How to Use Honey for Cough Relief?

Generally, a cough is regarded as a good thing as it ensures that you are rid of the mucus that collects in your lungs. If a cough becomes persistent it is very unwelcome to us all. Honey is regarded as a time honored remedy against a sore throat. It can relieve coughs better than any over the counter medicine. Cough medicines contain common cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, but honey works better than the drug. Here are some effective ways to use honey for cough relief.

Is Honey Good for Cough?

  • Honey is a tested home remedy for coughs. The sticky nature and viscosity of honey help to soothe the agitated mucus membrane. It is antibacterial in nature.
  • Hence it is able to provide relief from any kind of bacterial infection in the throat that causes the coughs.
  • It also helps the body to fight infection as it is rich in antioxidants.
  • A study had shown that children of age 2 and above and suffering from respiratory tract infection were treated with honey just before bedtime. It reduced their night time coughing and their sleep improved.

How to Use Honey for Cough Relief?

Given below are some methods of using honey to cure constant coughs.

Peppermint Tea and Honey for Cough


  • 20 fresh peppermint leaves
  • 10 Indian basil leaves
  • 2 whole peppercorn
  • 1½ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

How to consume:

  • Grind the leaves and peppercorns together into a coarse paste.
  • Add the water and bring it to boil
  • Let the mix reduce to a cup then take it off the heat.
  • Filter the mixture to a cup.
  • Add the honey.
  • Drink it warm
  • Repeat twice daily till you are healed.

Benefit: Peppermint contains menthol which helps in decongestion.

[ Read: Best Essential Oils for Cough ]

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey for Cough


  • Apple cider vinegar- 4 tablespoons
  • Honey- 4 tablespoons
  • Water- 3 tablespoon
  • Cayenne pepper- ¼ tablespoon
  • Ground ginger- ½ tablespoon

How to consume:

  • Put all the ingredients in a glass jar and shake it well so that all the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Leave it at room temperature for a day
  • Stir the ingredients well before consuming.
  • Consume 1 tablespoon daily till you are healed.
  • Keep in the refrigerator for longer storage.

Benefit: Apple cider vinegar works along with honey to remove congestion.

[ Read: How to Cure Cough with Apple Cider Vinegar ]

Lemon and Honey for Cough


  • 1 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

How to consume:

  • Mix together the two ingredients.
  • Swallow the mixture at once.
  • Repeat thrice a day till healed.

Benefit: Vitamin C helps to fight infection and reduces the inflammation.

[ Read: Natural Remedies for Sore Throat ]

Ginger and Honey for Cough


  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint
  • 1 cup of honey

How to consume:

  • Add the ginger and peppermint to the water and bring it to a boil.
  • Continue boiling till mixture is reduced to half.
  • Let it cool to room temperature
  • Add the honey and stir it well
  • Store it in an airtight container
  • Consume 1 tablespoon every four hours till healed
  • Conserve excess in the refrigerator.

Benefit: Ginger helps to soothe a sore throat and reduces a cough.

[ Read: How to Use Turmeric for Cough ]

Cinnamon and Honey for Cough


  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

How to consume:

  • Mix together the two ingredients.
  • Swallow the mixture at once.
  • Repeat thrice a day till healed.

Benefit: Cinnamon provides a lot of warmth that helps to overcome the coughing sensation.

Hot Milk with Turmeric and Honey for Cough


  • 1 cup of milk (preferably milk with fat content of milk, soy, coconut, almond, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of wild raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A pinch of black pepper

How to consume:

  • Heat the milk over the stove.
  • Add turmeric and whisk it well.
  • Pour in the honey and the cinnamon and stir it.
  • Add the black pepper and stir it
  • Strain the mixture and enjoy the drink.
  • You can store the excess for later use.
  • It is best to drink the entire concoction on the same day.
  • Drink twice a day till you are healed.

These are some of the methods of alleviating a coughing fit and also curing the problem. It is important that you take the doses regularly. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients you must discontinue it at once. It is very important that if the coughing continues you must consult a doctor as you could be suffering from some other problem that needs proper care and attention.

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Written by: Pravallika Menon

Pravallika Menon is editor & Writer for "". Full time beautician for a organic Hair n Makeup saloon. She has completed graduation in Andhra University. Social Activist & Yoga Trainer.

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