Honey has been sweetening people’s lives for thousands of years. It’s also rich in antioxidants, which are said to fight infections and have been linked to lowering blood pressure. And it’s great for soothing sore throats. A study in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine supports that a teaspoon of honey before bed can help calm children’s coughs and help them sleep better.
Honey can be found in Boiron Chestal Honey cough syrup which temporarily relieves dry cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation as may occur with a cold.* Chestal Honey helps loosen mucus and thins bronchial secretions to make coughs more productive.
Chestal is a day-and-night solution. Also available as Children’s Chestal Honey, it calms dry, fitful coughs at bedtime so the coughs don’t prevent sleep, but without affecting alertness the next day. For age 2 and up, Chestal has no artificial colors or flavors.
And with a nod to David Letterman, here are the Top 6 (because 10 would be showing off) facts about honey and honey bees:
- To make one pound of honey, the bees in a colony must visit 2 million flowers and fly more than 55,000 miles.
- A typical beehive can make up to 400 pounds of honey per year.
- Honey bees never sleep.
- A honey bee can fly approximately 15 miles per hour.
- There are more than 20,000 species of bees but only the honey bee (Apis mellifera) makes honey.
- Honeybees are responsible for pollinating approximately 80 percent of all fruit, vegetable, and seed crops in the United States.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.
Ken Redcross, MD tells how honey helps thin mucus to make it easier to get the “cough up and get rid of that urge” in this video featuring Children's Chestal Honey cough syrup.