Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Maty's Natural Cough Syrup Review

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

There'll be coughing and sneezing,
and everyone wheezing,
and tissues bunched up in a row.
They'll be scary germs swirling,
for help we'll be yearning from remedies
that we love so...

All joking aside, it really is cold and cough season! At my house we've been hit especially hard with 2 colds and now we all have coughs. I am not a fan of regular cough syrups, so I'm really grateful that we have Maty's Buckwheat Honey All Natural Cough Syrup in our home this season.

Through our weeks of on-again off-again colds and coughs, we have turned to Maty's cough remedies, especially for our preschooler and toddler. To hear more about our experience, please click on "read more." You can also enter to win Maty's cough syrup (and some awesome cloth produce bags) for yourself now through December 6, 2012!

Maty's cough syrup is drug-free, alcohol-free, and is made from all-natural ingredients including buckwheat honey, cinnamon, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon peel, and grapefruit seed extract. I love that all of the ingredients are natural ingredients that I recognize and often use in cooking!

Because of the natural food-based ingredients, Maty's cough syrup is safe for children and adults! (Don't give honey or products containing honey to babies under 1 year though.) In fact, recent research from Penn State University has shown that buckwheat honey is more effective in helping children's coughs than regular over-the-counter cough medicine. Here is a quote from a news story about this research:

"The study found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications. Honey did a better job reducing the severity, frequency and bothersome nature of nighttime cough from upper respiratory infection than DM or no treatment. Honey also showed a positive effect on the sleep quality of both the coughing child and the child’s parents. DM was not significantly better at alleviating symptoms than no treatment."

As you can see in this picture, Maty's offers a regular version of their  all-natural cough syrup, as well as a children's version. From what I could tell, the ingredients and dosing were exactly the same between the two varieties. The difference is in the packaging and flavoring: the safe and natural children's cough syrup is Banana Caramel flavored.

My 4 year old preschooler had a pretty nasty cough two weeks ago. When his throat hurt, he would request some of the Maty's cough syrup to make it feel better. It's safe for him to take because it's drug-free and side-effect-free. It's honey-based, so I can feel safe about giving it to him. It was nice to know that it soothed his sore throat! I also noticed that it decreased the intensity of his coughs more than it decreased the frequency of his coughs. So he would go from a hacking cough to just a raspy cough after taking the Maty's cough syrup.

My son liked both flavors and originally requested the kid's cough syrup banana caramel flavor. As time went on he asked for the regular buckwheat honey flavor most of the time. We used the cough syrup as needed and before bedtime to help my preschooler sleep. We also occasionally used it at night when he would wake up coughing and with a sore throat.

I really appreciate that Maty's has made a safe cough syrup for children. It's good to know that I am helping my child with a natural product and that real research backs up the ingredients in Maty's cough syrup! I highly recommend Maty's kid's cough syrup for little ones who need some relief from painful coughing.

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