foods and is in London. London, Kentucky that is! She has so much wisdom on using whole foods, super foods and supplements to heal your body the natural way.
New Life Natural Foods, 120 London Shopping Center, London, KY 40741, USA +1 (606) 878-2806.