Bee Happy! 19 Awesome “Bee-nefits” of Honey
To all the honey lovers, appreciators, and connoisseurs out there – you will “bee” happy to know that not only is honey “bee-licious”, but it has tons of awesome uses and health “bee-nefits” as well. So many in fact that even the most avid honey critics may reconsider indulging in the sticky yumminess known as sweet, sweet honey, when they read the list of benefits of honey below.
Before the list of awesome “bee-nefits”; there must be a clarification made – not all honeys are created equal. Most of the honey you get at the shops isn’t raw – it is heated over high temperatures and pasteurised. These processes remove all the “bee-neficial” enzymes, antioxidants and nutrients and all the bee pollen, which is actually very good for you. So, if you’re going to love honey, love the right kind of honey – LOVE RAW HONEY!
Getting Back to those Awesome “Bee-nefits” of Honey…
There are many benefits and awesome uses for honey – from medicinal, to topical and even for pampering purposes. Although there are 19 benefits listed below, the post distinguishes between 1) health and 2) beauty “bee-nefits” for your convenience.
1) Medicinal “Bee-nefits” of Raw Honey to Swarm to.
Raw honey is really amazing, with it offering a whole range of health benefits. Here are but a few ways you can use honey for your general well-being.
Sore throats and coughs are unfortunately something that are fairly common in winter and sometimes in the other seasons as well. But never fear when raw honey is near! Raw honey can soothe sore throats and coughs. To soothe and relieve a sore throat, combine a tablespoon of honey with a cup of hot water and peppermint oil or fresh peppermint – and drink; your raw throat will instantly be coated and soothed. To treat the discomfort of a dry cough – combine a tablespoon of honey with a squeeze of lemon juice (about one lemon) and then drink it; this will help soothe your chest and keep your cough at bay.
Did you know that raw honey aids digestion? All you need to do is consume a tablespoon of honey (or two because it’s yummy) and it will improve your digestion and tummy. And with it improving your digestion, it improves your circulation: by adding raw honey to your diet, it will strengthen your heart and improve your circulation. Studies also show that honey can lower your cholesterol and therefore possibly decrease your risk of coronary artery disease.
And if these reasons aren’t enough to convince you… raw honey can be used:
- To Relieve Nausea– mix a tablespoon of raw honey, with a crushed tablespoon of ginger and a squeeze of lemon juice, to help combat nausea.
- As Antioxidant Support– by adding raw honey to your diet, you will increase plaque-fighting antioxidants, which of course is a good thing.
- As Prebiotic Support– raw honey is a great source of natural prebiotics, which assists the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut. And because prebiotics have a whole range of proven health benefits, it (prebiotic support) is a super benefit of honey!
- To Get the Right Kind of Sleep– with the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life and the way society is driven like a swarm of worker bees, you often do not get enough sleep and when you do, it isn’t the right kind of sleep. Raw honey can help remedy that because it promotes restorative sleep. Add some raw honey to your hot beverage/night cap of choice, to make sure you really get that perfect peaceful sleep.
- To Improve Allergies– if you consume raw honey that is locally sourced it can actually assist you reduce seasonal allergies, naturally. This is great as antihistamines and the like, often make you feel drowsy – so of course if you can battle your allergies naturally, it would be beneficial!
- To Reduce Inflammation– raw honey has anti-inflammatory properties that can treat respiratory illnesses, such as asthma.
- To Heal Wounds– raw honey can be used topically to treat a whole range of issues. Due to its antimicrobial properties, honey can be used as an antiseptic and to treat: mild burns, wounds, rashes and abrasions. It also helps wounds heal quicker.
- And Finally…to Boost Your Energy: to get you feeling “amped” and great, add some honey to your tea at work and go from lethargic to vivacious, one spoonful of honey at a time.
2) Bath and Beauty Routines Fit for the Queen: Pampering “Bee-nefits” of Honey.
Cleopatra is rumoured to have bathed in milk and honey. Whether she actually did or didn’t doesn’t matter as much as the fact that bathing in honey is great for your skin and body. To turn an average bath into an extraordinary one, add three tablespoons of honey to a cup of hot water and mix; then pour it into your bath. You can also add in two tablespoons of coconut oil and/or a few drops of essential oil, if you would like.
For an “exfoliating” bath (especially perfect after winter) – add two cups of honey to your bath, soak for 15 minutes and then add a cup of baking soda for a final 15 minutes. Your skin will be smoother than honey and looking “bee-autiful”.
Did you know that honey is an amazing face cleanser, moisturiser, and the perfect base for a hair mask? Here are some more beauty benefits:
Honey is a fabulous cleanser; it is potent although gentle – perfect for sensitive and acne prone skin. To use honey as a cleanser take a cotton pad and place it in warm water, gently squeeze excess water and then add a drop of honey on it and cleanse your face or problem area, with the honey pad. Alternatively, take a few drops of honey, warm it in-between your hands and spread it evenly over your face or the acne prone area; leave ten minutes and then rinse gently. Due to honey’s antimicrobial properties it has helped plenty of people get rid of stubborn blemishes and acne, without drying out their skin.
The antimicrobial properties coupled with the fact that honey is a natural humectant (“moisture preserver”), makes it the perfect base for moisturiser. To moisturise normal/dry skin, all you need is a tablespoon of raw honey, mixed with olive/coconut oil and a squeeze of lemon. To moisturise/treat skin with mild eczema – combine equal parts of cinnamon and honey, rub it on the affected area and voila!
And the final honey beauty “bee-nefit” mentioned in this post…
For silky smooth hair, with added shine – use honey as a base for a hair mask. After your shampoo and conditioner, use one teaspoon of raw honey with five cups of warm water; apply to your hair, then rinse thoroughly and style as usual.
With these 19 “bee-nefits” being only some of the amazing uses of raw honey, you will just have to get a jar of this awesomeness for you and your family to use.
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