A Hot Toddy Is The Best Thing To Drink When You’re Sick

It’s that time of year when many of us are catching winter colds.  Many of us might turn to cough syrup to alleviate the symptoms.  But according to family physician Dr. Sarah Brewer, a traditional Hot Toddy – brandy, honey, and lemon infused in boiling water – is your best bet to speed up your recovery time.  “I must admit that I like the soothing effects of a hot toddy if I ever have a cold,” Brewer, medical director of Healthspan, said.  “The alcohol helps to dilate blood vessels to bring more immune cells into the nose (although it can also increase congestion).  Lemon juice adds some useful antioxidant benefits from vitamin C and manuka honey has medicinal benefits.  However, I would only have this after I’ve taken Pelargonium which is the most effective traditional herbal medicine for treating colds.”

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