Flu and cold season has started and since I promised to post some natural remedies on this blog, I thought it high time to get started. May we present our Apple Cider Vinegar Manuka Honey Cough Syrup!
There’s nothing worse than a sore throat and cough that can accompany many viral infections which can grab ahold of us and make us feel run-down and listless. Often it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep because coughing can keep us from being able to drift off. If you’ve ever tried over-the-counter cough medications, not only do they contain ingredients that have side effects, they generally do not work at all. In fact, the majority of studies done found them no better than the placebo.
But what if there was something natural you could take that would help calm your cough and make you sleep easier? Would you jump at the chance? Well, here it is, a very natural and simple recipe that works rather well ……. Apple Cider Vinegar and Manuka Honey Cough Syrup.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used historically for its many healing properties. It has been used to ward of scurvy, as a deodorant, as a disinfectant and there are claims that it can help with weight loss, heart health and controlling blood sugar. In this recipe, it’s particularly useful, as bacteria and viruses are unable to live in an acidic environment, so in addition to soothing your cough, it aids in fighting the infection as well.
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand Manuka trees, or Leptospermum scoparium. Like many other honeys, it has anti-bacterial activity from the amounts of hydrogen peroxide present, however hydrogren peroxide can be broken down by the enzyme catalase, which is present in our saliva, blood, tissues, as well as by heat and light. On the other hand, researchers have found that unlike other honeys, Manuka honey still maintains its anti-bacterial activity even when the hydrogen peroxide is completely destroyed. How is this possible? Manuka honey has non-peroxide anti-bacterial activity, in that during testing its efficacy against bacteria was not diminished even with all of its hydrogen peroxide eliminated and it has often been shown to be twice as effective against certain pathogens as regular honey.
Give this remedy a try and then please let us know what you think!
Apple Cider Vinegar Manuka Honey Cough Syrup
A quick and easy cough syrup that actually works!
- 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons Manuka honey (or other honey)
Put apple cider vinegar and honey in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
Take 1 teaspoon as needed.
You can also try a 1:1 ratio to make it a little more palatable.
Food for Thought: “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” ~ Voltaire