How can honey help relieve my cough?

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If a nagging cough is keeping you awake, and cough syrup doesn't help, try honey. It's been a favored home remedy for sore throats for decades, and now new research shows that it really can silence nighttime hacking.

It may not take much honey to do the trick. In a study of kids, a small dose of buckwheat honey -- 1/2 to 2 teaspoons, depending on age -- was enough. (Caution: never give honey to a child who's not yet a year old, because there's a risk of botulism.) And many doctors recommend a bit of honey for adult patients, too. Try it with tea and lemon for extra throat lubrication. Bonus: honey is a great source of antioxidants.

Scientists have only just begun to tap into honey's medical uses. Early research shows it may have a strong antibacterial edge and might fight sinus infections, too. Research is ongoing.

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