Sometimes during the winter, lots of us get colds and start coughing, and coughing, and coughing, until our throats become unbearably irritated.
Known as tissus in the medical community, “a cough is a sudden reflex humans and many animals have to clear the throat and breathing passage of foreign particles, microbes, irritants, fluids and mucus, a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs,” according to medicalnewstoday.com. We’ll run to a drugstore, and try to determine which of the countless syrups, lozenges, sprays and pills will help give us relief, without making us either hyperactive from the added sugar and high fructose corn syrup, or completely groggy.
Stop pondering and make a beeline for honey, a completely natural remedy that has been used for centuries to reduce or relieve symptoms of the common cold. Human use of honey has been traced to about 8,000 years ago, when it was depicted in Stone Age paintings. Reported to have an inhibitory effect on about “60 species of bacteria, some species of fungi and viruses, honey is a by-product of flower nectar and the upper aero-digestive tract of the honey bee, which is concentrated through a dehydration process inside the beehive,” according to the National Institutes of Health. Often called “nature’s cough medicine,” honey has the ability to sweetly coat dry, irritated throats and suppress coughs.
How honey stacks up against common cough syrups
A 2007 study conducted at the Penn State College of Medicine found that honey can work more effectively than over-the-counter drugs to treat inflammation and calm a cough. Its thick consistency and stickiness do a wonderful job of coating and soothing irritated mucous membranes. Honey also offers antibacterial properties, due to an enzyme that bees contribute when they harvest the sweet food. This may help to strengthen the immune system and shorten the length of your cough if it’s caused by a bacterial illness.
A small dose of buckwheat honey reduced nighttime coughing and improved sleep quality in children with upper respiratory infections better than dextromethorphan (an ingredient found in many over-the-counter cough syrups) or no treatment at all, the Penn State study also revealed. The study reported, too, that buckwheat honey has a definite effect on sleep for adults.
Maty’s Cough Syrup is a popular, and organic, cough remedy with organic honey, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, lemon peel and other whole-food ingredients to boost the immune system. It’s drug free so you don’t have to worry about any side effects. Try it on pancakes or add it to warm apple cider or decaffeinated tea, Maty’s recommends. “So many people write to us saying how comforting our cough syrup is in warm tea. Moms write to us and say their kids love it on pancakes or in their yogurt. That’s the beauty of our whole-food ingredients, you can add it to anything,” says Carolyn Harrington, founder of Maty’s Healthy Products.
“I was sick last week that left me with a cough that i couldn’t get rid of. I bought your cough syrup this afternoon and haven’t coughed since I took the second dose,” raves Mary Ann to Maty’s, one of its legion of fans.
The organic syrup is gluten and dairy free and USDA Certified Organic.
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