Having a cold is no fun. All of your friends are going to the beach, but your throat is so sore you feel like you are going to collapse. Your best bet is to head to the nearest liquor store and buy some whiskey. Then stop off at the market, and get a lemon. I know this may sound strange, but according to howtobefit.com, this "old wives' tale” is actually true.
Howtobefit.com says, “Alcohol has an anti-inflammatory effect on mucous membranes and can help reduce fever.” A hot toddy is a mixture of hot water, lemon juice and honey. The hot water is also soothing to the throat. The old recipe holds two agents that can help with your cold symptoms.
Interaccess.com has a different take on the hot-toddy remedy. It is the Krumbumballe. You mix the same ingredients into a saucepan, but instead of using honey, you use sugar. Mix until the lemons get soft. You then light a flame and burn off all the alcohol. Drink the liquid, and eat the lemon. Interaccess.com says, “Then go to sleep, and sweat the cold out of your system.”
Austinkim.com says just to take the three ingredients by the spoonful. “It is very good for general detoxification of the body.” According to austinkim.com, the best thing to do is drink the concoction on an empty stomach, and if you don’t like whiskey you can substitute with tequila. I know the last thing you want to do with a cold is drink this terrible stuff on am empty stomach, but suck it up it is for the sake of getting better.
If you are allergic to alcohol, but love the taste of lemon, several cold cures only involve the latter. Even a good cup of hot tea with lemon will help you recuperate faster. Good luck getting back on your feet using these remedies.