Happy November everyone! Fall is among us and in other cities around the country (not here in Manhattan Beach) the leaves are changing and the weather is turning colder. As much as I love that fall is my off season, I sometimes dread the cold and flu season. Anyone with a young child knows that they are bound to catch something, and probably pass it along to me.
Sleepless nights are one of the many symptoms of cold and flu season that can deplete my energy. I find myself tossing and turning in the middle of the night trying to quiet my (or my kids) pesky cough! But of course, honey, the natural energy booster I turn to on the sand, rescues me once again. I look at my honey bear bottle or jar as a versatile secret weapon. It's a one-stop ingredient that already lives in almost everyone's pantry.
Did you know that honey is a natural cough suppressant? Just a teaspoon or two can be taken to soothe and relieve the irritation of a cough. This is what my kids love, too. They like the naturally sweet taste and how it easily goes down their throats. My youngest is quite a picky eater, but now that she is over age one, she can swallow one teaspoon of the liquid gold and feel better!
Just remember, honey should only be given to children over age one. This is when a child's digestive system may be "grown-up" enough to digest honey.
So next time you're looking for something to ease that nagging cough for you and your family, look no further than your own pantry. A teaspoon of honey or this simple Honey Citrus Soother will help to kick that cough.
Stayed tuned for more honey tips as winter approaches and updates from my off season from @NationalHoney and @KerriLeeWalsh on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! Visit www.honey.com for more recipes and info.