Are you looking for an alternative to cough syrups laden with side effects? Honey could be the right option to put an end to your search. Are you reluctant to give honey without proper evidence? Here is some good news for you. Several studies have been conducted to find the efficacy of honey as a cough syrup. Know about the results of the studies before proceeding to use honey as a cough syrup.
A group of 270 children were subjects of this study. Some children were given 2 teaspoons of honey half an hour before going to bed. Some were given date syrup and some were given placebo or fake treatment. It was found that coughing in children who were given honey was less frequent and less severe when compared to other children.
In this study one group of children were given honey, one group was given salbutamol and the other group of children were given no treatment. At the end of the study it was found that honey was more effective than salbutamol. The impact of honey for night cough was impressive.
The WHO recommends honey as a cough syrup for children but you should note that honey is not recommended for infants below 6 months.
Homemade cough syrup recipes with honey
Honey and lemon cough syrup
Take a quarter cup of honey. Squeeze the juice of one large lemon to honey. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of warm water to get syrupy consistency. Store the syrup in a sterilized glass container. Give a teaspoon of the syrup 3 to 4 times. It is better to start giving the syrup in the early stages of cold.
Honey with milk and turmeric powder
Add a tablespoon of milk and a pinch of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk and give your kid in the morning and in the night.
Honey, ginger and lemon cough syrup
Grate 25 grams of ginger. Cut a large lemon into small pieces. Take a glass of water in a pan. Add the ginger and lemon. Boil the mixture and simmer for about 5 minutes. When the mixture is cool add half a cup of honey. Store the mixture in a glass container. Give the syrup 3 to 4 times a day to your child.