Honey Helps to Ease Coughs
Nagging cough? Scratchy throat? The answer for cold and flu season might already be in your pantry. For years, people have used honey as a natural cough suppressant. Compared to other over-the-counter solutions, honey contains one ingredient: honey. Penn State College of Medicine research shows that honey is an effective and natural alternative to over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine. As little as one to two teaspoons can help ease and soothe the irritation caused by a cough.
When looking for a spokesperson for our campaign, we turned to Nurse Practitioner Barbara Dehn, RN, MS, NP, also known as Nurse Barb. Nurse Barb has long supported using honey as a natural cough suppressant. “When children are sick with a cough and sore throat, honey is the sweet solution I recommend because it works and tastes great,” she says.
We’ve teamed up with Nurse Barb to create innovative honey cough recipes and to educate consumers on why this pantry staple can also be housed in the medicine cabinet. The NHB continues to educate consumers on the benefits of honey, from its use as a natural cough suppressant to the proper age to feed honey to children.
Nurse Barb joined Women Physicians in 1991 and is known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with regular television appearances as a health expert. Given her credentials, she has created “Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose,” a segment aimed to answer various healthcare questions. Throughout the month of March, Nurse Barb will be featuring honey in her Daily Doses with select markets across the U.S. You can also check out Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose here:
Click here to watch Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose - Honey Cough Suppressant video
Honey Cough Syrup
Zest of 2 lemons = 1 ½ tablespoons
¼ cup peeled, sliced ginger or ½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup water
1 cup honey
1/2 cup lemon juice
In a small saucepan, add lemon zest, sliced ginger and 1 cup of water. Bring mixture to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes and then strain into a heat-proof measuring cup. Rinse the saucepan out and pour in 1 cup of honey. On low heat, warm the honey, but do not allow it to boil. Add the strained lemon/ginger water and the lemon juice. Stir the mixture until it forms a thick syrup. Pour into a clean jar and seal with a lid.
Note: This can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.
• For children* ages, 1 to 5, use ½ -1 teaspoon every 2 hours
• For children* ages, 5 to 12, use 1-2 teaspoon every 2 hours
• For children* 12 and older and adults use 1 to 2 tablespoons every 4 hours
You can also add Nurse Barb’s Honey Cough Syrup to the following to help your child* stay hydrated and suppress their cough.
• Add 1 tablespoon to 4 ounces of water and pour in a Sippy cup
• Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of Nurse Barb’s Honey Cough Syrup over sliced bananas.
• Add 1 tablespoon to ¼ cup of cream cheese and use as a spread for bread, bagels or toast.
• Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to chamomile tea to help with sleep
Honey Lemon Coughsicles
• 1/2 cup of Nurse Barb’s Honey Cough Syrup
• 1 ½ cups of water
Mix together 1/2 cup of Nurse Barb’s Honey Cough Syrup and 1 ½ cups of water. Pour into your favorite Popsicle molds or a small plastic container to freeze.
When children* are sick and coughing, it’s important to provide soothing liquids to coat both their throats and prevent dehydration. These Honey Lemon Coughsicles can help quiet a cough and keep children happily hydrated.
* Remember, honey is recommended for children after the age of one.
Nature’s Relief for Coughs
Instead of looking through your medicine cabinet the next time you have a nagging cough or scratchy throat, head to your pantry. Nurse Barb’s pantry staple may be the natural solution you need.