Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees and some related insects. The variety of honey produced by honey bees(the genus Apis) is the best-known, due to its worldwide commercial production and human consumption. Honey has lots of amazing benefits which you probably never knew about. Read on to learn about these benefits and I trust you’ll be convinced to get yourself a jar/bottle of honey after reading.
#1. Honey is Medicinal.
Evidence of honey being prescribed as a medical treatment dates back as far as ancient Mesopotamia. Because the substance is so inhospitable to bacteria, it was often used as a natural bandage to protect cuts and burns from infection. Its high viscosity helps to create a protective barrier on the cut and its antibacterial properties prevent bacteria from growing on the wound. For these reasons, applying honey to wounds can even increase the healing speed and is used as a natural treatment for stomach ulcers, seasonal allergies and dandruff.
#2. Honey is a Natural Soother.
Honey is an old sore throat remedy. Try adding it to hot tea with lemon. Honey is known to be one of the best home remedies for dry cough as well as wet cough. Research has also shown that drinking a tablespoon of honey can reduce irritation in the throat. Honey is the preferred natural remedy for cough, especially for kids, as it helps to relieve nocturnal cough, allowing proper sleep.
#3. Honey Prevents and Helps Control Eczema.
Eczema is a skin condition that causes red, itchy, flaky skin that causes discomfort. Usually, young children and teenagers suffer from eczema. This suffering can be relieved by making a mixture of raw honey and extra virgin olive oil and apply on the skin to get rid of the problem. Honey acts as a natural cleanser by removing dirt and making the skin smooth and soft. It can also be used for exfoliation of the skin by mixing it with oats in order to remove dead cells. Regular use of honey prevents eczema from occurring or coming back again.
#4. Nourishes your skin and face.
Using honey for skin is very useful because of its moisturizing and nourishing properties. Honey is the best natural moisturizer, especially for your dry skin and it is also very easy to apply. Raw honey not only unclogs pores but it also helps moisturize parched skin. It also helps curing cracked lips during harmattan. Many people also use honey masks for skin tone correction.
#5. Honey Helps With Gum Diseases.
Honey’s anti-bacterial and infection healing properties help in treating and healing wounds. Teeth and gum diseases like gingivitis, bleeding and plaque can be treated to a great extent with the regular use of honey.Honey is known to release antiseptic hydrogen peroxide which acts as anti-microbial agent that prevents the growth of bacteria. Experts’ advice the use of raw honey mixed with water to be used as mouthwash. Also rubbing honey directly on affected gums gives instant relief from pain and inflammation and other periodontal diseases.
#6. The Antioxidants in Honey Can Help Lower Blood Pressure.
Blood pressure is an important risk factor for heart disease, and honey may help lower it. This is because it contains antioxidant compounds that have been linked to lower blood pressure. Studies in both rats and humans have shown modest reductions in blood pressure from consuming honey.
#7. Replace Sugar With Honey.
Keep in mind that honey should only be consumed in moderation, as it is still high in calories and sugar. The benefits of honey are most pronounced when it is replacing another, unhealthier sweetener. Make sure to choose a high-quality brand honey, because some lower-quality ones may be mixed with syrup and may not be as effective as high quality branded honey.. At the end of the day, honey is simply a “less bad” sweetener than sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
So I still wonder why you haven’t gotten a jar/bottle of Honey. Make sure to get one today!