A Natural Cough Syrup

I really can’t remember a time when honey wasn’t in my life..it was ALWAYS the sweetener in our home growing up and it continues to be to this day. But aside from the usual uses of putting it in my tea, oatmeal, etc, it’s also my go-to for sore throats as well as coughs. It always does the trick. Now there is specific medical evidence behind it — honey is actually as effective as over-the-counter cough suppressants!  I can’t say I’m surprised, but it’s nice to confirm that the natural route is as effective PLUS there aren’t any negative side effects to using honey.

So if you have a cough (or sore throat) try taking a tablespoon of honey before bed. If you’re wondering which one to choose, I think they’re all great, but I really love the taste of Orange Blossom. Also, when it comes to allergies and the immune system, you’ll get the most benefit from local honey aka the sweet nectar produced by the busy bees in your hood!

The study: Children age 2 and older with upper respiratory tract infections were given up to 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) of honey at bedtime. The honey seemed to reduce nighttime coughing and improve sleep. In fact, in the study, honey appeared to be as effective as the cough suppressant dextromethorphan in typical over-the-counter doses. {full article}

16 thoughts on “A Natural Cough Syrup

  1. When I was little my grandma used to give me a spoon of honey when I had a cough…It always worked:) That article is so interesting. Im going to pas it onto my friends:) Thanks,sweetie and Happy (belated) Birthday:)

    Hugs and kisses

  2. Your fellow honey lover!!! I just picked up another HUGE container of it! Last winter I picked up a really dark honey, Buckwheat Honey, which is to said to have wonderful medicinal uses as well! But of course, I love orange blossom!!! Ready for the snow??? Hoping for more than a dusting this time, would LOVE to have a snow day for the kids! xoxo

  3. I was JUST talking about how cough syrup never works when I have a bad cough, so I’m definitely going to try this. My mom has a cold/cough right now and I’m going to call her and tell her too. Thanks for the info, Annie!


  4. Annie, you are so right. Honey is a hidden treasure! My mom always gave us honey and lemon for our sore throats as kids and we have been using it ever since. Another thing (although kinda gross) for a cough is to mix honey with apple cider vinegar…it does wonders on a cough!

  5. I think your blog has it out for me… my comment disappeared again! Anyway, I love drinking hot tea with honey when I have a sore throat. I like that it’s so healthy AND so delicious.

  6. great article… also bacteria or a germ can not live in honey…
    but coughing itself is good for your lungs…. we usually cough for good reason… usually parents annoyed, frightened by coughing give suppressants.. not a good thing… love

  7. I love raw honey. It’s great to see that studies confirm what our grandmothers knew all along.
    Things we tried in the past for cough is:
    mix warm pine apple juice with a couple of teaspoons honey.
    lemon and honey
    adding spices like ginger, clove, and cinnamon (especially if mucus is present) sometimes with honey and sometimes without.

    Have a great weekend!

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