But these results haven't been consistently duplicated in clinical studies. Still the idea isn't so far-fetched. Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant
and may have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen
— an allergen
. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens. For now, however, it appears that honey may just be a sweet placebo
. But don't let that stop you from using it in food and beverages. Just don't give honey to children
younger than 1 year because of the risk of infant botulism
, a rare but serious form of food poisoning
. Ozone air purifiers.