Green tea and whiskey as a cure for sickness, and other crazy ideas

United States
January 11, 2007 7:02pm CST
One of my old coworkers used to mix green tea and Jack Daniel's when he had fallen ill. Some say it's crazy, but others have said in all seriousness that it is something that works to break up the congestion and other things. I've never tried it myself, so I am currently on the fence. Sway me one way or the other: does it work? What are your experiences with it? Share other folk remedies that might seem odd, but have worked for you, as well.
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@rmuxagirl (7561)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I h ave never heard of that before I know green tea does help with sickness, but mixing it with whiskey...that doesn't even sound like it would taste good.
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• India
8 Feb 07
EGCG found in green tea relieves allergies. So, if you have allergies, you should really consider drinking green tea.L-theanine, which is a kind of amino acids in green tea, can help relieve stress and anxiety. Catechin found in green tea can kill bacteria which causes food poisoning and kills the toxins produced by those bacteria.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
12 Jan 07
I have never tried it but i have used Lemon Juice and Whisky with honey and it has helped me get rid of colds and flus plenty of times.
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Yes, it's called a "hot toddy" and it's a classic remedy for the cold or flu-- It's hot tea with lemon, honey, and whiskey, each of which has definitely health benefits. Whether putting them all together is effective or not is probably not agreed upon, but I know it makes me feel better when I'm sick.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
12 Jan 07
I'm not sure either about mixing tea and honey and lemon juice all together and whiskey would help or not either.
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@marciascott (25554)
• United States
12 Jan 07
what a coincident I wasn't sick, but I had drank some vodka and green tea. I thought that was strange but I guess not if someone drank it with Jack Daniels. But Green Tea is good for Colds.
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
sounds interesting, there is a lot to be said for some things like that, the plain old ordinary Apple Cider Vinegar is good for so many things so I done see why this is so crazy.
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Apple cider vinegar, is that good for cols and what else?
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Oh yeah, this has definitely worked for me. I was sick the day after Thanksgiving, I think. I had a sore throat. And my dad gave me tea with some Jack Daniels in it, and it does work. It numbs the throat. It doesn't work for a long time, mind you, but it does put you out of misery for a couple of hours or so.
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@vikhram (202)
• India
12 Jan 07
I usually have tea with Rum it is a very good cure for congestion in fact i do every time am affected with Wheezing or congestion
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@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I never heard of that, but it would be worth trying. I know green tea is supposed to be very good for you.
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@imakella (669)
• United States
13 Jan 07
i think it help upto some extent ..
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@blueman (16513)
• India
12 Jan 07
i did know a friend who would do like that but not the same way he would have six seven shots of rum and he use to tell me it works.
@norteh (615)
• Netherlands
12 Jan 07
Green tea is good for a lot of thing, as it contains lots of anti-oxydants. But must let the tea in the cup with water for 3-5 minutes. About the wiskey...
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@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
some of these things are amazing
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@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
10 Feb 07
well i think green tea does good things for the body and i believe that it can cure.
@moreinfo (3867)
• China
9 Feb 07
well, thats very interesting idea to mix green tea with whiskey, though grean tea has many curing functions here, especially in helping digesting, keeping shape (to keep you thin) etc. btw, i got a very special recipe to cure chilblain. it must be done in summer, very simple and effective.
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Never heard that one. I had a Puerto Rican friend(only saying that to show which culture it came from) say her grandma used to make her drink a concoction of ginger root, honey, butter, and lemon for congestion, boil them up together. It was kinda gross lol, not that bad not great though. Seemed to work temporarily, but I eventually ended up in the ER with really bad bronchitis. Maybe it'd work better with a minor cold or something. If you think about it, that's a lot of the ingredients in cough drops and such. And honey, lemon, and tea are usually recommended for throat problems as well.
• United States
8 Feb 07
I like to put green tea and whiskey in my grits. I dont know if it actually does anything, but if you use enough you can get a good buzz goin.
• United States
8 Feb 07
OMG.. first time I was deathly sick with flu or cold when I was in college... a friend of mine made me a hot toddy. Whiskey and .. heck if there was much else... lol.. warmed up. Let's just say... I slept like a baby! LOL I'm pretty sure it didn't do a thing to get rid of the cold.. but it did help me sleep!
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
23 Jan 07
drinking green tea with whiskey..well havent done that before ..i always drink green tea alone every night...i dont know if it really works i just drink it for preventions only...
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
I have always given my kids hot jello to drink for cold congestion and also rehydration after a night of vomiting. It actually can reduce fever as well. The remedy was given to me by a woman whose boy couldn't take tylenol or aspirin because it gave him convulsions. The doctor told her to feed him hot jello to drink to bring his fever down. It worked and is also good for all the ills I mentionned.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I have heard of the "hot toddy" someone mentioned earlier with the whiskey, honey, and lemon juice for a cold and congestion. I knew green tea had a lot of health benefits but I didn't know about it being used for congestion. I'll have to give it a try sometime.
@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
21 Jan 07
My parents used to use whiskey, honey and lemon as a decongestant and cough syrup for me, and i used it with my children...you can even put a couple of soft peppermint sticks in a jar of whiskey and use it for colds and coughs..whiskey has been used for a very long time for chest congestion and coughing..it really does work...folk remedies usually work just as good as "modern" medicine, as people needed to come up with cures instead of having to pay a doctor,...even when there weren't doctors around some areas...look at it this way, the modern day aspirin was derived from willow bark..and old people knew how to use that willow bark before the word "aspirin" was ever known..and eating a few bites of raw potato will cure heartburn. These are just a few of the old folk remedies that i have used..i mostly prefer them to "modern" medicine.