Honey: sweet and good for you too

Honey is most notably known for its sweetness. In fact, that you can substitute honey for sugar in almost anything. Since honey tastes sweeter than sugar to most people, using less is advised. Of course, there’s more to honey than its sweet flavor, including plenty of health benefits.

To get the most out of your honey, you’ll want to use it in its raw form if you can. When honey is cooked it breaks down the chemical properties, making it much less beneficial. You can find raw honey at your local farmer’s market or at most health food stores. If you’re lucky you may live close to a bee farm so you can get your honey directly from the bees. It doesn’t get any fresher than that.

Some health benefit of honey

  • Sore throat and cough. Take a teaspoon of raw honey and mix into a warm glass of water, drink over a period of 5 minutes. This will help coat your throat and sooth the cough. You can take as often as every half hour to relieve the symptoms.
  • High cholesterol and blood pressure. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of raw honey and in a glass of warm water to make an elixir that could help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Make this part of your routine and drink a glass each morning for the best results.
  • Arthritis relief. Honey is believed to help with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. You can take a teaspoon full of raw honey by mouth or mix with warm water to get pain relief.
  • Indigestion. Honey is great for calming your stomach if you’re feeling nauseated or having heartburn or indigestion. Mix together a teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Sip this slowly. This can be repeated several times throughout the day.
  • Weight loss. A promising treatment for obesity is drinking a glass of water mixed with one teaspoon each of raw honey and apple cider vinegar three times a day. This concoction is said to help clear the fat cells in your body, resulting in weight loss.
  • Relieves Sunburn. Rub a quarter size amount of honey between your hands vigorously to warm up and make easier to spread. Then apply directly onto sunburned area.
  • Heals wounds. Honey is a natural antiseptic that can disinfect scrapes, cuts, burns or infections. Place raw, unprocessed honey on a band aid, gauze strip or clean cloth and put directly over the affected area.
  • honeyonfaceFacial wash. Take a bit of honey on your fingers and rub all around your face in small circles. Be sure to work into problems areas, such as around your nose and forehead. Leave this on your face for about 10 minutes and wash off warm water and clean cloth. Pat your face dry and see the glow on your skin!

Caution

These are ideas for your information; they are not meant to be used in lieu of your normal medications. Always consult your doctor or medical advisor before using any product for medical treatment. You also have to pay attention to the quality of honey if it is to be digested orally. I normally use Manuka honey from New Zealand that has third-party certification of Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA) to be sure of its claimed properties.

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