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Honey is a natural solution for Winter’s Challenges
It has been an unrelenting winter so far, and even if you’re not in the path of the polar vortex of snow, ice and freezing temperatures, you’re probably dealing with a few challenges that are common in the winter season. For my patients, family, friends and neighbors, honey is one of my favorite natural defense secrets, especially when it comes to those nagging coughs that are more common during cold and flu season.
What about coughs?
For years, I’ve been using honey and recommending it to my family and patients to help suppress coughs naturally. Research from Penn State College of Medicine shows that honey is an effective cough suppressant and is just as effective as over-the-counter cough remedies. In fact, the research also shows that honey helps children with a cough, sleep through the night. I always keep my pantry stocked with plenty of honey. My son knows to reach for honey when he has a cough. Over the years I have found that because honey eased his cough, he could get back to sleep and so could I!
Honey Cough Syrup
When I was a kid and had a cough, my mom used to mix up some honey and lemon with hot water to help soothe the irritation caused by coughing. With just four natural ingredients, my Honey Cough Syrup is a favorite with friends, family, neighbors and patients. You can look up my Honey Cough Syrup at www.honey.com. For children who dislike taking medication, why not try my Frozen Honey Coughsicle recipe?
What About Skin Care In Winter?
With biting cold wind and dry heat at home, the winter can leave your skin dry and cracked. Amazingly enough, the same natural ingredient that I recommend to help suppress coughs also doubles as my favorite moisturizer: honey. For years, I noticed that honey was an ingredient in some of my favorite lip balms and moisturizers, and for good reason. History tells us that honey is a natural moisturizer that’s been used for centuries to help keep skin smooth, soft and glowing. (more…)