Australia is approaching the middle of winter and with it, one of the worst flu seasons we have had. According to Health Direct, there has been an increase in the number of flu-related calls between May 19 and Jul 19, when compared with previous years.
A common question we get is ‘does honey help with the flu?’ As we approach the heart of flu-season in Australia, we thought now is the time to answer, and the short answer is yes!
Honey has antimicrobial properties, which may allow it to fight some bacteria and viruses and can help ease the symptoms of a cold and flu and there is growing evidence to indicate honey can stimulate the immune system.
In fact the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends honey as a #natural cough remedy. According to Medical News today, a 2007 study suggested “honey reduced night-time coughing and improved sleep quality in children with upper respiratory infection to a greater degree than the cough medicine dextromethorphan.”
The antibacterial properties of honey are increased with darker kinds of honey, such as AB’s Honey 100% pure raw Australian Manuka Honey. According to global research and many of our clients – raw manuka honey, especially those with a MGO of 100+, offers instant relief for a dry and tickly throat and can assist with improving energy levels.
Try our 100% pure, raw, Australian Manuka Honey today – click here to see our range, including the highest strength 900+ methylglyoxal.
When you feel like the winter cold is approaching, take a teaspoon of manuka honey, allowing it to melt in your mouth and trickle down your throat. Do this up to four times a day for as long as you need to. If you are like us, you may only need to this once or twice.
For a #sorethroat, you can gargle a solution of salt and warm water a few times a day, or you can try gargling a mixture of fresh lemon juice honey, and water. Steep 1 tbsp lemon juice in 2 cups of hot water; mix with 1 teaspoon of honey. Let cool to room temperature before you gargle.
For a #drycough, try adding a dollop of honey to a cup of hot herbal tea to help open your chest and soothe the cough or try our Honey, Lemon and Ginger Tea with our Manuka Honey to comfort you a cold day!
Have you heard about Bee Pollen?
Much like manuka honey, Bee Pollen has also been shown to effectively treat the symptoms of cold and flu due to its antibiotic properties
A versatile and often overlooked wonder, Bee Pollen is a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids AB’s Honey Bee Pollen is a complete food and contains many elements that products of animal origin do not possess. Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body. Each Bee Pollen pellet contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.
If you don’t enjoy the taste of Bee Pollen (although many do!), it can be added to your morning porridge, sprinkled on your cereal, mixed through natural yoghurt and even added to mashed potatoes or straight from the jar!