Millions of Americans get the cold or flu each year. But you can combat both with a knife and your spice grinder.
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Honey is often touted as a cure-all for everything from burns (put raw honey on a burn as soon as possible to speed healing) to cuts and scrapes (honey's natural antiseptic properties allow it to work a bit like hydrogen peroxide). Because it coats your throat, it's a great cold- and flu-friendly sore throat reliever, and its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Buckwheat honey has the highest antioxidant levels; the clover honey that's ubiquitous in supermarkets has the least. Warning: Don't give honey to children under 1 year of age. Their immune systems aren't developed enough to ward off infantile botulism, which is carried in honey spores.