Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Honey-Based Recipes Help Soothe Coughs and Sore Throats

The National Honey Board Shares Honey-Based Recipes to Soothe Itchy Throats and Pesky Cold and Cough Symptoms

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Winter is just around the corner and with it comes the peak of the cold-flu period, which in the United States is from late August to early April. Americans suffer over 1 billion colds each year and because of the growing problem of drug resistance, many Latinos are going back to the very same natural concoctions they took as children in their home countries.

Soothing recipes that include natural ingredients like honey and garlic are once again becoming the first line of defense when facing those pesky symptoms typical of viral infections -- sore throat, cough, chest pain, etc. To help millions uncover the soothing properties of nature’s own liquid gold, the National Honey Board is sharing tips and honey-based recipes, which can help itchy throats during those bothersome winter months.

"Honey may be used to help ease the symptoms from a cold or cough," said M.D., M.Sc. Ian Paul, leading researcher from Penn State College of Medicine, in an interview. "A recent study we conducted demonstrated how the use of buckwheat honey is more effective in alleviating cough symptoms in children than any other over the counter (OTC) cough medication."

Soothing tips for cold-cough season include:

1. Soothe your Sore Throat. Drink warm fluids like tea and add teaspoons
of 100% pure honey or gargle with warm water and honey

2. Calm your Cough. Take a spoonful of honey with the same amount of lemon
juice

3. Double-up. Eat honey with foods such as garlic, onion, ginger and
lemon, which can also help soothe a cold

For a tropical kick, try this favorite soothing honey-based recipe which is very popular during the cold season in Mexico.

Honey-Tropical Juice Boost

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of honey
3 whole guavas
2 slices of pineapple
2 cups of natural orange juice
1/2 cup of lemon juice

Preparation:

Cut the guavas and slices of pineapple into small pieces, incorporate the honey and blend it with the orange and lemon juices. Drink immediately.

Honey should not be fed to infants under the age of one year. For more information and other 100% pure honey-based recipes, please visit http://www.mielpura.org.

1 comment:

Your ER Doc said...

For a real world story on the dangers of honey and infants - please see this link:

http://www.yourerdoc.com/botulism-infants-and-honey/

Thank you!