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Is Honey Good For Cough And Sore Throat?

  • Is Honey Good For Cough And Sore Throat?

Having a sore throat can be inconvenient, uncomfortable and possibly painful. However, it is nothing to worry about and can be easily cured at home. The most common causes of sore throats are viral infections, allergies and smoking. A sore throat can be cured within a week in most cases and some easy home remedies can help. One of the most popular and commonly used remedies is Raw Honey.

A remedy for sore throat recommended for years is honey. The World Health Organization (WHO) also recommends honey for sore throat. Research suggests that the wound healing and microbial properties of honey offer pain relief and reduced inflammation. Honey acts as a demulcent - a substance that coats the throat and soothes mucous membranes. It also contains antioxidants and antimicrobial properties which have a role in promoting healing. It is also easily accessible and inexpensive and doesn’t pose any risk of a drug interaction. Honey can be consumed by just about anyone unless they are allergic to honey or have swallowing difficulties. However, honey should not be given to babies under 12 months as there is a risk of botulism (a type of poisoning caused by toxins that attack nerves). Honey may be a useful substitute for children over 12 months.

You can add a tablespoon of honey to a glass of water and some lemon drops and you have yourself a nice drink with healing properties. You can also consume it directly, but make sure that your daily honey consumption is not over 50ml or 2-3 tablespoons. Honey also provides many other benefits. It can reduce the several risk factors for heart diseases in patients with type 2 diabetes. It helps in lowering the ‘bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing the ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL). Honey also helps to lower blood pressure, which is a vital factor for heart diseases. Since ancient Egypt, topical honey is used to treat wounds and burns and it is still commonly used today.

So, the next time you have a cough or a sore throat and are looking for an easy remedy, help yourself to some Raw Honey and you are good to go.


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