Honey has been used as a natural sweetener long before sugar. Bees collect pollen from plant to plant, which is passed along from bee to bee until it eventually is deposited into the honeycomb. They beat their wings to evaporate the water as it solidifies into honey. Honey can be stored indefinitely if not exposed to air or water. There are 300 kinds of honey in America.
Honey Makes Excellent Cough Medicine – It relieves irritation in the mouth and throat providing a protective coating. Honey works as well as some over the counter cough medicines, soothing cough and other sleeping difficulties.
Honey Can Treat Wounds – Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant features for treating wounds. Manuka honey made from flowers of the Manuka bush has been found to destroy more than 250 strains of bacteria including MRSA, MSSA, and VRE. Manuka has extra antimicrobial qualities not found in any other honey. Honey releases hydrogen peroxide through an enzymatic process. Any type of unprocessed honey helps wounds and ulcers heal when applied topically.
Honey Improves Your Scalp – Honey diluted with warm water improves scalp conditions that cause dandruff and itching.
Honey Boosts Your Energy – If you want a quick energy boost, a spoonful of honey will work. There are also energy bars made with honey.
Honey attracts and retains moisture, making it a great addition to personal care products.
- Honey Hair Conditioner: Mix 1/2 cup honey with 1/4 cup olive oil. Let sit on hair for 30 minutes. Then shampoo as normal and rinse.
- Honey Body Lotion: Mix 5 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons rose oil, 2 cups almond oil. Apply to dry skin.
- Honey Almond Scrub: Mix 3 teaspoons honey, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 6.5 tablespoons crushed almonds. Rub the scrub on your face gently and rinse with warm water. Honey also fights acne if used as a face wash.
Not all honey is the same. Some have 100 times more potent antibacterial activity than others. More than 75% of honey in American supermarkets is so processed that it has no medicinal value, nearly void of pollen. Most of this “fake” honey is made in China. Farmers markets, co-ops, and natural stores have full, proper amount of pollen. Be sure the honey you choose is raw, unfiltered, and from a trusted source.
Honey is high in fructose, nearly 53%. Eating raw honey in moderation provides many health benefits as listed above.
Mercola MD, Joseph. “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Honey.” Health. Mercola.com, 20 Oct 2014. Web. 21 Oct 2014.