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Honey for Sore Throat

Romanian stamp, 1947

Honey is a sweet, sticky substance produced by honey bees from nectar, which is partially digested and regurgitated into honeycomb. Humans have harvested honey for thousands of years, primarily as a food source, a natural sweetener, and a natural medicine, although honey holds cultural and religious significance among many groups of people.

Honey to Soothe a Sore Throat


  • Honey may be eaten slowly by itself, or mixed with a small amount of lemon juice.

Why It Works

Honey coats the throat, reducing soreness and cough. Honey also has some antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which may help to heal the sore throat.


Do not give honey to infants under 1 year old, due to a risk of contracting botulism. Honey produced from certain types of plants can cause honey intoxication, a condition that may lead to dizziness, weakness, nausea and vomiting. This is more common in unprocessed honey. Please contact your healthcare provider if your sore throat does not improve within 24-48 hours, as this may be a sign of serious illness.

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