Cough whether it is chesty or dry it definitely disturbs the daily routine. If sleep is being disturbed then it would be even more uncomfortable. People who hate to take medicines search for natural remedies to treat cough. One such excellent natural remedy for cough is honey. Using honey for cough gives promising results and is proven by many researchers. It was reported that even ancient Egyptians used honey to treat many ailments because of its strong anti bacterial properties.
Properties of honey helpful in treating cough
- Antibacterial action: Enzymes present in honey such as the glucose oxidase play role in liberating compounds that act against bacteria. Higher the antibacterial activity higher will be benefits. Honey varieties such as Manuka and Buckwheat honey with strong anti bacterial action treats cough effectively.
- Calms the sore throat by preventing reflexive actions triggering cough so as to get rid of the phlegm.
- By stimulating the secretion of saliva it loosens hardened mucus that does not come out even after coughing hard.
Why use of honey for cough and not over the counter drugs?
- Honey treats even the worst upper respiratory tract infections which drugs such as dextromethorphan fail to treat.
- Tasty and easy to take.
- Does not cause drowsiness which is the common side effect of cough syrups.
- The sweet syrupy nature of honey soothes the throat .
- Many physicians prescribe powerful antibiotics to fight bacterial infections. But, increased intake of antibiotics results in development of resistance making them less effective and useless when they are actually required. Honey is free of such risks.
- Nutrients such as vitamins and minerals present in honey boost the immune system and help in fighting against the infection effectively fastening the treatment.
- Best part of using honey over drugs is it is available right in the kitchen cabinet and does not have to visit drug store or doctor to obtain a prescription.
- Less expensive compared to expensive antibiotics and other drugs. Hence, saves your pocket.
Home remedies using honey for cough
- Honey and lemon grass juice: Mix equal quantities of lemon grass juice and honey thoroughly and use it as a cough remedy.
- Pepper, honey, ginger and apple cider vinegar : Thoroughly mix ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger, ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Use one teaspoon of concoction every few hours to treat cough effectively. This mixture clears congestion due to phlegm and reduces cough. The strong pungent taste makes it hard to take but works excellently.
- Honey and hot water: Take small mug of hot water add two teaspoons of honey and two to three drops of lemon juice. Mix thoroughly and have four to five times a day to obtain relief. Honey soothes the strained throat while lemon juice cuts through the mucus preventing cough.
- Garlic, oregano and honey: Boil for about ten minutes 2 garlic cloves and a table spoon of oregano in a small tumbler of water. Add one tablespoon of honey to the contents and have it. This recipe contains the smell of garlic but is the best remedy for chronic cough with congestion. Taking one teaspoon of this preparation twice a day relieves cough.
- Manuka honey and cough: Manuka honey with strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties and containing propolis serves as a best remedy for cough.
- Raw honey: Intake of plain honey also gives promising result. Add a teaspoon of honey to green tea and it would work wonderfully.
- Honey vapor: Sever congestion may also result in blocked nose. It can be relieved easily by inhaling vapors of honey. Add a one to two tsp of honey to a bucket of hot water and inhale the vapors by covering the head with towel.
- Pineapple juice and honey : Add one teaspoon of honey to half cup of warm pineapple juice. Have it warm for better results. The contents can also be added to green tea. Bromelain present in pineapple treats lung inflammation that develops in cases of chronic cough and even suppresses natural reflexes to cough.
Precautions while using Honey for cough
- Do not use honey for cough in infants below one year of age as they are at high risk of diseases such as infant botulism that is triggered by bacteria present in raw honey.
- If you are allergic to pollen restrict the amount of honey taken especially it has high amounts of pollen.
- Do not consider these remedies as a replacement to physician’s advice. If you find trouble breathing due to severe congestion call the doctor right away.
To get more benefited out of honey, choose darker honey varieties that are rich in antioxidants and possess strong antibacterial action. However, lighter honey also gives fruitful results. Use of honey for cough is gaining importance recently in view of declaration of FDA to avoid using drugs to treat cough in children below six years of age.