Looking for a natural cold remedy?
You’ve probably heard about using a hot toddy as an old fashioned cold remedy, but have you heard of a hot toddy made with essential oils?
Not only does it have extra health benefits, but it’s also very convenient. If you don’t have all of the ingredients on hand, but you do have a fairly wide variety in your arsenal of essential oils – then this recipe is for you!
(Note: I am not a doctor, nor do I have any medical training! If you become very ill with a cold or have flu-like symptoms for more than a few days, I would recommend going to see your doctor or visiting a walk-in clinic. I try as much as I can to treat things naturally at home, but it is important to know that there is a balance and seeking medical advice from your doctor is wise! ALSO: DO NOT MAKE THIS IF YOU ARE UNDER 21)
What do you need?
- Whiskey – To make it a true Tennessee Hot Toddy, you must use a Tennessee Whiskey! I recommend Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, or you could just use Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and add your own honey (for best health benefits, use raw local honey).
- Cinnamon sticks or cinnamon bark essential oil.
- Lemon essential oil, or a fresh lemon.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV – has amazing health benefits!)
- Other essential oils: Ginger, Clove, Star Anise.
- Tea kettle for boiling water.
How do you make it?
It’s actually very simple! Start your water boiling in your tea kettle, first.
Next, into your favorite mug, add in your whiskey and a tablespoon of ACV. A miniature 1.7 oz bottle of whiskey is perfect if you don’t want to buy a big bottle, but if you already have it on hand in your home bar – measure out 1-2 oz. in a jigger.
Now, you can add in one or two cinnamon sticks, or 1-2 drops of cinnamon oil. You can also add ONE DROP each of ginger, clove, and star anise. I emphasize one drop because these are usually very potent oils and they all contain a lot of spice. You don’t want to over do it, especially if you’re under the weather.
Don’t forget your lemon or lemon oil! I used 6 drops of lemon oil, which would be like squeezing in two lemon slices, approximately.
If you are not using Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, you should now add in your raw local honey. I would use about a tablespoon! I know that’s quite a bit. If you are using true raw locally sourced honey though, you are not only sweetening your drink, but you are also giving your body many health benefits! Allergy protection and antioxidants – just to name a few! It can also help soothe a sore throat.
By now, your hot water should be ready. Pour the water over the top of all of your ingredients – this should naturally create a stir in your drink, but just to be sure I would stir with a spoon as well.
Let it sit for a minute or two, because it’s bound to be quite hot! However, don’t let it sit too long before you enjoy it because the warmth is one of the benefits that will be a soothing comfort for your throat and insides.
Why not also try a Kentucky Hot Toddy?
Want another twist to this recipe? Try using Wild Turkey American Honey or American Honey Sting for a Kentucky Bourbon Hot Toddy!
More About Essential Oils
If you’re curious about essential oils and would like to learn more, I recommend Doterra! I’ve been using their products for years and I’m also a Doterra Wellness Advocate, which means you can buy their products through me! Click here to go to my Doterra site and learn more or shop!