Sure it’s a sweet treat, but the benefits of honey go far beyond its delicious flavor. Used for centuries as a natural cure all, honey is one of the purest and most natural forms of remedy, promoting general health and well being. So in order to experience the health benefits of honey, here are a few tips for you.
For Cuts and Burns
Honey has amazing antibacterial properties. Because of its ability to kill bacteria, honey has been traditionally used to treat wounds and prevent infection. Honey gets its antibacterial properties from propolis and hydrogen peroxide. Propolis is a thick mixture that bees retrieve from trees and flowers. The naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide in honey is released slowly when it is mixed with fluids, including body fluids. The thick texture of honey also prevents external contaminants from entering wounds. In addition to preventing infection, honey has proven to speed healing time in scientific studies by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow.
When you get a hangover from drinking too much alcohol, combat its effects by using the honey remedy. Honey is gentle on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars such as fructose which is known to speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver. Follow this recipe: 15ml of liquid honey with 80ml of orange juice and 70ml of natural yogurt. Blend them together until smooth.
Soothe a Sore Throat
Honey soothes a sore throat. Because of honey’s sweet, antibacterial and healing properties, it is a perfect soother for the common sore throat. At the first sign of a scratchy throat, mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in half a cup of hot water. Sip the mixture slowly and often. It will sooth and heal a sore throat quickly.
Honey is also beneficial to the digestive system because it is rich in enzymes, which aid in the digestion of food. Raw honey is richer in enzymes as the heat from pasteurization destroys them, as well as some of the active antibacterial ingredients. Honey should not be given to children under the age of one year. Spores found in honey are not harmful to a mature digestive system, but may be harmful to infants
Improves Sport Performance
Studies at the University of Memphis Exercise and Sports Nutrition Laboratory found that honey may be one of the most effective forms of carbohydrate to eat just prior to exercise. Honey eaten before exercise is digested easily and released into the system at a steady rate for use by the body.
Beautify Skin and Hair
Honey is great for moisturizing the skin and hair. Adding honey to shampoo, soaps or lotions for daily use will soften and moisturize the skin.
A treatment for acne is to mix equal parts of honey and nutmeg. Coat the acne with this mixture. Honey may benefit acne due to its antibacterial properties and ability to stimulate healing.
It’s important to know the darker the honey the more minerals it contains. We suggest keeping honey in first aid cupboard for emergency use, and another in the kitchen cupboard for internal use.