Dark Honey

Beeswax with jar of honey

Dark honey

Dark honey is at the heart of the Zarbee’s® story. Our founder, Dr. Zak Zarbock, was inspired by its 8,000-year-long history of use for supporting eye, throat, respiratory health, and even fatigue, constipation, and skin health.1* After reading scientific studies supporting dark honey’s ability to calm coughs associated with hoarseness, dry throat, and irritants,* Dr. Zarbock created our first cough syrup for children.2

Thanks to clinical support for honey’s effectiveness, it is widely recommended by leading health organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the 2017 CHEST Expert Panel Report as a treatment for cough.3-5

Both the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that honey should not be given to infants under 1 year to prevent infant botulism.6-8

Properties and mechanism of action


Recent studies have shown that honey has a number of beneficial properties that support overall health and well-being.9,10 The exact mechanism of action of honey as cough relief is currently unknown; however, it contains a wide range of compounds which may be responsible for its health supporting benefits—including high concentrations of flavonoids and other polyphenols, which act as antioxidants.6,10,11*
The calming property of honey is considered one of the key components in its demulcent action, which soothes the mucous membranes and may diminish irritation that causes cough reflex.* It also has properties that may provide immune support.12*

Scientific support


In 2018, a systematic review and meta-analysis found honey to be effective in relieving cough symptoms associated with hoarseness, dry throat, or irritants* compared to doing nothing.2

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.