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Five benefits of the wonder drink ‘Vodka’ that you must know

Early on, it was popular not as an alcoholic drink to enjoy, but for its medicinal properties

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New Delhi, September 28, 2017: As everything has its pros and cons, so does Vodka. Of course, we know that it isn’t exactly great for our livers, but what’s not much known is the fact, that when taken in moderation, it is capable of doing some really amazing things.

Vodka, a popular beverage made of ethanol and water, has historic roots with stories of its inventions dating back to the 9th century or the 8th century, according to the Russian and the Polish respectively. Early on, it was popular not as an alcoholic drink to enjoy, but for its medicinal properties. These medicinal properties have been appreciated in the modern world as well.

Vodka is believed to have a number of benefits, both as internal medication and as external lotion which can be applied on the body. Vodka, so it seems, can do wonders, but one mustn’t forget, Moderation is the key. Let’s take a look at five amazing benefits of vodka, “the wonder drink”.

Five benefits of Vodka, “the wonder drink”: 

  • Vodka Reduces Stress: This can be said for most of the alcoholic drinks, but vodka has the back of science to prove that it has properties that really does reduce stress. It has been scientifically proven and empirically accounted, that it has in it the thing that relaxes the body, calms the brain and induces sleep.
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Vodka reduces stress. Pixabay
  • Vodka Works Great for Hair and Skin: Owing to its astringent properties, which tighten the skin pores and cleanse the skin, it works really well as a skin toner. A potion of green tea and vodka, when applied on face every night, can give amazing results. It also helps eliminate toxins from your scalp to prevent dandruff and enhance hair growth. Vodka has to be a new add in your beauty care routine.
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Vodka works great for hair and skin. Pixabay
  • Vodka Lowers Fever: On its application on patient’s forehead, chest and leg as an ointment or lotion, it has been proved, that the body temperature reduces, thus lowering the fever. Rubbing a few drops on your temples is, in fact, an old Russian folklore remedy to get rid of fever and headache. So the next time you or someone you know has fever, you know what to go for.
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Vodka lowers fever. Pixabay

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  • Vodka Relieves Toothache: Swishing a small amount, probably a shot of vodka around the aching tooth can help reduce the pain or even help get rid of it entirely. It can also work as an effective mouthwash when mixed with cinnamon, curing bad breath. Just like the ready-made mouthwashes, all you need is to do some sipping, swishing and spitting to combat that bad breath.
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Vodka relieves toothache. Wikimedia
  • Vodka Has antiseptic properties: Vodka has antiseptic properties that prove themselves useful time and again. It helps prevent development of infection, in case of an animal bite; cures cold; helps bring down the fever; promotes urination, thereby easy flushing of toxins from the body. However, its application should be avoided on dry, sensitive or burned skin unless one has been specifically instructed.
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Vodka has antiseptic properties. Pixabay

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What is a Patiala Peg and why it is called so?

Patiala pegs can only be there if you're drinking whisky. You won't find people who prefer vodka or other spirits, asking for a Patiala Peg.

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Most of the stories about the origin of 'Patiala Peg' revolves around Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. Wikipedia
Most of the stories about the origin of 'Patiala Peg' revolves around Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. Wikipedia

If you have partied in North India,’Patiala Peg’ is no new term for you. Throughout time, the Patiala peg has come to signify more than a measure of whisky, it is almost a sign of ‘ Punjabi masculinity.’ The rough volume of a Patiala peg is around 120ml. This is roughly four ‘smalls’ or two ‘large’ drinks in casual terms.

So is it whisky?
Yes, it is. Patiala pegs can only be there if you’re drinking whisky. You won’t find people who prefer vodka or other spirits, asking for a Patiala Peg.

Patiala Peg is very North Indian party's quintessential drink. Pixabay
‘Patiala Peg’ is very North Indian party’s quintessential drink. Pixabay

How did it get its name?

There can be multiple answers to this, all of which revolve around Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh who ruled the Patiala from 1900 till  1938. The founder of State Bank of Patiala, lived life king size.

It is believed that the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh had a polo team that consisted of legendary Sikh warriors like himself. He once invited the Irish team called Viceroy’s Pride for a friendly match of ‘tent pegging.’ It is a game where players while riding on horseback have to collect objects with their spears. When the Irish team arrived, the home-team got nervous after seeing their imposing personalities.

So, the Maharaja had an idea, in the feast preceding the day of the match, he ensured that enormous drinks were served to the Irish. As can be expected, the Irish team woke up dazed and couldn’t play well. When they went to the Maharaja to complain, he famously replied, “Yes, in Patiala our pegs are large!”

There are more than one story about the origin of 'Patiala Peg' and they all are a proof of what an extravagant life Maharaja Bhupinder Singh lives. Pixabay
There is more than one story about the origin of ‘Patiala Peg’ and they all are a proof of what an extravagant life Maharaja Bhupinder Singh lives. Pixabay

Another story pulls out the references to this in Captain Amarinder Singh’s (the grandson of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh) biography, which states that it was actually a cricket match, not tent pegging.

Apart from this popular story, there are others too. Local descendants of the Maharaja’s courtiers say that the peg is actually something completely different. The Maharaja of Patiala loved good parties and threw many. However, he was always late and never used to reach his own parties on time. The guests had to keep drinking, as they couldn’t leave till he arrives. The smart ones used to put a white napkin around empty glasses and sip from them, so that they could wake up sober next morning.

The last story refers to similar parties but instead of pouring drink after drink, they used to just pour one enormous peg to sip from all evening. Thus, the term ‘Patiala peg.’

There are many theories about the name of this particularly famous drink, which only pique more interest in it. No matter what is the origin of ‘Patiala Peg,’ it still continues to be one of the most popular drink which north Indians love to order during parties.