Vodka was made for so much more than mules and martinis. It may surprise you to learn that the spirit was actually invented as a source of medicine (something Princess Margaret was perhaps privy to, given her decadent morning routine) and to this day, the colorless, odorless drink has a number of health benefits. So the next time you’re debating what kind of cocktail to order, consider this:
1 Vodka is a cure-all
Vodka is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic. It can be used to treat toothaches, clean wounds, and clean your house. In fact, you’ll be surprised by how many of your household cleaning and hygiene products include alcohol in their ingredients
2 It can relieve stress.
You may have heard that red wine is a natural relaxer, but it’s nothing compared to vodka, which studies have shown to relieve tension better than vino
3 It’s heart-healthy.
Vodka can increase blood-flow and circulation in your body which can prevent clots, strokes, and other heart diseases. Vodka can also help lower your cholesterol. And, for those watching their weight, it’s also generally considered a lower-calorie alcohol. (Check out these recipes for “healthy” vodka cocktails.) Everything in moderation of course.
4 It can be used as a skincare product.
Out of your go-to facial cleanser? Vodka acts as a natural astringent or toner, and due to its disinfectant properties, can deep-clean your pores. (Just be sure to dilute it with equal parts water first.) It’ll also tighten the skin on your face and can treat acne breakouts with it’s drying and detoxifying properties. But it can have a dehydrating effect, which you should be mindful of if you have particularly dry or sensitive skin.
5 It contributes to oral hygiene.
We already mentioned how vodka can soothe toothaches, but swishing a shot of it can help combat bad breath as well.
6 It can alleviate symptoms caused by arthritis.
Apparently, patients who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and had semi-regular vodka drinks throughout the month felt less pain and inflammation associated with their disease, according to this study.
7 It reduces risks associated with diabetes.
Unlike beer or wine, a shot of vodka can actually reduce blood sugar levels. This is most effective when taken straight, so order it neat or on the rocks.