Did you know honey can cure coughs and colds? Get the scoop on the health benefits of this naturally sweet substance.

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Nothing’s more annoying than a summer cold, but have you heard the buzz? Recent studies have shown that eating honey creates a protective barrier in your throat that may prevent infections. Honey also has antimicrobial properties. Boost your immune system and kick your cough with these sweet picks. (But note that you shouldn't give honey to children under one year old, because spores of bacteria in honey may cause infant botulism.)

Beekeeper’s Naturals Propolis Throat Spray white and yellow bottle
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Next time you feel a twinge of a sore throat, open wide for a few spritzes of Beekeeper’s Naturals Propolis Throat Spray. Propolis is a germ-fighting supplement with more than 300 vitamins, minerals, and compounds that work to fight off an oncoming illness.

Zarbee’s Naturals 99% Honey Cough Soothers throat lozenges
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Let Zarbee’s Naturals 99% Honey Cough Soothers relieve irritation. The lozenges are made with only two ingredients: honey and a natural flavoring (cherry, lemon, or mint). Be sure to keep them up and away from your kids.

Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Plus Immunity snack food
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Manuka honey (produced by bees that feed on manuka bushes in New Zealand) is a true superfood. Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Plus Immunity is a mix of manuka honey, elderberry, and watermelon that’s rich in vitamin C and fiber. Try it as a quick snack, drizzle it on toast, or stir it into oatmeal.

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