I love my husband. He is a constant source of love and support. He listens to my incessant ranting, whinging and endless list of worries. He even shares his man-flu with me. Thanks babe.
Unless you have the immune system of a superhero, or you live in complete isolation, at some point this winter your husband, wife, mini-germ-machines (children), friends or colleges will unwittingly share their infectious diseases and viruses with you. Great.
Unfortunately there is no cure for the common cold, influenza or any form of man-flu (if this is news to you, then welcome to the internet). There are, however, loads of "traditional" remedies that can ease the symptoms of cold and flu.
Normally I don’t side with tradition. I find it is often an excuse for perpetuating events, acts or strange notions that have become obsolete and rather boorish. But I do have a fondness for traditional foods. I love an "old wives tale", as long as I can skip the superstition. Plus this one has booze in it!
Hot toddy (also "totty" or "tottie") is a hot spiced drink that is often consumed as a "pick-me-up" in cold weather or to ease the symptoms of cold and flu. This soothing, morish drink is made with fresh citrus, spices, honey and either whiskey, brandy or dark rum.
Citrus provides an excellent source of vitamin C. It is packed full of antioxidants and vital for maintaining the growth and repair of bodily tissues. Spices such as cloves, star anise and cinnamon assist in aiding circulation, inflammation, digestion and anti fungal properties help to relieve throat irritation.
Honey is of course touted as being excellent for sore throats and is also known to boost immunity and fight bacteria. Try and use local honey as it can build your immunity to local pollens. The alcohol just makes you sleepy, happy and a little dehydrated (so maybe not a great idea to consume this if fluid retention is a must).
Spiced Orange Hot Toddy- Serves 1
- 150mL of hot water, just off the boil
- 100mL of Brandy, Whiskey or Rum
- 4 slices of orange
- 1-2 tablespoons of raw local honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5 cloves
- 2 star anise
- Fill a plunger with your honey, sliced orange and spices.
- Pour 100mL hot water, just off the boil onto your honey a spices. Then mix in your booze of choice. You can serve in a glass with extra cinnamon and star anise for a stronger spiced flavor.
Enjoy, rest up and keep warm!