The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed, raw honey may be an excellent addition to your diet – the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it. How can we put the best the bees give us to good use? Here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:
1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.
2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.
3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.
4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.
5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.
6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.
7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.
8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.
9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.
10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.
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