When I was a child and had a cough, my grandmother would always give me honey. Now, according to a study by Penn State scientists, my grandmother was right. Honey is a powerful cough suppressant, and just as effective as many over-the-counter cough suppressants but a lot more natural. If you or your child has a cough you just can’t shake, instead of reaching for a bottle of cough medicine, the next time try one of these honey cough suppressant recipes. You might be surprised.
Butter, Honey and Vinegar – An old British recipe my grandmother used to give me is butter, honey and vinegar. Yes, it sounds disgusting (although I used to love the taste as a kid) but there’s a reason why it works. The butter soothes the throat, the honey is a cough suppressant and vinegar is a known antiseptic. Funny how my 70 year old grandmother knew this worked to stop a cough long before any scientists did.
To make it, simply cut a small pat of butter and put on a plate. Add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of vinegar and mix together to form a paste. Then eat. The taste is a little funky at first but, like I said, when I was a child I grew to love it so never minded when I had a sore throat or a cough.
Honey in Green Tea – Another wonderful cough suppressant is a tablespoon of honey in a cup of hot green tea. The honey acts to stop the cough and the green tea gives you necessary vitamins while kick-starting your immune system, causing it to kick out the cold virus faster. Simply add a tablespoon of honey to a mug of hot green tea, mix and sip. Repeat later if necessary.
Honey in Lemon and Hot Water – Another excellent old-fashioned-but-it-works British cough suppressant is honey mixed together with lemon juice and hot water. The lemon juice is an excellent source of Vitamin C and the hot water causes you to sweat, thus getting rid of the virus that much faster. Pour hot water into a mug, stir in the juice of half a fresh lemon and add at 1-2 teaspoons of honey. Sip.
Honey has been proven over and over to be wonderfully effective at not only stopping a cough, but also causing the person who’s sick to get a better night’s sleep, as they’re not up all night couging. Darker honeys work better than light, although my grandmother used to just grab whatever was at hand and, if the cough persists, just take more honey. Not something you can do with an over-the-counter medication, which can cause dizziness as well as be dangerous in larger doses.
Next time you have a cough, reach for the honey jar. It’s a cheap cough suppressant, completely natural and it works.
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