The benefits of honey have been lauded since ancient times. It’s one of the oldest and most nutritional sweeteners on Earth. Used internally and externally, honey is a natural and effective medicine.
When you’re selecting your honey, make sure it is raw. Refined honey loses some of the natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Raw honey means it is unfiltered and unpasteurized.
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Honey contains an absolute trove of health benefits. Honey has antibacterial properties, making it ideal as a topical treatment for cuts and burns as it helps prevent wounds from getting infected. It has been known to even outperform antibiotics. Honey’s anti-inflammatory agent reduces both swelling and pain. It’s even been known to reduce scarring and stimulate new tissue growth. Honey increases calcium absorption, helping to boost bone mass. Drink honey and cider vinegar or honey with cinnamon as a home remedy for arthritis. For sore throats, drink warm water with lemon and honey—the antimicrobial properties in honey can even kill some of the harmful bacteria. If you have insomnia, drink warm milk and honey. Honey can even be used for hangovers. Mix some orange juice and yogurt for a smoothie that speeds up the oxidation of alcohol in the liver.
The carbohydrates in honey give strength and energy to our bodies. For athletes, it is effective in boosting performance and endurance, while reducing muscle fatigue. Because it has natural sugars (the glucose packs the punch while the fructose sustains), it does not cause the crash you get from processed sugar. For a pick-me up in the morning, spread some honey on toast (delicious!), drop some honey into tea, or make a decadent honey hot chocolate.
Honey is an excellent additive to a natural skincare routine. With honey’s ability to retain moisture, it has hydrating and nourishing properties that are beneficial to the skin. Its natural antioxidant properties shield the skin from damaging UV rays and bolster the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh. Honey absorbs impurities from the pores of the skin. Facial masks with honey are often used to fight acne. Mix honey with cucumber or apple to leave your skin feeling soft and supple. Honey mixed with olive oil can be used as a conditioner to revitalize dry hair.