Honey, a sweet remedy for sore throat and cough
Honey can be used to soothe cough thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its antibacterial and antioxidant properties are now also confirmed by scientific studies. The honey has been used for hundreds of years as an antibiotic natural from many different cultures.
Today, thanks to various scientific researches, such as that conducted by Shona Blair at the University of Sydney school, it has been possible to better understand the mechanisms by which honey exerts its high capacity to kill pathogenic bacteria.
Blair even pointed out how honey is also effective against many germs resistant to different drugs.
Counteracts the action of bacteria
This wonderful natural substance is able to “attack” the germs through many ways and make them incapable of developing resistance. But honey not only has significant antibacterial activity.
It has been shown to actively and directly promote healing by stimulating the cells of our immune system.
A group of scientists from Pennsylvania State University tried to “measure” the effective effectiveness of honey through numerous tests.
The results of the analyzes have confirmed that some components of honey are able to “kill” pathogens and to have an antioxidant effect on the tissues, including those of the throat and other respiratory tract.
Honey is therefore effective in preventing damage in the intimate structure of the cell caused by the inflammation triggered by the attack of viruses or bacteria.
Recipes for the winter
Lemon: It’s good and serves to keep a sore throat at bay. Mix vigorously 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice for each tablespoon of honey.
It should be taken whenever the pain increases.
To quickly “dissolve” the cough. Put about 500 ml of honey in a saucepan and heat it very low heat (do not boil it, it would lose a large part of its properties).
Bring to a boil in another small saucepan with a whole lemon, and let it boil for 2-3 minutes.
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Allow to cool, cut the lemon into slices and add it to the honey. Leave to cook on very low heat for an hour or so. Remove the lemon from the honey and the syrup is ready. It can be stored for two months in the refrigerator.
You can take a tablespoon of syrup four or more times a day to soothe the cough.
With anise, traditional antitussive. Anise is traditionally recognized as an activity against cough,bronchitis and asthma.
Today, these properties are also confirmed by scientific studies that have identified in the plant, the presence of creosol and alfapinene, substances that can improve bronchial secretions and make expectoration easier.
Gently crush an aniseed table spoon and pour into a half cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Filter and slowly boil the remaining liquid to concentrate it in a cup. Add two cups of honey, allow to cool.
Pour into a jar with lid in the refrigerator, where it is kept for two months. Take 1 tablespoon / 1 and a half tablespoons to soothe the cough.
With the “analgesics” cloves. Cloves seem to possess a high pain-relieving power. Added to honey, therefore, they emphasize the activity against sore throat.
Just add five cloves in a small jar previously filled with honey (preferably eucalyptus) and leave it in the refrigerator for at least 10-12 hours. Then remove the cloves. It is really an excellent remedy for sore throat, to keep in the fridge and take “as needed” during the day.
Recall that the best honey against respiratory diseases is eucalyptus honey, which adds to the properties of honey in general those antiseptic, expectorant and calming of eucalyptus cough.