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Honey Remedies for a Cough

Updated February 21, 2017

Honey is one of nature's many miracles. It has been used for thousands of years to help treat many different medical conditions, including coughs. Honey is rich in enzymes and antibacterial. There are many different ways to use honey as a cough suppressant, some more effective than others.

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Garlic Cough Syrup

Garlic cough syrup may not sound like the most appetizing thing in the world, but it battles a cough better than some pharmacological products. It also is not that bad in the taste department. The healing enzymes in the garlic help restore the airways to healthy, hydrated air passages, which can heal your cough. To prepare, chop a few cloves of garlic and place them in a mason jar. Completely cover the garlic with honey and place a lid on the jar. Place the mixture in the refrigerator to marinate for no less than 24 hours. When you feel the urge to cough, take a tablespoon of the mixture, and your cough should slowly fade.

Milk and Honey

Milk soothes aching airways with its slightly thick consistency. When coupled with honey, you've got yourself a cough killing brew worthy of store shelves. To prepare, warm up some milk on the stove. Do not allow it to boil. Pour the milk into a heat resistant mug and mix in one tablespoon of honey. Let stand for thirty seconds to allow the honey time to dissolve. Before bedtime, slowly drink the mixture one sip at a time. Not only will this help your cough, the warm milk will help you fall asleep.

Honey Tonic

This one is very simple to make. Stir a tablespoon of honey into a glass of hot water. Add a few splashes of lemon juice, and drink slowly whenever you feel the urge to cough. Lemon juice and honey have healing properties, and the combination quiets the tickle associated with coughs.

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About the Author

Joshua Bailey resides in Pennsylvania and has been a professional writer since 2007. His writing focuses on topics in film, entertainment, music and religion. Bailey has been published on eHow and has written numerous articles for three universities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business and creative writing from Moravian College.

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