Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

During the winter season, most people suffer from dry throat, watery eyes and achy muscles. One of the most popular mom-approved remedies that give instant relief from this type of problems in the cold and flu season is Hot Toddy. It is really better than drinking a cap-full of cough syrup.

Does Hot Toddy For Cold Work?

The answer to this question is yes, hot toddy does work to give relief from cold. Hot Toddy is smoothing, delicious and is very easy to prepare. This drink can really soothe a sore throat and any type of symptoms related to cough and cold.

How Hot Toddy Works in Relieving Cold in Terms of Medical Science?

It is seen that Hot toddy provides soothing relief at the time of cold and most people prefers to take it during the winter season. It is found that hot toddy has a lot of healing powers and soothes a scratchy throat. In contrary, as per the medical science, you get the instant relief due to the whiskey. However, expert physicians say that it is not only whiskey but any type of hot beverages can help to get relief from cold and cough. This is because when you drink hot beverage, the heat dilates the nasal passages which permit the mucus to flow better. As a result, while you drink hot toddy the alcohol that is present in the drink provides relaxation to the patient.

Again, it is found that alcohol is a narcotic which can reduce the activity of the brain. Due to this reduced activity patient feels sleepy. Honey that is present in the Hot Toddy contains an antibacterial ingredient which will help to heal a cough and prevent the bacteria to develop.

Apart from that lemon is present in the Hot Toddy. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and helps in a great way to prevent cold. This is how hot toddy works to relieve cold according to medical science.

Recipe of Hot Toddy for Cold

A hot toddy is very easy to prepare. It requires a few ingredients and hardly needs 5 minutes to prepare it. The following are the ingredients for Hot Toddy:

Once you have collected all the ingredients, you should do the following steps to prepare Hot Toddy:

  • Take a little whiskey, water, and lemon juice and mix it well.
  • Put the mixture in the microwave for 1 minute until it becomes hot.
  • Put a little bit of honey and ginger.
  • Stir the mixture and drink it hot.

Conclusion

A hot toddy is thus a comforting warm drink which not only helps to prevent cold, cough or flu but also plays a great role in lowering the stress and anxiety. Since, stress and anxiety have a great impact on the immune system and also lowers the resistance power of an individual, it greatly affects a person at the time when people suffer from cold and cough. So, when a person suffers from cold and cough especially during the winter season or in the cold region, it is always advisable to take a cup of Hot Toddy instead of taking any cough syrup or any anti-allergic medicines.

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Last Modified On: September 28, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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