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Honey is antibacterial and antiviral, but the effects on humans after ingesting honey is still up for debate. In a lab, honey has been shown to be effective against E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus, but there haven’t been enough studies to show if it does the same in humans.
Honey has, however, been proven scientifically to help suppress coughs. In several studies involving children, honey was more effective in suppressing coughs than dextromethorphan (a common cough suppressant found in drugs) and diphenhydramine (an antihistamine).
(When buying honey, the darker the color, the more antibacterial and antioxidants it will have.)
If lemon or ginger are not your cup of tea (get it?), Herbal Academy has an entire section in their Introductory course on medicinal honeys. You can combine the herbs you want with the honey to make a completely natural medicinal cough syrup (that your kids will actually enjoy!)
*NOTE: Do not give babies under one year of age honey*
The medicinal properties of lemons is due to the high concentration of Vitamin C. One lemon contains roughly 50% of your daily recommended amount of Vit. C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps boost your immune system, and even prevent cancer.
Lemon also aids in settling stomach issues and improves digestion.
Another great stomach soother, is ginger. Ginger has been a natural remedy for motion sickness, morning sickness and other digestive issues.
In addition to comforting an upset stomach, ginger reduces pain and inflammation. Reducing pain and inflammation is vital in reducing the symptoms of colds and the flu.