As it gets colder, we ALL need a little help with staying healthy until it’s warm again.
That’s why I want to remind you of a drink your granny might have given you when you were little.
Have you ever heard of the “Hot Toddy?”
I remember sneaking around my grandparents house when I was younger, and they would always call me out from the dining room.
I love hiding under the dining room table, lying across three chairs while hidden behind the tablecloth. It never made sense to me why they always rushed me out of the dining room…
… but as a teenager I figured out why.
That’s where all the liquor was.
Now, I was a good kid, and I never went behind my parents backs and drink some alcohol.
But that didn’t mean granny didn’t give me some. 😉
One Winter Weekend, I Was Deathly Sick
My fever wouldn’t break, I couldn’t stop coughing, and I didn’t have any energy at all.
My parents kept me out of school on Friday, so I stayed with Granny. After I had been there for a few hours, miserably lying in bed, Granny came into the guest bedroom with a steaming mug.
“Drink this for your cold, baby.” Her chubby fingers gently cradled the mug as she passed it to me.
It smelled funny, but I drank it all in a few minutes. Granny tucked me in just like a bedtime story, and I fell asleep, cozy as an angel in the clouds.
When I woke up a few hours later, my nose was clear, and I felt like my old self. My parents were shocked but happy.
Granny never told them about the drink. I learned later it was a gin and tonic.
Was It A Fluke?
I have no idea if my quick recovery was due to the drink my Granny gave me or if my immune system is just amazing…
…but every time she gave it to me during childhood, I got over my cold in less than a day.
It didn’t directly break my fever, but it did make me sweat more – which may have broken the fever.
Gin and tonic has fewer allergy-causing ingredients than wine and other alcohols.
That may be why people with asthma prefer it. It doesn’t mess with their breathing. Same for people with colds. And it might even clear airways.
Additionally, it’s alcohol. This means it can kill germs and certain diseases.
We definitely need to do more research, but so far, it seems like your Granny (and mine) knew what she was doing with her Hot Toddy.
Hey. Did you ever drink one to cure a cold faster?? How did it work for you?