Ah, the common cold. According to the CDC, the average adult can expect to have 2-3 colds a year. Lasting an average of 7-10 days, it can feel like it can take forever to recover. You could wander the medicine aisle looking for a cure-all, or you can kick that cold with the help of a simple cocktail.
The Hot Toddy is as easy as it gets. Whiskey, honey, and lemon are combined with boiling water for the ultimate comfort drink.
You may have heard that the Toddy can serve as a cold remedy. There's actually some truth to this old wives’ tale. The three major elements of the Hot Toddy each have healing properties.
Rich in Vitamin C, lemon boosts the immune system. The acid in lemon juice cuts through mucus and relieves congestion. Lemon also aides the liver in cleansing the body, helping you to kick that pesky cold.
The anti-bacterial properties in honey are wildly known. Honey has been used to treat wounds and prevent infections. It can serve as an antibiotic, resistant to some strains of bacteria. Honey can also serve as a cough suppressant. Studies have shown that a teaspoon of honey at bedtime can reduce coughing helping to improve sleep.
Whiskey is the all-star in this therapeutic cocktail. The antioxidants found in whiskey can give both you and your immune system a boost. In moderation, the antioxidants in whiskey can help do the following:
- promote a healthy heart
- lower blood pressure
- lower the risk of strokes
Whiskey is also an antiseptic, reducing the possibility of infection. And as a numbing agent, whiskey - combined with honey - can soothe that tender sore throat.
So the next time you feel a cold coming on, take a sick day, rest, and relax with a Hot Toddy (or two). You'll be back to work sooner than you think.