One of the most common wives’ tales is that honey relieves sore throats. A lot of times, we tend to think of wives’ tales or grandma’s home remedies as not being truly effective in treating ailments.
The good news is that when our mothers or grandmothers gave us honey mixed in a warm cup of water it worked. Now, medical science is backing up the old wives’ tale that honey actually does relieve sore throats.
In a 2007 study conducted by researchers at Penn State University, it was found that honey was just as effective, if not more than dextromethorphan, an active ingredient found in over the counter cough and sore throat syrups, in relieving pain from sore throats and suppressing coughs.
Granted honey is not a cure for any viral or bacterial infection. But honey can relieve the extreme pain that sore throats can cause.
The reason honey relieves sore throat pain is twofold.
For one, honey is excellent at drawing moisture out of wounds and inflamed tissue. Sore throats are often caused by inflamed tissue within the throat itself. Since honey draws the moisture out of the tissue, the pain is relieved.
Second, honey contains antibacterial properties, which kill bacteria on contact. If your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, then using honey will most likely kill the bacteria in your throat and relieve pain.
However, if your sore throat is the result of a viral infection then honey won’t be as effective in killing the virus. Even so, it will still act as an effective pain reliever.
Honey for Sore Throats Recipes
To use honey as a treatment for sore throats, you can add 2-3 teaspoons of honey to a cup of hot water or herbal tea.
Another effective drink is to mix 2 tablespoons of honey with fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon, in addition to a pinch of cinnamon in a cup of hot water. Not only is this a delicious drink, but it is great for pain relief from sore throats, as well as other great health benefits.