I should start with the fact that it’s been gorgeous and unseasonably warm lately. A Western Oregon January should be full of rain and damp moss and cold toes, not 55+ degree days full of sunshine and short sleeves. While I have been spending a lot of time outside and am grateful for this beautiful weather, it gives me mixed feelings. I can’t help but think that a potential drought looms if the rain doesn’t return soon. So I raise my hot toddy to the rain gods, and say, it’s okay! Come back to us, we’re Oregonians, darnit, give us our cool, moldy, wet winter!
However, by “Cold Season”, I unfortunately did not mean the weather. I usually take pride in the fact that I am very rarely sick, but of course that caught up with me. I’ve got a helluvah cold that’s left me feeling achy, sore-throated, and tired as all get out. Nevertheless, in my cold-induced haze, I have found two remedies which have greatly helped my swollen throat:
1): Hot Toddy- a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a dollop of whiskey, a healthy spoonful of honey and boiling water (I would also like to try this with ginger and cinnamon)
2): Tea Plus- herbal tea of choice, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a couple spoonfuls of raw apple cider vinegar (to taste), and honey
Although I wouldn’t recommend drinking hot toddies all day, I have found them soothing and relaxing pre-nap and pre-bed. Tea Plus on the other hand is an all day affair; I think I’ve had at least six today. And if you’re a honey fanatic like me and just tend to eat spoonfuls of the beautiful golden stuff here and there on normal days, now there’s an actual excuse! “Sore throat”. But seriously.
What are your favorite natural cold remedies for sore throats, runny noses, and other aches and pains?