The benefits of honey are just beginning to be discovered. The worlds population has long known that this liquid gold held some powerful secrets. We have used honey as a fruit preservative, to sweeten wines and foods, for beautification of the skin, for herbal medicinal purposes and it has even been used as currency.
Scientist are unlocking the secret powers of this "Liquid Gold" and finding that it has a wealth of applications far beyond what we have imagined.
The Benefits of Honey for Medicinal Purposes.
Honey can cure ulcers. It naturally kills H-Pylori in our body. It has low water content so it is a low bacteria food.
Honey just may be one of the most powerful substances in your pantry and it has the ability to last almost indefinitely if kept in a cool dark place.
Honey Nutrition: Need an energy boost? Athletes are realizing more and more the benefits of honey vs sugar or high fructose corn syrup to get that boost of energy they need for intense training. Honey is power packed with 18 amino acids, plus small amounts of many
vitamins and minerals. It is a natural antibiotic.
Sleep Challenged: Many people are finding honey to be a wonderful alternative to over the counter sleep aides. A spoonful of honey before bed allows your body to increase insulin production slightly which in turns allows tryptophan to enter your brain and relax your body.
Antibacterial Properties: Used as a topical ointment honey acts a natural antibiotic and prevents against infection and offers protection for a cut or scrape. Cover the wounded area with honey and then bandage. It is that simple.
Fewer allergies: Bees carry pollen to and from their hives. Some of the pollen becomes part of the honey. Ingesting a high-quality raw local honey for two months before allergy season can actually lessen your allergies by allowing your body to become accustomed to the pollen and immunize your body against it.
Next time you have a sore throat and remember your mother suggesting a spoonful of honey... maybe you should give it a try. Honey can actually cure MURSA. You have to be careful using it with children because it can have some botulism in it.
Honey is being studied as a potential use for treating diabetes.
Laxative: Honey is one of the most gentle laxatives that you can use to keep your colon clean and moving.
The benefits of honey as a beauty aide
Face Mask: Honey has been used for years to make a face mask to moisturize the skin. You use 2 parts honey to 1 parts clay and mix them together. The clay draws out the toxins and impurities stuck in the skin while the honey seals in the moisture. It is important that you use RAW honey. Cooked honey has been robbed of many of the nutrients and healthful benefits.
Moisturizing skin: A favorite benefit of honey for the beauty industry is the glowing and healthy appearance it gives your skin. Honey naturally attracts water and helps with retention of moisture in your hair and skin. Some people will add it to their bath water, others use it in milk as a facial moisturizer.
Want an excellent exfoliator? Just add sea salt or crushed oats to the honey and rub it on your body. Honey and olive oil make a wonderful hair treatment. It can be shampooed in and rinsed or let stand under the dryer for five minutes and then rinse for soft luscious hair.
Of course it goes without saying one of the benefits of honey that makes it so popular is its wonderful flavor and ability to sweeten foods. So not only is it a natural healthy sweeter that aides in beauty but it tastes great too!