Ah, honey, the incredible sticky golden nectar that makes all things better. And I don’t just mean food, oh no. Honey has far too many uses to limit it to only food. Providing benefits for everything from cold treatment to skincare, honey is basically a superpower. You can thank those bees later, but for now, let’s review the 12 Amazing Uses for Honey.
Wellness Roundup: 12 Amazing Uses for Honey
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Before we dig into all these amazing benefits, there is one important distinction we must clarify. We are speaking specifically of raw honey. Not the sad excuse for honey that most supermarkets carry.
Many of the cute honey bears you see at your local store are filled with manufactured honey. This honey is heated, strained, and tampered with, all of which helps stretch out the supply. This also means it loses its superpowers in the process.
When you go to purchase your honey make sure it specifically states raw, unfiltered, and preferably organic.
Honey has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. Here are a few of its impressive health benefits.
1. Wound Healing
Honey is slightly acidic resting between 3.2 and 4.5 on the PH scale, which gives it healing ability. Acid and antioxidants help fight off infection.
Because of honey’s consistency and moisture content, It is also beneficial for keeping wounds clean and nourishing the skin.
2. Cold and Flu Relief
Due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds, it can help reduce the symptoms and severity of the common cold. Especially useful as an alternative to traditional cough syrup or lozenges. In fact, it is more effective than traditional cough syrup. Fortunately, it is also incredibly easy to make at home.
As a flu remedy, it can help with nausea by soothing your stomach, and provide energy through its unprocessed sugar, trace minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.
3. Allergy Relief
Surprising to many, honey can be a treatment for allergies. Containing local pollens, it becomes a sort of vaccine. The pollen helps the body build an immunity to local contaminants.
A few months before allergy season, begin taking 1 teaspoon of honey per day. Just make sure and purchase local honey so you can build a tolerance to local allergens. A farmer’s market or health food store with local products is the best place to look.
4. Aid Weight Loss
Kicking refined sugar to the curb is one of the best things we can do for our health. Refined sugar leads to diabetes and obesity. All the negative effects of sugar are astounding, and it provides no real benefit. Of course, sweetness tastes good, but there is a better way to achieve that same flavor.
Honey is a fantastic sweetener. Using it as a replacement for sugar will reduce your toxic load and provide additional health benefits.
The best way to reap the benefits of honey for weight loss is drinking a mixture of warm water, honey, and lemon first thing in the morning.
We have discussed the dangers of inflammation in the past, and know it is a precursor to dozens of diseases. Which is why anything that can combat this damage should be considered. Even honey can fight inflammation, due to its antioxidant properties.
6. Reduce Acid Reflux
Contrary to popular belief, most people who suffer from acid reflux are actually low in stomach acid. To contradict this, you can consume acid and soothing foods, including honey.
Honey can also soothe the burning feeling from acid reflux, much in the same way it soothes a sore throat.
7. Digestive Support
Honey has been shown to support healthy gut bacteria, improve immunity, and assist with digestion. Some of the enzymes in honey help break down sugars and carbohydrates, giving the digestive system extra support.
Manuka Honey, which is highest in antibacterial compounds, is best for this treatment.
8. Hair Treatment
Dry, damaged or even dandruff-prone hair can benefit from a honey hair wash or mask. Mixing honey with water, apple cider vinegar, or a healthy oil like olive or coconut make it a great deep conditioning mask. This post offers multiple recipes and directions.
9. Facial Cleanser and Mask
Honey is a highly effective treatment for people with dry, combination, or acne-prone skin. It is a humectant, which adds moisture, the antibacterial and antimicrobial agents that make it good for wound care also allow it heal and treat lesions, and it can even attack acne causing bacteria.
To use as a cleanser, apply to clean skin and rub in circular motions for several minutes.
A honey mask is especially useful if you have active lesions. The anti-inflammatory agents will help reduce redness and shrink the size of your pimples.
To use as a face mask, follow the same process as the wash and leave the honey to sit on your skin for 20 – 30 minutes.
10. Facial Exfoliator
Raw crystallized honey can act as an exfoliator as well. The crystals help break down dead skin and dirt, and the raw honey will provide the most benefit.
When exfoliating, spend several minutes gently rubbing the crystallized honey into your skin.
11. Diminish Hyperpigmentation
The slight acidity in honey can also help fade dark marks and hyperpigmentation. As a potent scar treatment, mix raw honey with a bit of fresh lemon juice and apply to skin as a mask. Do this weekly, just be cognizant that you will be more sensitive to the sun for a few days after.
12. Eczema Treatment
Dry, flaking skin craves moisture, which honey can provide. It can also help reduce redness by addressing the inflammatory nature of the condition.
So many incredible honey treatments in this Wellness Roundup: 12 Amazing Uses for Honey. What are your favorites?
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