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Honey BETTER than antibiotics – says new Oxford research

Did your dear old gran give you honey as a natural remedy when you were feeling under the weather as a child? Mine did. And I still use it today.

Whether it’s a sore throat, a cough or a cold, honey is one of those ingredients many people turn to first. As well as soothing ailments, it also has a warming and calming effect when we need it most. 

But honey has always been the underdog compared to the 'superior' medicines doctors and pharmacies kept dishing out.  

NOT ANYMORE! The clever scientists at Oxford University have released new research which confirms that honey is officially better at treating coughs and colds than antibiotics and other medicines...

Data analysis of 14 clinical trials, involving 1,761 participants indicated that honey was more effective than usual care for improving symptoms of Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) – I.e. coughs and colds which affect the nose, throat, voice box and the large air passages (bronchi) that lead from the windpipe to the lungs.

Looking for a natural remedy? Our Lemon and Ginger Vitamin Honey is great stirred into warm water to create a soothing drink! 


The research found that honey was especially effective when it comes to the frequency and severity of coughing. In fact, two of the studies showed symptoms lasted one to two days less among those treated with honey.

The Oxford University scientists and authors of the new research said:

“Upper respiratory tract infections are the most frequent reason for antibiotic prescription. Since the majority of URTIs are viral, antibiotic prescription is both ineffective and inappropriate.”

“When clinicians wish to prescribe for URTI, we would recommend honey as an alternative to antibiotics.”

“Honey is more effective and less harmful than usual care alternatives and avoids causing harm through antimicrobial resistance.” 

If you’d like to read more, here are some links: Oxford University research – click here .....NHS advice on honey – click here

Thanks gran, you always did know best!

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OK, well that's it for this time. I hope you're having a nice August and potentially even some time off/away. After the last few months, I think we all need it! Let's hope that decent weather comes back too! ☀️


  • I love honey ,my mum used to give me Honey ,Lemon, and glycerin for sore throats etc honey for warming up,you can add vinegar warm water to help weight loss, we still use honey lemon 🍋 didnot realise how many different ones you can get.🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 😊👍🏻Xx

    Lynn martin
  • I love honey, sometimes straight from the jar.

    Teresa Williams
  • I have always believed that food is, better(and more interesting) than pills.

    Pip Jacobs
  • Just received my honey I love the ginger and lemon this time I’ve had it in the pouchers

    Janice Roworth
  • Had croaky throat tried my friends honey and feel a lot better
    Have told people about yours hoping it will not let me down might try if you can tell me were in Doncaster I can try ?


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