Among organic raw honey’s many health benefits, it has a reputation for soothing coughs. While honey can’t cure this irritating respiratory symptom, it can pacify it to help sufferers sleep better at night and find it easier to perform their everyday activities. In the following sections, we’ll look at how natural honey can ease coughing and why a raw organic product will bring superior results.
Honey put to the test
A 2010 clinical study compared the relief honey could deliver for children’s coughs in comparison to two different active ingredients in over-the-counter cough medicines; diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan. The results of the tests involving 139 children showed that honey was more effective at alleviating symptoms than the two drugs. This conclusion was echoed three years later in another study entitled ‘A Spoonful of Honey Helps a Coughing Child Sleep’.
How does honey ease coughing?
The mucous membranes coating our throats secrete a viscous fluid to collect dust and bacteria before removing it from our bodies. When breached by germs, these defences become irritated, causing us to cough and interrupting mucous production. Honey provides ideal relief as it’s thick and sticky and creates a protective layer over struggling mucous membranes.
Why choose raw honey?
Raw honey is thicker than other types of honey, helping to suppress coughing, but more importantly, it’s unpasteurised and unfiltered. This means that it has lost none of its numerous health benefits. Raw honey can pull water from bacteria cells, eliminating them via dehydration. Its trace amounts of tree resin, known as propolis, are also a natural antiseptic. Additionally, it contains phytochemicals that support our immune systems, helping us recover.
Raw honey can be added to tea or taken straight off the spoon. Two teaspoons before bed should be ample for an easier night’s sleep.
Soothe your symptoms today
If you’re seeking to soothe coughs with raw honey, why not keep a pot of our Original Forest and Wildflower Honey in the cupboard? Entirely free from pesticides and GMOs, it’s unfiltered, unpasteurised and 100% natural, made by non-sugar fed bees, providing an organic remedy for unwanted coughs.