Research suggests that raw organic honey is an effective treatment for tonsillitis. In fact, several studies have shown that hydrogen peroxide—a by-product of the fermentation process in raw organic honey—can help fight infections and viruses.
A 2020 study at Oxford University, UK, found that compared to antibiotics and cough medicine, raw organic honey reduced cough intensity and frequency. Raw organic honey contains glucose oxidase enzymes which convert the glucose in honey into gluconic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and free radicals that destroy bacteria. Bacteria cannot survive in hydrogen peroxide. That is where the antibacterial power of raw organic honey comes from.