How To Use Honey For Colds, Cough And Flu

How To Protect Your Family From The Flu Virus This Winter Latin Honey Shop

After three years of covid and a hot summer, the winter of 2024 is set to be one of the UK's worst flu seasons for ten years: colds, coughs, fevers, sick days, wet tissues...

Are you or your children currently fighting a cold or infection?

Raw organic active honey is one way of helping your body recover quickly from an infection by boosting your body's natural immune system. 

A teaspoon of 20+ active honey has equal power to a 20% antibacterial antiseptic phenol solution, but without the side effects associated with chemical-based medicines.

Taking a teaspoon of raw organic active honey in a glass of warm water three times a day half an hour before food can help relieve bacterial infections in the body. 

Public Health England releases a weekly flu report monitoring outbreaks of flu across the country.

Do you or your children keep catching colds and infections?

Does it take you a long time to recover from sickness?

If so, you may have weak immunity.

Immunity is the body's defence system.

How To Protect Your Family From The Flu Virus This Winter

The stronger your immunity, the less likely you are to fall ill. And if you do fall ill, you recover quickly.

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The common cold and the flu are different illnesses but they share some symptoms.

Both are viruses and antibiotics are ineffective on viruses. However, there are things you can do to relieve the symptoms and help your body fight the virus.

Symptoms of a cold include: runny or blocked nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough and a mild fever.

How To Protect Your Family From The Flu Virus This Winter

Symptoms of the flu include: high fever, headaches, aching muscles, shivers, runny or stuffy nose and a sore throat.

A cold makes you feel under the weather, but the flu can confine you to bed for several days.

How To Protect Your Family From The Flu Virus This Winter

Last year the average number of days UK employees took off work due to sickness was 5.6.

While most people recover from the flu, children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the worst effects of flu.

Since flu is caused by a virus, antibiotics are ineffective against flu.

How to build your body's immune system so you are less likely to fall ill

Diet, exercise, sleep... all affect immunity. 

Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, vitamins, minerals, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, all build up the body's immune system.

Raw organic honey in particular is known to contain over 15 vitamins and minerals in each spoon.

If the honey also has a lab certified activity rating, 20+, then it is like drinking a 20% antibacterial phenol solution, but without the side effects of chemical medication.

Honey with an total activity rating of less than 10 does not have sufficient antibacterial strength to make a difference to bacteria in the body.

So always look for at least a 10+ activity rating if using honey for medicinal purposes.

How To Protect Your Family From The Flu Virus This Winter


Taking a teaspoon of raw organic active honey in a glass of warm water before breakfast can help boost immunity without the side effects associated with chemicals found in processed food.

How to relieve symptoms of a cold and the flu

The body's immune system fights off the infections in its own time. Yet, there are some things that one can do to speed up the process and "help" the body fight sickness.

In August 2018, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) issued guidance to treat coughs with honey instead of antibiotics.

Public Health England guidance on honey

NICE and PHE found evidence from 3 randomised controlled trials, all of which looked at using honey in children and young people.

Two of the studies compared it with no treatment, and one allowed "supportive treatment" if needed, which included saline (salt water), nose drops, water vapour and paracetamol.

How To Protect Your Family From The Flu Virus This Winter

In both comparisons, children given honey coughed less often and had less severe coughs compared with those given no treatment.

Of course, not all honeys are the same. Commercially processed supermarket "honey" has been heat-treated and filtered in a process that leaves it little better than sugar syrup.

Commercially processed supermarket honey

Active honey, or raw honey from specific plants and trees known for their medicinal properties is more powerful in treating coughs than commercially processed honey.

How To Protect Your Family From The Flu Virus This Winter


The two honeys at the Latin Honey Shop which we recommend for boosting immunity and fighting common bacterial infections are the 20+ Active Raw Organic Coffee Bean Honey or the 15+ Active Raw Organic Amazon Jungle Honey. 

From our standard range, we recommend the Raw Organic Rainforest Honey and the Raw Organic Pink Lychee Honey

Latin Honey Shop Raw Organic Pink Lychee Honey From Mexico

To use for medicinal purposes, mix a teaspoon of raw organic honey in a glass of cold or warm water and drink three times a day on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before meal times. Never microwave raw organic honey, always warm the water first before adding the honey.

All our honeys are completely natural, free of added sugar and certified organic, which means they are free from harmful pesticides, pollutants and chemicals unlike local honey.

From as little as 37p per spoon, both are available exclusively in the UK from the Latin Honey Shop. Free and fast UK delivery on all orders of CA$70.10 or more.

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