When we are affected by a cold or flu, many of us prefer to rely on natural remedies rather than conventional ones. Taking honey for cough relief or to soothe a sore throat, using an air humidifier, vaporizing aromatherapy essential oils that have decongestant qualities in one’s bedroom or sipping warm cups of herbal teas are proven to be just as effective as using over the counter medications when it comes to the treatment of conditions affecting the respiratory system.
According to research using honey for cough last thing before bed time can significantly improve the quality and length of sleep when a person is affected by a viral or bacterial infection, since the frequency of cough will be decreased. In fact, this syrup-like natural ingredient has potent anti-biotic, anti-microbial and anti-septic qualities as well as it is an excellent expectorant. Honey can be consumed in its natural form alone. Alternatively it can be added as a valuable ingredient to several homemade cough remedies, which can be used throughout the day, as needed.
Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Cough Syrup
- 50 ml water
- 3 to 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 to 4 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Mix the ingredients in a dark glass or plastic jar thoroughly and take this cough syrup up to 6 times a day whenever you suffer from an intense cough.
Warm Water and Honey for Cough
- 200 ml warm water (not hot)
- the juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 2 tbsp honey
Combine the ingredients in a tea cup and drink this soothing warm beverage while it is still warm. Please do not use hot water for the preparation of this home remedy as it will diminish the nutritional benefits of honey. The warm water can be substituted to warm linden flower or chamomile infusion.
What Type of Honey Should be Used in Cough Remedies?
When you shop for honey with the intention of using it as a cough remedy, always try to select the darker colored varieties. The darker the color of the honey, the more antioxidants it contains and therefore the more beneficial it will be in the treatment of a respiratory infection, bronchitis or an asthma related cough.
Is it safe to give honey to toddlers?
Honey can be only ingested by toddlers over the age of 12 months internally to avoid boutism. However, the external use of honey in the treatment of cuts, bruises or burns is safe from birth.