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How to Take Honey for a Cough?

February 20, 2018

How to Take Honey for a Cough?

By Dr. Keerthy Sunder

Honey to Treat a Cough...

The common cold and respiratory infections are the world's most widespread viral conditions. There is not a single one of us who hasn't experienced the discomfort of catching a cold in the midst of winter or when seasons change. Runny nose, nausea, sneezing, high temperature, and frequent coughs all make the experience of staying in bed exhausting.

In fact, most people experience at least 2-3 colds each year.

Children are considered an even more vulnerable. They catch colds 5-7 times during the year. Turning to old home remedies may open the door to health and release you from a constant coughing that bothers you day and night. In fact, honey is a tasty cough suppressant with scientific evidence to back it up.

While there is no an official cure for the common cold, garlic and honey have been used for centuries as the most powerful weapon against the common cold. Medical research and various studies on healthy food and nutrition support have explored the use of honey for cough and confirmed its effectiveness. But how does it work? How much do you need to take?

We explore the use of honey for easing cough here. We'll look at the research behind it and we'll take you through best practices for taking honey. Then, we invite your questions at the end.

Got a cough?

Keep reading to learn how to get rid of it!

Can You Take Honey for a Cough?


For generations, parents gave their coughing children a spoonful of honey before bedtime. But the fact is that honey is not age limited. Anybody can consume it. Medical evidence stands positive for the use of honey as a natural remedy and helper in cough.

Here's what some trusted authorities stated about the use of honey for cough:

Both, the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend honey as an alternative to calming a cough. In fact The World Health Organization recommends honey for coughs in developing countries where there's limited access to medication.

Dr. Ronald McCoy, from the Royal Australian College says there is some research confirming that a honey can reduce throat irritation.

Another U.S. study found out that honey was better at reducing the intensity and frequency of cough, when compared to either no treatment, or honey-flavored dextromethorphan present in over-the-counter cough medications.

A study from 2012 coordinated a experiment with 300 children; each of them took cough treatments over the course of four days. For three nights, the children used different types of honey and the fourth night was a placebo. The results showed that honey was more effective at treating nighttime coughs, than the placebo treatment.

How Does Honey Work for Cough?

There is still no precise scientific explanation of how honey exactly eases a cough. Those who have researched the specific benefits of honey for cough found that honey has 181 different natural substances and suggested its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help ease throat problems. Honey has even been found clinically to help with bacterial infections in open wounds!

However, most experts agree that it is not just one single ingredient in honey that makes it an effective cough reliever. It is a combination of elements that make this natural ingredient a powerful remedy.

Here are some facts that might help you better understand why honey works as a natural cough suppressant:

How Much Honey to Take For Cough?

It is best to consume a tablespoon of honey 1-3 times daily to control your coughing.

If the cough is disrupting and does not let your sleep, eat 1 tablespoon of honey right before going to bed. This dosage is suitable for adults. Children are allowed to take 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of honey daily.

How Often Should You Take Honey For A Cough?

It's best to use honey is a combination with tea, milk or coffee. Indeed, Professor Anne Chang says that she encourages using honey in lemon drinks, rather than taking spoonfuls of it. Although there is not a specific limitation, it's best not to over exaggerate and limit your daily intake to maximum 2 - 3 tablespoons.

How to Take Honey for Cough?

It is very simple, it's all about making the right combination. There are many ways and countless different combinations you can use to combine honey and use it as a cough suppressant.

Here, we suggest a few ways of using honey for clearing your throat. All the methods may not be efficient for everyone, but surely you can find the right mix that can help you get rid of coughing. Either that, or experiment on your own!

Honey + Milk

Preparation method: Add 1 tablespoon of honey to a glass of warm milk. Try to drink it 2 times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. This blend is very beneficial for those who have problems going to sleep and staying asleep. You'll begin to feel the changes almost immediately. In order for this trick to start working, try going to bed 1 hour earlier than you previously did.

Honey + Lemon

Preparation method: Mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Drink this several times during the day. You can expect the results after 2-3 days. The vitamin C in the lemon helps the body guard against the infection and reduce the inflammation.

Honey + Ginger

Preparation method: 4 cups of water are combined with 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped ginger and 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint. Let this mixture boil until the liquid reduces to half. Then let it cool down to room temperature. After it's ready for drinking add a cup of honey. Instead of drinking it, store it and leave it in a refrigerator. It is recommended to consume 1 tablespoon every 4 hours to ease the cough.

Honey + Tea

Preparation method: Make 1 cup of tea (the one you prefer). Let it cool down to room temperature. Then add 1 tablespoon of honey and drink 2 cups a day.

Honey Love: A Sweet and Delicious Cough Suppressant

When a healing process begins, it always includes treating your mind and body together. That's why we think that one honey stands above the rest. We'd like to introduce you to Honey Love.

Honey Love has been created by a double-board certified physician, Dr. Keerthy Sunder. Doctor Sunder's medical practice lead him to the discovery that our brains and bodies require proper nutrition in order to function at their best. This revelation lead to the creation of Honey Love.

Combining some of the world's finest wild-sourced super-foods and the knowledge of science helped Dr. Sunder to create a blend of turmeric, cinnamon, organic ginger and honey that can help you ease a cough.

Honey Love is a raw, organic rich with magnesium, potassium, and B vitamins. Moreover, it is created to provide your body with vital energy and focus.

Honey Love is delicious beyond belief!

But don't take our word for it, try if for yourself!

How Do You Take Honey Questions

Why make compromises with a cough? Why should accept the opinion that the only way to get through your season fly is by taking medications? Not all pharmaceutical options are suitable for everyone. 

If you have any further questions about the role of honey in cough release, or simply want to share a way to use honey and help others, you are more than welcome. In fact, we consider all your questions of great value and we want to hear from our readers! If you ask a question, we will try to answer it in a personal and promptly manner.

Stay well.

Reference Sources:
NCBI: Recommendations for the management of cough in adults
NCBI: Honey for treatment of cough in children
NCBI: A spoonful of honey helps a coughing child sleep

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