Honey is a safe remedy for adults and children age 1 and older who are suffering from a URI. The high amount of nutrients and enzymes in honey help kill bacteria and viruses that cause URIs.
It also has potent antioxidant and immune-boosting properties that promote healing. A 2013 feasibility study published in Pediatric Report journal notes that honey can help in the treatment of cough in children.
- Add the juice of 1 lemon and 1 teaspoon of honey to a glass of lukewarm water. Drink it 1 or 2 times a day.
- Alternatively, you can drink a glass of warm milk with 1 tablespoon of honey once or twice a day.
Irrespective of the cause of the URI, it is important to keep the body hydrated by increasing your fluid intake.
Adequate hydration with water, juices and non-caffeinated drinks can thin nasal secretions, ease congestion and reduce throat irritation. It also helps flush toxins out of the body, which is important for the healing process.
- Drinking an ample amount of water throughout the day will keep your body hydrated. You can also drink broth or juice from fruits and vegetables with high water content.
- Do not drink beverages that are high in sugar or contain alcohol or caffeine, such as coffee, tea and colas. These can worsen your symptoms.