They say that honey is good for everything, and especially for cold and for throat problems. The health-promoting properties of honey, however, have to be used properly in case of those ailments. Otherwise, even the most authentic and most healthy honey won’t help us.
Feeling cold? Have some honey
They usually say it about honey that it is the best natural antibiotic, and that it can make cold go away in no time. That’s why honey is present in most households during fall and winter. By using honey in our kitchen, we ensure Good preventive care, but it’s also our first choice once we feel that we’re coming down with something. Does it matter at such moment what type of honey we choose and how we use it? Of course it does!
A classic element in Cold treatment is linden honey. The linden tree is famous for its antibacterial, sudorific and expectorant properties, which is why linden honey will help Alleviate cough and for sore throat. This type of honey has a pretty acrid, intense taste, plus it smells and tastes like the linden tree. It will be perfect when combined with a linden flower infusion, which is good to drink during cold instead of classic tea. A milder version of linden honey is acacia honey, which doesn’t actually have such specific taste, but it does stand out with its significant sweetness level. It is acacia honey that plenty of parents give to their children because kids will appreciate its flavor values.
Another good remedy for cold will be multi-flower honey, preferably collected by the end of summer or during fall, as it has stronger antibacterial properties. Multi-flower honey is an easily accessible and likely most popular type of honey. A slightly more obscure one, on the other hand, is the raspberry honey. It has slightly bitter aftertaste and an aroma of raspberries. As a remedy, it’s mostly effective for temperature.
A lot of good things can also be said about buckwheat honey, which is strongly bactericidal, and on top of that has a calming effect and helps cope with stress (which strongly contributes to lower immunity). The honeydew honey, on the other hand, has valuable Strengthening properties, which makes it good to eat during recovery. It is also appropriate when we’re afraid of viral infections, it has expectorant properties and alleviates cough.
Besides the above mentioned linden honey, throat can also be protected by rapeseed honey. Because of its poor antibacterial properties, though, it won’t help us much with bigger infections.
Honey – how to use it during cold and sore throat?
By default, honey is added to tea, in hopes that drinking it will provide us with its health-promoting action. Unfortunately, each type of honey loses its therapeutic properties in a certain temperature. It’s the best to assume that it occurs somewhere within 40-45 degrees C. That’s when the process of protein denaturing and enzyme loss occurs. That’s why it’s much better to eat honey straight from the jar or wait for tea or milk to cool down a little before putting honey in it.
In High temperatures, honey turns into a regular sweetener, and it might actually even gain toxic properties. It’s also worth remembering that honey is above all a diet element and not a drug. It’s the best to consume it preventively all year and not just during fall and winter, which will boost our immunity.
Honey is perfect as a replacement for sugar in different types of Homemade syrups, like the famous onion syrup. Our grandmas, on the other hand, suggest mixing it with warm milk (watch the temperature!), garlic and butter. The simplest honey-based recipe, however, is about dissolving it in lukewarm water with added lemon juice, which can also be flavored with a pinch of spices – ginger, cinnamon, turmeric or cloves.