Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Honey for nighttime coughing-WFMW
One tip I wanted to share is using honey to help nighttime coughing. I never buy cough syrup. Honey works just as good. It really does work! It's a cheap, natural remedy, and tastes better than cough syrup too. Try it sometime. Every now and then, kids get colds. Note: don't give honey to children under 12 months old!
My grandaughter was coughing and couldn't sleep, so I gave her a teaspoon of honey in a small 4 to 6 oz. glass of warm tap water, stirred it up, and she drank it down and only coughed a couple more times and then she slept cough-free through the night! Her cough always seems to go away within a few days too. It's not just for kids, of coure, adults can use it too with the same results.
I've been using honey instead of cough syrup since she was over a year old, and she is almost five now. I've never bought cough syrup, why give kids chemicals if you don't need to? If I have some lemon, I will add that in too, but usually it's the middle of the night, there is no lemon and she will drink the honey water right down, and sometimes wants more!
I did a search on the internet and found that other people use honey too, and there have even been some studies about it. This Penn State study says they used buckwheat honey, but I just use any old honey that is pure and natural. I keep it in the refrigerator and also, don't worry if it gets all crystalized looking, just use it anyway-it won't hurt it a bit! I just started using honey a few years ago for cough because I figured if it is in cough drops, there might be something to it!
I've heard other great things about honey too. A teaspoon a day is supposed to help with allergies. I would guess being that honey comes from pollen and it would kind of be like immunizing yourself. I have a friend who swears by it, a teaspoon of honey every day. It can't hurt, so why not try it?
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