I love HONEY! Honey in my coffee, honey on my toast, honey in my dog’s food, honey on my face, honey on my hair, honey in my totty, and more…. Honey has obviously been around forever (since it’s made naturally by bees) and has been used by cultures all around the world. The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste and can be used for everything from a hair and face mask to a cure for you (and even your dog’s) allergies. Honey has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
You want to make sure you are getting local, organic, unprocessed honey when you are purchasing it. Getting honey locally will ensure that it contains pollens from the area where the allergens you are encountering exist and help prevent your allergy symptoms. There is nothing like a quick fix from a pill, but putting a tablespoon of honey in my coffee every morning not only tastes great but has helped take the edge off of my allergies. As for my dogs, I put a tablespoon in their dog food and they love it. One of my dogs throws it up every time (so she doesn’t get any), but the other dog handles is just fine and there is a noticeable difference in her breathing and scratching.
Here are some great uses for honey:
- Treats Wounds – Honey’s antiseptic properties promote healing and inhibit the growth of bacteria. It will also reduce both swelling and pain with its anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply it directly to the wound and reapply every 12 to 48 hours. It is said to help prevent scarring as well.
- Sweetener – Add honey as a substitute to sugar. It contains about 69% glucose and fructose and is better for your health than white sugar. Ingesting it is also a good natural energy source because it can easily be converted into glucose since it is pure and easy to digest. Add some to your coffee or spread on your toast for a clean source of energy.
- Immune Boosting Totty – Mix honey, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice to a cup of warm water and drink it! Start every day with a totty and help your immune system stay strong and improve your digestive system. According to the National Honey Board, honey contains “small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.” Give honey to children before bed and they will cough less frequently too!
- Skin/Hair Care – Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retrains moisture. So not only will it help kill bacteria on your skin, but it will help keep it hydrated. Apply directly on your skin/hair/scalp and leave on for 30 minutes. Then bathe as usual. You will have softer skin and less dandruff!
I could go on about honey, but I think you get the gist of it. Start working some of it into your lifestyle and let the miracles begin!
I would love it if you let me know more ways that you use honey!
Sources: http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/health-benefits-of-honey.html http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/10-health-benefits-of-honey https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/health-benefits-of-honey.html http://www.honey.com/recipes/detail/7/hair-conditioner