The scientifically studied anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of honey combined with the scientifically studied anti-inflammatory properties of an enzyme found in pineapples, and may reduce coughs due to colds and allergies - without side effects.
"These results suggest that oral treatment with bromelain had a beneficial therapeutic effect in this murine model of asthma and bromelain may also be effective in human conditions."
The United States Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about the risks associated with over-the-counter cough and cold medicine. This article shows you how easy it is to create a natural cough syrup to control your child's cough, or your own. This article also explains how the ingredients help to calm your cough so you feel better fast. I have been using this recipe for over 10 years for our family - it really works well to naturally control coughs due to colds or allergies. Please remember that honey is not recommended for children under one year old.
Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that recent research is showing can be used to calm lung inflammation. According to this study located on the National Library of Medicine web site, Oral Bromelain Attenuates Inflammation in an Ovalbumin-induced Murine Model of Asthma, "These results suggest that oral treatment with bromelain had a beneficial therapeutic effect in this murine model of asthma and bromelain may also be effective in human conditions."
This study, also hosted on the National Library of Medicine web site, Bromelain exerts anti-inflammatory effects in an ovalbumin-induced murine model of allergic airway disease., suggests the same anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain in its conclusion, "The reduction in allergic airway disease (AAD) outcomes suggests that bromelain may have similar effects in the treatment of human asthma and hypersensitivity disorders."
Although these studies were done on mice, and the specific condition being studied was asthma, I have used pineapple for over 10 years to reduce coughs from colds. It is highly effective for myself and my family. I never knew why until I found these studies that suggest the benefits of bromelain, found in pineapple, for airway disorders.
One of my readers mentioned that people with certain stomach conditions cannot drink pineapple. If you cannot include pineapple juice, choose any other juice, such as kiwi, with a high vitamin C content, as a substitute.
I strongly suggest using Manuka honey, or at least cold pressed local honey, for the honey portion of the natural cough syrup recipe. Many scientific studies have show that it has highly effective anti-microbial properties. I recently published an article which explains that Manuka honey is strong enough to control, and even eradicate, MRSA. Please read my article entitled, Clinical Studies Show Honey Kills MRSA, for more information.
Now that you understand why these ingredients were chosen for this natural cough syrup, here is the recipe to make your own Honey-Pineapple cough syrup.
¼ cup pineapple juice
1 cup Manuka honey
¼ cup distilled water
Put all of the ingredients to a clean glass jar. Shake to blend. Store in the refrigerator. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cough syrup as needed.
There are other natural ways to suppress a cough. One that works very well is a steamy bathroom. Go in the bathroom and close the door. Turn the shower on full hot and allow the steam to fill the room. You should cough a lot for a few minutes and then your cough should be gone. This works best when you have those coughing fits in the middle of the night that keep you awake. Another way to control your cough is by increasing the humidity in your home, especially in the bedroom. Use a vaporizer or humidifier to keep the air from drying out. When the air dries out, the lining in your nose and throat dry out leading to a cough caused by dryness and irritation. When this happens, reach for the natural cough syrup in the refrigerator to cool and soothe your cough.