In a health brief your grandmother was right about hot toddies warding off a cold or flu, according to Martha Howard, medical director of Wellness Associates in Chicago.
You can brew up a potent virus fighter by simply stirring the juice of a lemon and honey to taste into a cup of boiling water. Add 2 tsps. of elderberry syrup ( available at health food stores--try Nature's Way Sambucus Original Syrup). Elderberry is a proven treatment for flu and colds; in studies, it shortens recovery time by up to four days. And that's a good thing.
Also for a more spirited toddy add a jigger of whiskey, rum, bourbon or brandy a few hours before bedtime. The alcohol acts as a mild sedative and may help you sweat out the cold, says Howard.
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