5 Family Home Remedies


Plan Bee

A spoonful of sugar may make the medicine go down, but a teaspoon of honey can soothe a cough on its very own. Swallowing honey can help calm scratchy throats and dry coughs by coating the throat and thinning the mucus. Plus it tastes good. (Just don't give it to kids under 1 year old because they're at risk for infant botulism.) Honey can also be used as a natural antibacterial treatment on minor cuts and scrapes.

Adults listen up: Most hangovers will resolve themselves in about 24 hours, but there is some evidence that the fructose in honey can speed things up. Audrey Halpern, MD, a headache specialist and neurologist, tells Health magazine that spreading a few tablespoons of honey on toast helps your body metabolize alcohol faster.