Honey is recommended as a cough medicine by the World Health Organisation.

In this randomized controlled study, the effect of 3 types of honey for the treatment of upper respiratory tract infection –associated cough in 300 children aged 1-5 years were compared to a placebo.

Results demonstrated that honey was superior to the placebo in alleviating the cough.


Cohen, H. A., Rozen, J., Kristal, H., Laks, Y., Berkovitch, M., Uziel, Y.,…Efrat, H. (2012).  Effect of honey on nocturnal cough and sleep quality: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Pediatrics, 130, 465-471. Doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-3075