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    Honey For Your Cough -- Does It Work?


    Does honey help a cough?

    Clinical studies support the use of honey for cough. In a 2007 study, 105 children were given honey, cough syrup or nothing before bedtime. Honey ranked first for reducing cough frequency and severity. A 2010 study of138 children placed honey at the top for reducing cough frequency and severity. Honey also improved sleep quality. In 2012, a study of children with a diagnosed respiratory infection were given honey or a honey-like placebo. The children taking the honey all fared better than the children in the placebo group.

     In 2013, based on these and similar studies, two pediatricians recommended honey for cough as the best treatment for young children (ages 1 to 5) with upper respiratory infections. According to these physicians, honey produced superior results when compared to over-the-counter cough syrup. (Ashkin E, Mounsey A. PURLs: a spoonful of honey helps a coughing child sleep. J Family Practice, 2013;62(3):145-7.)

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    HOW DOES HONEY Help COUGH?

    Mucous membranes are thin layers of skin in your nose and throat. These membranes secrete a thick fluid (mucus) that collects and traps dust, dirt, bacteria and viruses, and then removes them from your body. When these defenses are breached and germs pass through to the membranes, they become inflamed and irritated. This is what causes you to cough. To make matters worse, your mucus production is compromised too.

     To provide relief, you need a mucus substitute. The honey cough remedy is ideal. Honey is sticky and thick, providing a protective membrane over the mucous membranes. Honey also has natural antibacterial properties and contains an enzyme that converts into hydrogen peroxide when combined with salt and water. Honey is also hydroscopic (attracts water) and actually pulls the water out of bacteria cells - essentially killing them through dehydration. Raw honey contains small amounts of propolis (a sticky substance made by bees from tree resins) which has anti-septic properties. Finally, raw honey contains a number of beneficial plant chemicals (phytochemicals) that help support the body's immune system.

     Raw honey is naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and immune system boosting. , it's no wonder why honey out performs many brands of cough syrup and cough drops. Honey is a natural cough suppressant, pure and simple


    WHAT KIND OF HONEY HELPS COUGH?

    There is not a lot of research on this question, but there is some anecdotal evidence that darker and thicker honey is better for cough suppression. The most important factor is that the honey must be raw and unfiltered. Raw honey has not been pasteurized (heated to over 160 degrees Fahrenheit). And when honey is unfiltered, the beneficial "tag-alongs" such as pollen, propolis, and enzymes remain in the honey.Use all-natural, raw honey by the spoonful to suppress your cough. Take a spoonful as often as needed to relieve your throat irritation and related coughing. You can also make a homemade cough syrup by mixing honey with lemon juice, ginger and water. This syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months.

     Generally, any quality raw honey is good for treating a cough. If we were asked to select one particular honey for cough, basswood honey is our recommendation. This honey comes from the nectar of basswood tree blossoms, also known as the American Linden tree. For centuries, herbalists have made tea from dried linden flowers to treat respiratory ailments. Since basswood honey contains some of the same beneficial pollen found in the flowers, we believe it is a good choice for a natural cough suppressant.


    AN EVEN BETTER ALL-NATURAL COUGH SUPPRESSANT

    For many generations, raw honey and elderberry juice have been used (separately) as a natural cough suppressant. At Smiley Honey, we figured that combining these two power foods together would make an even better product. So we did it!

    For many generations, raw honey and elderberry juice have been used (separately) as a natural cough suppressant. At Smiley Honey, we figured that combining these two power foods together would make an even better product. So we did it!

    Our customers have been sending us great reviews for this product:

    • This syrup has not only calmed my cold's cough but I have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what ingredients I'm ingesting - dark honey and elderberry and that's it! No mysterious sounding names of chemicals you're not sure of. This winter's cough has been whipped!
    • A wonderful surprise to find this natural cough medicine! I sing professionally in my spare time so having a nagging cough or throat tickle is not a good thing! This product not only has a wonderful taste, it coats the throat and actually controls the cough or tickle. I even slept soundly all night!
    • It is the best cough syrup I have ever found.


    HOW MUCH HONEY SHOULD I TAKE FOR A COUGH?

    One teaspoon as needed. The nice thing about using a honey cough suppressant is that there are no synthetic chemicals or strong medicines to worry about. Be careful, because too many spoonfuls of honey might mean excess calories in your diet.

    NOTE: raw honey should never be given to children under 1 year old.


    WHAT WILL STOP A COUGH INSTANTLY?

    It depends on what is causing the cough. For a regular cold with a cough, honey helps to stop a cough quickly. For more serious infections or medical conditions, consult your doctor or medical provider immediately.

    The next time someone asks you, does honey help a cough? Tell them that both clinical studies and anecdotal evidence say that honey for cough is worth trying. A honey cough remedy is safe and effective for adults and children. Be sure to buy a good quality raw honey from a reputable company. Your best choice is the proven and organic raw honey from Smiley Honey.

    Does honey help a cough?  Both clinical studies and anecdotal evidence say "yes." A honey cough remedy is safe and effective for many adults and children. But be sure to buy a good quality raw honey from a reputable company.