Honey: 17 Uses for Health and Healing

Honey is sweet and delicious...but is it more than that? We found 17 uses and benefits of honey.

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Honey is pretty darned amazing; it’s the product of nectar transformed—as if by magic—by bees into a sweet, golden elixir  (we won’t go into how it really happens, it is way less romantic than that). The health benefits of honey have been documented in early Greek, Roman, and Islamic texts and its healing qualities were referred to by philosophers and scientists all the way back to ancient times.

1. Relieve a hangover.

Had a few too many margaritas? A few tablespoons of honey, which is packed with fructose, will help speed up your body’s metabolism of the culprit, alcohol.

2.  Heal wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns.

The next time you have a clumsy moment in the kitchen put honey on the burn, cut or scrape. It works as a natural antiseptic; bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide

3. Soothe sore throats and coughs.

Combine honey with the juice of one lemon and some mint. Drink; it works like a wonder!

4. Boost your energy.

Don’t turn to a coffee at 2pm for the boost you need to get through the rest of the day. Reach for a cup of tea with a tablespoon of honey. Also, forget energy shots before hitting the gym, just pop a tablespoon of honey before your next workout. Seriously, it has been proven to boost athletic performance.

5. Use as a superfood.

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.

6. Remove parasites.

Got a bug that just won’t leave you alone? Mix up a good blend of equal parts honey, water and vinegar and you’ll soon be on your way to being bug free.

7. Take during chemotherapy.

Taking honey during chemo will potentially prevent a low white blood cell count during chemotherapy, as noted in a small study.

8. Relieve seasonal allergies.

A study was performed by students at Xavier University wherein the students who took honey reported fewer allergic reactions.

9. Sleep better.

Honey might help you get a good night’s sleep by facilitating the action of tryptophan (the chemical that makes you sleepy).

10. Boost your immune system.

The phytonutrients in raw honey have antibacterial and antiviral properties that may help boost your immune system and fight illnesses.

11. Improve your digestive system function.

For centuries, honey has been used to aid in digestion. It is a very popular home remedy for treating various digestive problems, including ulcers, constipation, nausea and more.

12. Neutralize gas and relieve indigestion.

Honey has antiseptic properties which can relieve acidity in the stomach. Honey can also neutralize gas, making honey the ultimate tummy soother. Take 1-2 tablespoons honey before eating heavy meals to prevent indigestion. If you are already suffering, mix lemon and honey in warm water to aid in moving food through the digestive tract.

13. Possibly prevent cancer and heart disease

Honey contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

14. Relieve anxiety.

Whether mixed in with a calming tea (chamomile, fennel or lavender), on its own, or added to oatmeal, honey has long been used in India to quell nervousness.

15. Relieve nausea.

Mix honey with ginger and lemon juice to help counteract nausea.

16. Lower cholesterol and improve circulation.

Not only is honey cholesterol free, it has been reported that adding small amounts of it to your diet could even help keep cholesterol levels in check. The antioxidants in honey prevent cholesterol from being moved out of the blood and into the lining of the blood vessels.

17. Cure a UTI.

Honey can help improve urinary tract infections because of its antibacterial properties. Mix some with your daily dose of cranberry juice (in addition to your antibiotics of course).

 

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