Honey is used as a holistic health remedy because it has healing properties for the whole body.
Clostridium botulinum spores easily contaminate honey through contact with dust or dirt.
With that in mind, here are nine ways honey can help you and your children:
1. It’s Good for Hangovers
Had a wild night and now regretting it? Have some honey. It’s gentle on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars that speed up your liver’s ability to get rid of the alcohol, sobering you up faster.
Here’s how to make your hangover remedy: Mix three-and-a-half teaspoons of honey with two-and-a-half ounces of yogurt and place the mixture in about three ounces of orange juice.
2. It Can Treat Dandruff
Although temporary, honey can help provide relief from dandruff. A 2001 study reported that diluting honey with 10 percent warm water and leaving it on for three hours can alleviate itching and scaling within a week’s time. Within two weeks, participants experienced skin lesions healing and a decrease in hair loss. Even after six months of use, the effects continued.
3. A Natural Cough Suppressant
When trying to treat a pesky cough and cold, honey should be your go-to remedy. Just two teaspoons of honey can rid you of a persistent cough by coating your throat. Due to its think consistency and sweet taste, it triggers nerve endings that can provide relief from incessant coughing.
4. It Fights Allergies
Honey’s anti-inflammatory properties help soothe coughs and seasonal allergy symptoms. Although there’s no scientific study to prove this, many health officials believe it acts like a natural vaccine. It contains trace amounts of pollen, which may desensitize your immune system and keep it from overreacting to environmental pollen.
5. Honey Is a Natural Energy Drink
In one tablespoon of honey there are 17 grams of carbohydrates, making it an excellent source of natural energy. The glucose and fructose sugars in honey enter your bloodstream directly and provide a quick boost of energy. It’s ideal for workouts, especially long endurance sessions because the spike in blood sugar acts as a natural energy boost.
6. Honey Is Good for the Brain
Honey is full of antioxidants which help prevent cellular damage in the brain. It also helps prevent hormone-related memory decline. Honey has the ability to help the body absorb calcium, which your brain uses to make important chemicals that affect your mood and learning.
7. Honey Helps You Sleep
If you’re having a sleepless night, take a tablespoon of honey. Just like sugar, honey can raise insulin and serotonin levels. Your body converts serotonin into melatonin, which regulates the quality and length of sleep.
8. Honey Can Treat Wounds and Burns Too
Being a natural antibiotic, honey kills harmful pathogens inside your body when you eat it. If you apply it topically, it can also disinfect sores and wounds on your skin.
9. Honey Can Fight Cancer!
There’s cumulative evidence showing that honey can help fight tumors. Experts believe honey’s many phenolic and flavonoid compounds inhibit tumors from spreading and growing.
Honey is overall healthy — a tablespoon of honey is fat-free, low-calorie (64 calories), sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. Honey has been used as a holistic remedy for over 2,000 years. Chances are it’s guaranteed to provide you relief from many health problems. Try it out the next time you’re stuck in bed with an annoying cough.