My grandma was pretty much a tee-totaler except when it came to colds and flu, then she was known to fix a hot toddy at night. I never really knew what she put in them but I know there was a shot of whiskey or sometimes brandy in it. (My grandpa drank so therefore the alcohol was available.) I’ve seen a few different recipes for hot toddies since those days – do you have one to share? It’s been such a horrible flu season this year I thought maybe we should ALL drink a hot toddy as preventative medicine if we weren’t already sick. 🙂
For a single serving, you can either steep an herbal teabag or use hot water. Fill your cup about 2/3 full, then add a shot of whiskey or brandy (especially if you infused it with slices of fresh ginger and orange peel like I did), a slice of lemon, a stick of cinnamon, and honey to taste. Super soothing!
On a related note, I’ve been thinking about which herbs I’m going to plant this year and came across the website below. If you’ve never grown your own herbs, either for culinary purposes or medicinal purposes, here’s a little snippet to get you thinking about growing some herbs this year.
Easy-to-Grow, Dual Use Herbs
If you prefer to buy and plant individual varieties of herbs, there are many that are easy to grow and do double duty as both culinary and healing herbs. You should be able to find the following herb plants or seeds easily at the garden center in the spring.
- Catnip: Yes, you can dry the leaves and share them with your kitty, but you can also brew a tea from catnip that’s said to help with indigestion. Plant catnip well away from other plants. It can be terribly invasive in the garden.
- Chamomile: Beautiful, nodding white flowers belie its ability to induce calm and restful sleep.
- Garlic: The edible bulbs provide antimicrobial action in the body and also may help to reduce cholesterol. Simply use it as a cooking agent to spice and season food.
- Lemon balm: Lemon balm may be used in cooking to create a simple lemon-flavored syrup. Medicinally, teas made from lemon balm help reduce fevers associated with colds and flu.
- Parsley: Garnish your plate and use in salads. It acts as a diuretic.
[credit – posted on http://garden.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Medicinal_Herbal_Garden_Seeds]