By Jasmine Browley, BDO staff writer
Having a stiff whiskey sounds way better than holding your nose while gulping down a cupful of Robitussin, right? Well, studies are making claims that not only is more fun, but it’s a healthy cold remedy. The hot toddy, a mix of whiskey, honey, and hot water, is a classic go-to for alleviating cold symptoms, aka making your sneezing, congestion or a runny nose far less miserable.
Your grandma wasn’t just pulling your leg about the old-fashioned drink being a great way to knock the cold out of your system Research has recently confirmed that the ingredients in hot toddies really can help to alleviate sore throats, stuffy noses, and congested sinuses.
The whiskey in hot toddies could help you relax and help you fall asleep faster. People consider alcohol a sleep aid but it’s more often a sleep disruptor. Researchers found that people who had an orange juice and vodka nightcap before dozing off had lower quality zzz’s compared to a control group that had OJ before bedtime.
Boiling water with cloves and cinnamon gives the hot toddy its warming temperature — and this is good for far more than warming your chilled hands. According to Mic.com, research reveals sipping hot liquids can decrease congestion.
The lemon juice in hot toddies reduces and thins mucus, which makes it easier to unclog a stuffed-up respiratory system. The acidity of lemons can also help the body fight off infection.
Additionally, a spoonful of the sweet stuff tastes delicious and also works to soothe a cough. Researchers found that two teaspoons of honey at bedtime reduced cough frequency in children.
Honey also arms your body with antioxidants, making you better prepared to fight off disease-causing inflammation. Another study found that consuming honey twice immediately increased antioxidant activity in healthy adults.