The surprising health benefits of whisky

January highlights a rise in searches for ‘home remedies for cough’ and ‘home remedies for sore throat’¹ So, we decided to dive into the cosy world of whisky and its potential health benefits. We chatted with NHS GP, Dr Hana Patel, to uncover the warmth and comfort a dram of whisky can bring to those chilly winter days.


Health benefits of a hot toddy 

Surprisingly, a hot toddy isn’t just a delightful winter drink, it packs a punch of antiseptic properties that can assist in fighting off infections. Dr Hana Patel, NHS GP, recommends this flavorful drink as a home remedy for common ailments like colds, coughs, and sore throats. The warmth of the drink soothes the throat, providing comfort and promoting relaxation. Whisky, especially when mixed with honey and lemon, offers soothing properties that relieve sore throat discomfort and reduce coughing. Our favourite hot toddy recipe includes:

  • 60ml Scotch whisky
  • One tablespoon of honey
  • 22ml fresh lemon juice
  • 240ml hot water

Whisky’s alcohol content promotes relaxation and may aid sleep, while honey adds sweetness and soothes coughs and throats. Fresh lemon juice provides vitamin C to relieve sore throats, and staying hydrated with plenty of fluids is crucial during illnesses. Consider adding ginger for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, mint for respiratory benefits, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for potential decongestive effects.

 

NHS GP Dr Hana adds: “Single malt whisky is said to contain more antioxidants than red wine. Polyphenols in whisky have been shown to decrease ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL), increase ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) levels, and reduce triglycerides or fat in your blood. As well as this, there is also evidence from a growing number of epidemiologic studies which have documented an association between alcohol consumption and lower risk for coronary heart disease.” 

 

The comfort of whisky 

Whisky has always held a special place for many as a source of comfort, especially during the colder months. The warmth it brings not only eases the throat but also provides a sense of relaxation. It’s heartening to know that a simple hot toddy, with its soothing blend of Scotch whisky, honey, and lemon, can offer comfort during those days when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s not just a drink; it’s a moment of warmth and solace, a reminder that, sometimes, a simple pleasure can go a long way in making us feel better.

 

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Sources: 

  1. Search term data  ‘home remedies for cough’ and ‘home remedies for sore throat’ taken from SERanking in December 2023, looking at January 2023 data. Comparing January 2023 to December 2023,  searches for ‘home remedies for cough’ are up +50% and  ‘home remedies for sore throat’ by 84%.

 

 

 

 

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