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About the Author: John Immel, Asheville, NC

Virgin Hot Toddy

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Virgin Hot Toddy Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Relieves-tension, Warms-abdomen, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic
Effect: Sattvic, Prana, Alkalizing
Meal: Drink
Recommended for: Spring, Autumn-Winter
Type: Spices, Sweeteners, Fruits
Style: Western
Occasion: On-the-mend, Movie-night, Bed-time
Preparation: Tea, Boiled
Element: Water, Fire
Subtaste: Aromatic
Nutrient: Vitamin-C
Color: Yellow
Nourishes: Plasma
Moves energy: Outward

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 1 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Pharmacological Effects
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The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
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ayurvedic perspective

Sweet, spicy, and piping hot, a Virgin Hot Toddy warms up your belly and brings a smile to your face on a cool, soggy day. Modeled after the classic hot toddy, the Virgin Hot Toddy uses lemon and orange and leaves the bourbon on the shelf. Whether you are fighting off a late winter cold or the gloomy sky blues, warming your hands around a steaming mug of this tried and true recipe is sure to cure what ails you.

Rich cinnamon, clove, and anise offer depth of flavor and healing properties - they all boost your immune system and improve digestion. Ginger improves circulation, warming up icy fingers and toes, while relieving muscle pain and burning toxins. On the mend? This will fix you right up. In the mood for a hot, sweet cup of something? A Virgin Hot Toddy will do just fine.
Weights & measures


1/2 tspCinnamonVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1/4 tspClovesVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1/2 inchGinger (Fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
2 tspHoneyVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1/2 wholeLemonVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1/3 wholeOrangeVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying


1. Bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add sliced ginger, one cinnamon stick, 5-8 whole cloves, and 2 whole anise stars. Reduce heat and simmer your spices for 5 minutes.

2. Remove from heat. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon, and 1/3 of a small orange into your brew. Pour into mugs and add honey to taste.

3. Enjoy!

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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