Honey has been found to be more effective in upper respiratory tract infection, aka the common cold, than antibiotics – we know that most colds are viral which do not respond to antibiotics (made to work on bacteria). But among the various concoctions to remedy the common cold, honey stacks up better than most – it is particularly effective in reducing the severity and frequency of coughing.

Anti-bacterial properties have been found against E coli (urinary and gastrointestinal infections), salmonella (gastro), staph (skin) and Helicobacter (stomach ulcers).

This advice applies for children over 1 year of age and adults (beware of botulism in infants).

In addition, honey has antioxidants, is better than sugar for those with diabetes, may help with blood pressure and cholesterol, and can support wound healing. That’s sweet!


  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/19/honey-better-treatment-for-coughs-and-colds-than-antibiotics-study-clams?CMP=soc_567
  • https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-benefits-of-honey#section2
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/15/health/honey-health-benefits/index.html