Honey is an incredible anti-bacterial agent. It’s beneficial for health and wellness in so many ways. It’s truly an amazing superfood with so many uses, only a few of which are discussed. It has been used in traditional medicine by many different cultures around the world for hundreds of years to treat many common ailments such as ulcers, gastric discomforts, skin wounds, burns, metabolism and digestive discomforts and more.
Honey is often recommended by physicians as a treatment for coughs, congestion and sore throats. This treatment is included for children over the age of 1 years. A homemade remedy you can use is to mix honey and lemon juice and ingest it orally. This is said to be as effective as dextromenthorphan and even more effective than diphenhydramine without the side effects.
Honey contains so many valuable nutrients, natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Honey includes vitamins B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin. Honey also helps neutralize damaging free radical activity. It’s also a strong ant-bacterial and immune boosting agent.
Children 1 years old and over can ingest honey safely. Babies 6 months old can have honey applied topically safely. This home remedy can be used for children and adults alike though.
DIY Honey Wraps For Coughs & Mucous:
Raw Organic Honey (Best found at your local farmers market, or on amazon here.)
Melted Organic Coconut Oil (heat it up slightly if need be)
Napkin or Paper Towel
Adhesive Medical Tape
- Mix the coconut flour with enough honey to make a paste. The honey should be coated with enough flour so that it is no longer sticky to the touch.
- Add a little of the gently melted coconut oil and then add some additional flour to return the mixture to a paste-like consistency.
- Spread the paste onto your chosen material (gauze etc) and wrap it in cheesecloth.
- Place the gauze onto the center of the patient’s chest, just below the throat and secure into place with the medical tape. Cover the patch with clothing (shirt or pajamas).
- For children it is best to apply this patch 2-3 hours before bedtime. Remove the patch when it is time for the child to go to bed for the night. Adults can wear the patch over night and can enhance the effectiveness of the patch by adding mustard powder to the original paste.
- Sweating is typical with this treatment because honey has a warming effect.
- Significant relief should be experienced after the first treatment but it’s perfectly safe to continue this treatment as necessary.
Word Of CAUTION:
It is important to check for sensitivity to the ingredients found in this recipe before using it. This is especially true for children. An allergic reaction in children can be very serious. To test for a reaction, apply a small amount of the paste on the arm of the patient and watch for swelling or redness. If swelling or redness occur, this treatment cannot be used for that person.
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