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Honey is one of those versatile foods that has seemingly infinite uses. However, it also deserves a spot in your medicine cabinet. When dealing with a pesky cough, studies increasingly show that honey may be just as potent in suppressing the cough as an over-the-counter solution.

The medicinal qualities of honey go back centuries to the days of cultures like the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. The people used honey for everything from treating wounds to eye and skin infections. Today, we have extensive research into its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Thanks to the thick texture, it can help with coughs as well as soothing sore throats.

While a spoonful of honey in moderation is beneficial, you can also get creative with its uses. Mixing it in tea with a bit of lemon can ease congestion or you can stir it into crushed garlic. The garlic will release allicin, a substance that also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. The one-two punch of the garlic and honey creates a strong weapon against the common cold.

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