When you’re drowning in a den of snotty tissues with a stuffy cold or relentless flu, alcohol is most probably the last thing on your mind, but it could be your saving grace. Experts have found that a boozy concoction (in moderation) could be doing some good for your health.
Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbit University Medical Center says that drinks like hot toddies, which traditionally contain whisky, lemon, and honey, can give patients relief from their symptoms.
“It would not have an effect on the virus itself, but its effect on the body can possibly give you some modest symptom relief,” Schaffner said. “The alcohol dilates blood vessels a little bit, and that makes it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infection.”
Here some other spiked cold remedies to stave off that next virus.
Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic
Honey and lemon are natural cold killers. Add ginger and a little whisky or gin? You’ve got yourself a virus-fighting, nausea ridding cocktail to help you sweat it out. Drink too much and you could bring back the nausea, so as always, in moderation folks.
Whisky Cough Syrup
This is for those of you who are organised and can feel a cold coming a mile away. Rock candy, raisins, white sugar or honey, lemon and a little whisky come together for a cough and congestion-clearing syrup that can be stored for up to a month.
The key ingredient to spiked cider is cinnamon, a super food which has anti-bacterial properties and has been found to help prevent cancer and boost memory. It’s a simple recipe: apple cider, spiced rum and a stick of cinnamon. Before you know it you’ll be on your way to good health.