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I’m talking about honey. It calms a cough MORE effectively than the active ingredient in most over-the-counter medicines. That’s according to Penn State researchers. One reason? The nerves that stimulate coughing interact with the brain regions that detect sweetness. So, the taste of honey may calm the part of the brain that makes you cough. Another reason? Honey is thick, so it coats your throat. Plus, it has antibacterial properties to kill germs in your throat. The prescription dose? Swallow 2 teaspoons every 4 to 5 hours during the day – and a half hour before you go to bed.