Thanks to Tyler, during the course of my sickness I was introduced to something known as a "hot toddy." The hot toddy definitely helped me in the middle of my cold last week!
I had never heard of this concoction before, but I’m SO glad he told me about it.
Essentially, a hot toddy is a beverage warmed that contains alcohol. The actual recipes for hot toddies vary greatly, but the one in particular I used consisted of sweet tea, whiskey, and vinegar, though honey was also recommended.
Not normally drinking alcohol, I didn’t realize the strength that whiskey has. However, I did feel better, and while the whiskey’s effects were going on, the burning nasal passages weren’t nearly such an issue.
In the end, I had two or three hot toddies total over the course of two nights. Warm beverages help to loosen up congestion, and whiskey and vinegar help to kill the infection.
Bear in mind, though, that too much alcohol can actually lower the immune system, so proceed with caution. Otherwise, feel free to enjoy it!
If you can’t have alcohol, I’m not sure what I woudl suggest to you in place of it. The vinegar still works wonders!
Apparently, as my father did some kind of investigation, one is only supposed to use Apple Cider Vinegar in the hot toddy. We only had white vinegar at our disposal, so white vinegar went into my drinks. How my father knew about the Apple Cider Vinegar in my alcoholic beverage will just remain his little secret, I suppose.
This blog was a long-time in coming, apparently, but I had forgotten that I had written it and have been away from my computer. Luckily, you all get to enjoy it now!
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