The weather is changing here in Texas to my favorite Fall season. Although outside is getting cooler, we are experiencing rain and lots of pollen. This has caused my allergies to go a little haywire. I have been dealing with a sore throat for the past week, and last night I decided that something warm might help. Little did I know that what I chose would make it completely go away by morning.
I had two drinks.
The first was hot Peppermint Tea with about a Teaspoon of honey. The peppermint really helped to open my sinuses and soothed my throat, but it still hurt to swallow.
So I decided to try a different method. I then had about 10 oz of hot Honey water. I mixed about 1/4 cup of honey in 10 oz of hot water, and sipped on that. This morning, my throat feels like it is back to normal.
So I decided to do a bit of research on why this worked. Here is what I found. The UK version of Reader’s Digest was a great source. RD states that
Honey has long been used as a sore-throat remedy. It has antibacterial properties and also acts as a hypertonic osmotic, which means that it draws water out of inflamed tissue. This reduces swelling and discomfort. Add 2–3 teaspoons to a cup of hot water or herbal tea.
Health line was also had some information that confirmed my findings and had other suggestions for natural remedies:
Honey mixed in tea or simply taken straight up has long been a home remedy for sore throat. Scientific studies have confirmed this natural wonder works. A study of 139 children with upper respiratory infections, for example, found that honey was even more effective at taming nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants.
Studies have also shown that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may also help speed healing for sore throats.
I found this information very particle and easy to follow. Needless to say I would much rather use natural local honey to sooth a sore throat than a mix of medicine from the store. Honey is more cost effective, and it is a nice way to sweeten herbal tea!