A new Oxford University study claims that honey is a better treatment for coughs and colds than over-the-counter medications and antibiotics.
Scientists at Oxford University believe that honey is a good alternative for relieving symptoms of colds and coughs.
The researchers have advised that doctors should consider recommending honey to patients instead of antibiotics.
The study, which reviewed 14 clinical trials, involving 1,761 participants, was published in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine earlier this week.
It found that honey is effective at treating the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections – including sore throats, blocked noses, coughs, and general congestion.
The findings come as no surprise to local beekeeper John Moodie.
Moodie says honey has a remarkable effect on relieving flu-like illnesses and is reemerging to treat various ills and ailments.
For thousands of years, honey has been used as a home remedy for soothing sore throats and coughs.
Moodie, who owns the Honeywood Farm in the Overberg regions, says honey is known to attack harmful oral bacteria.
However, he says consumers need to decern between bee-produced honey and fraudulent honey on the shelves.