Home Remedies Using Honey

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From treating medical conditions to cooking up antibacterial concoctions, honey has been used in a multitude of ways. For the past 2,500 years, the abilities of this miracle substance have only continued to grow. You’d be surprised at just how many home remedies for honey there are that you’ve never even heard of.

Benefits of Honey

The endless possibilities of honey are found both inside and outside of the kitchen. It’s not just something you can sweeten your food with as a substitution for sugar. Honey can also be used for:

• Skin Care: From treating acne to smoothing out skin dryness, honey is used as a skin care ingredient in many beauty products and home remedies.

• Wound Management: The benefits of honey can promote autolytic debridement, combat deodorous wounds with foul smells, fight bacteria, stimulate tissues, and speed up the healing process.

Weight Loss: Although honey has more calories than sugar, when consumed with warm water, it can help your body digest stored fat. You can also combine honey with other common products to create weight loss tonics.

• Energy: The 64 calories contained in one tablespoon of honey can be used as an energy source that is easily converted into glucose by even the most sensitive of stomachs.

• Athletic Supplement: Because honey is involved with maintaining blood sugar levels, aiding muscle recuperation and restoring glycogen levels after a workout, it can be used as an aid to boost the performance of athletes.

• Vitamins, Antioxidant, and Minerals: Honey is full of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, iron, and vitamin C. The nutraceuticals found in honey are also effective in eliminating free radicals from the body, which helps improve the immune system. Choose darker honey over lighter options because they offer higher concentrations of antioxidants [1].

Honey Home Remedies

Honey offers a wealth of benefits that can be used both topically (on the skin) and orally (taken by mouth). To discover a healthier way of treating your mind, body and other medical concerns, consider some of the following home remedies for honey:

a) Shiny Hair:

To create hair with a healthy shine, mix one teaspoon of honey and four cups of warm water together. After shampooing your hair, thoroughly saturate with the honey mixture. Dry your hair normally, but do not rinse out the honey remedy.

b) Hair Conditioner:

You can use honey to condition your hair by mixing together ½ cup honey and 2 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Massage the remedy into your hair until it is evenly distributed. Cover your head with a shower cap to let the treatment set. Leave on for 30 minutes, and then wash out with shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. If you have oily hair, use only two tablespoons of olive oil.

c) Stay Healthy Cocktail:

From easing indigestion to preventing gout, you can create a healthy cocktail out of one to two teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and honey added to eight ounces of cold water. Beginners should use one teaspoon of the vinegar and honey to start out with, and then gradually increase to two.

d) Moisturize Your Skin:

The antibacterial properties of honey make an effective moisturizer for the skin hydration. Apply a thin layer across the face to moisturize. To maximize the results, create a honey-buttermilk mask by applying a layer of buttermilk over the honey [2]. After 20 minutes, rinse off the mask and follow up by rubbing olive oil into the skin.

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e) Honey and Lemon Juice:

Add honey and lemon juice to a glass of warm water to create a solution for weight loss. The two ingredients work together to reduce weight – especially when consumed early in the morning.

f) Honey and Cinnamon:

The combination of one tablespoon each of honey and cinnamon powder can be used as a weight loss tonic when added to one cup of warm water [3]. Drink this concoction while on an empty stomach.

g) Smooth Out Skin:

Combine milk and honey to create a soothing topical remedy for smoothing out the skin. This is why some cultures drink a honey and milk mixture first thing in the morning.

h) Aid in Digestion:

Eat a tablespoon of honey after eating dinner to promote digestion.

i) Disinfect Wounds:

Apply a thin coat of honey to minor skin scrapes and abrasions to speed up the recovery time. The honey actually draws out excess water from the tissues to reduce swelling.

j) Soothe Lips:

Rub in a small amount of honey on your lips to ease the symptoms of chapped lips.

k) Address Insomnia:

To prepare the body and mind for a restful night, consider relaxing in a honey bath. Put two ounces of honey in a glass and add five drops of lavender essential oil. To ease the symptoms of insomnia, add one to two tablespoons of the mixture to your bathwater. You can store leftover honey-lavender in a covered glass jar.

l) Reduce Hay Fever:

Lessen the intensity of hay fever symptoms by taking a tablespoon of honey in the morning. For the best results, use honey that has been locally grown because it contains some of the same pollen that will later trigger your symptoms. You can also chew on honeycomb to ease the symptoms of a severe hay fever attack.

m) Treat Coughs and Wheezing:

When a cold has you coughing and wheezing, create a mixture of one teaspoon of freshly chopped thyme and a bit of honey. Ingest to fight these common cold symptoms.

n) Fight a Congested Cough:

When cough and congestion have you down, add a little lemon juice to honey that is slightly warmed in the microwave before consuming.

o) Treat Bedwetting:

It is said that you can help a child suffering from in-the-middle-of-the-night bedwetting by giving them a teaspoon of honey to promote water retention, which also calms any fears they may develop in the nighttime.

p) A Sleep Aid:

Add a small amount of honey to a cup of hot milk, which creates a mild sedative that assists an individual in catching a few zzz’s.

q) Clear Nasal Congestion:

Add one to two teaspoons of honey to a basin filled with hot water. Bend over the water with a large towel while covering your head. Inhale the steam to help clear nasal congestion.

r) Treat Inflamed Joints:

Combine equal parts of honey and apple cider vinegar to drink for a homemade joint inflammation treatment.

s) Cool Your Throat:

After eating food that irritates your throat, you can ease the aftereffects by consuming a teaspoon of honey in order to calm the tissues in your sore throat.

t) Kickstart Your Energy:

For an instant pick-me-up, eat a spoonful of honey, which helps give you a boost in energy.

u) Fight Osteoporosis:

The components in one teaspoon of honey taken daily can help utilize calcium absorption and prevent osteoporosis.

v) Healthy Heart:

The natural fructose and glucose in honey makes a good substitute for white sugar that is beneficial for heart patients.

w) Asthma Helper:

Chew on honeycomb for 20 minutes to strengthen the immune system if you suffer from asthma. Repeat this home remedy five to six times per day.

x) A Long Life:

Regular consumption of honey is thought to lengthen your life. Interestingly, studies have shown that beekeepers belong to a working group that develops fewer cases of cancer and arthritis across the world.

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y) Relieve Tension:

Add honey to bathwater to create a soothing soak that encourages relaxation and relieves tension.

z) Treat Stomach Ulcers:

Research suggests that honey fights the H. pylori bacterium known to cause gastric ulcers. Reports state that within three days, the growth of bacterium colonies will stop with the honey consumption.

aa) Heal Burns:

A lot of research has been done on the effects of honey on the healing of skin burns. It is said that the majority of people treated with honey coated dressings on burns recovered in 15 days.

bb) Stop Pounding Headaches:

If you suffer from frequent migraine headaches, try sipping on a ½ glass of warm water with a couple of added teaspoons of honey. Allow the honey to dissolve before consuming. Drink another serving after 20 minutes has passed, if needed. This remedy produces the best results when a migraine is associated with stress.

cc) Treat Pink Eye:

Dissolve an equal amount of honey in a cup of warm water to create a healing lotion or eyebath for conjunctivitis (better known as pink eye). This remedy helps to fight crusty, irritated eyes.

dd) Preserve Food:

When baking a cake, replace the sugar with honey to make the dessert last longer. The natural antibiotics in the honey help retain moisture[2].

Resources

[1] http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/benefits-of-honey-in-weight-loss.html

[2] http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2011/10/honey-compound-natural-preservative

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