Regardless of where you live in the world, we’ve all experienced the dreaded common cold. The classic symptoms of a sore throat, chills, cough, and stuffy nose can disrupt the daily routine.
Luckily, we have common cold medications and home remedies to alleviate the discomfort associated with the common cold. In fact, researchers reveal that a drink known as “the hot toddy” can actually help to reduce symptoms of the cold. (Please note: If you decide to consume this drink, do not drink more than one glass, and consult with your physician beforehand if you take any medications.)
According to the digital news website Mic, the hot toddy drink consists of whiskey, hot water, lemon juice, and honey. This culmination of ingredients provides a multitude of benefits for the person suffering.
Alcohol has analgesic effects and provides pain relief for short-term discomfort. A 2015 research publication states that alcohol provides indirect effects, such as anxiety reduction, and direct effects like blocking the pain receptors in the central nervous system. Historically, alcohol was used before the invention of anesthesia before patients underwent surgery to distort their awareness from expected pain. Over-the counter medications consist of a small percentage of alcohol to reduce pain. Generally speaking, alcohol has the ability to provide some pain relief.
Try boiling hot water and adding a bit of clove and cinnamon. According to a journal by The American College of Chest Physicians, research reveals that sipping hot liquids decreases congestion. Inhaling the hot vapor is another way to decrease the severity of your congestion.
Douglas Schar, a clinically trained herbalist, explains that the acidity of lemons can help the human body fight off infection. He states that lemon juice can reduce and thin mucus. It is also a good source of vitamin C.
A spoonful of honey can help to soothe a cough. A research study published in 2007 explains that two teaspoons of honey at bedtime reduces cough frequency in children. Honey warms the body by providing antioxidants, helping to reduce and fight back existing inflammation. Additionally, a 2003 research study concluded that consuming honey twice immediately increased antioxidant activity in healthy adults.