Honey 'better than usual care' for coughs and colds

Prescribing honey for symptomatic relief of URTIs may help reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics, UK researchers say

Honey might be more effective in relieving symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) than commonly prescribed treatments such as antihistamines, expectorants and pain relief, researchers say.  

They say the results will give relief to GPs who often feel pressure to prescribe something to patients, with honey being a better option than antibiotics.

The research team from the University of Oxford in the UK say while honey was a frequently used lay remedy that was cheap, accessible, familiar to patients