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Cure Your Cough with a Spoonful of Honey

Cure Your Cough with a Spoonful of Honey

Have a cough or cold? Relief can be found in your pantry.

If you told our Stone Age relatives to “mind your own beeswax,” they could have done just that, say researchers from the UK’s University of Bristol. They’ve found beeswax was used as a sealant on 7,000-year-old shards of stoneware. And Egyptologists have discovered that ancient pyramids contain jars of honey that are completely edible today—the oldest still-fresh sample dates from around 1,000 BCE!

Remarkable stuff, this elixir combines great flavor with the ability to smother bacteria with microbe-unfriendly acidity and a touch of hydrogen peroxide!

We do caution against added sugars in drinks and foods (leads to inflammation, weight gain and dysregulation of blood glucose levels), but there’s a lot to be said for the medicinal powers of honey. It can help wounds heal and, according to new guidelines out of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, should be the first choice for treating coughs in anyone one year old or older.

That’s good news for parents, since the FDA cautions “children under 2 years of age should not be given any kind of cough and cold product that contains a decongestant or antihistamine because serious and possibly life-threatening side effects could occur.” Codeine-containing products should be for those 18 and older. And antibiotics should only be prescribed for treating serious bacterial infections.

So if you or your child develops a cough, spoon out some honey one tablespoon at a time or add it to warm water or tea for a throat-soothing drink. Sweet!

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