Honey is nature’s finest work. It is one of the healthiest foods ever that provides a long list of health benefits. Here are some of the best uses of this amazing ingredient!
Medicinal properties of honey
Even though it has low water content in its natural state, when exposed to air, honey absorbs moisture. It is very beneficial for dry skin, by allowing it to better retain moisture. It accelerates the healing process as well.
Honey contains glucose oxidase, an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide. Due to its high content of glucose oxidase, it has such potent antibacterial and wound-healing properties. It can heal wounds and kill bacteria.
This ingredient is an excellent source of antioxidants that work against free radicals and encourage new tissue growth.
This will make your skin look younger and more radiant and help expedite healing of damaged tissue.
Honey is a nutritional powerhouse
Honey also contains glucose, fructose, and many minerals including magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, phosphate, potassium, manganese, and sodium chlorine.
It has vitamin B6, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, and amino acids. This ingredient also has a pH between 3.2 and 4.5. It is packed with antioxidants and it has the ability to prevent the growth of bacteria.
30 Ways to use honey
1. Wound cleaner
According to a study, honey can kill off bacteria and accelerate the healing process. You should apply it onto a minor burn or cut, making sure to cover the wound like an antibiotic ointment.
2. Diaper rash cream
It has been shown that Manuka honey can improve symptoms in the case of redness, itching, and inflammation. Just add equal parts of honey to your regular diaper cream and use every day.
3. Hair conditioner
Mix ½ cup honey with ¼ cup olive oil and warm slightly on the stove. Apply to your hair and wrap your hair in a towel. When it is soaked in, just rinse your hair with cool water.
4. Natural hair remover
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar. Warm slightly in the microwave and let it cool.
Then, you should use a popsicle stick to apply to facial hair. Place a small piece of muslin cloth over the area and rub slightly. Apply some tea tree oil to the area where you removed the hair.
5. Burn treatment
According to a study, patients with honey dressings healed in an average of 18.16 days, while those with the medicated bandages healed in 32.68 days. Honey dressings can improve healing time and make wounds sterile in a shorter time period.
Note: This treatment is only for minor burns, not serious ones!
6. Makeup remover
Mix baking soda and honey to prepare a paste. Add a few drops of tea tree oil and apply this mixture in a circular motion by using a warm washcloth. Rinse with warm water.
7. Bad breath
Mix ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon raw honey, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Gargle for 3 minutes then spit out. This will eliminate the bad breath and give you a fresh breath.
8. Face mask
Honey is very beneficial for acne, eczema, and rosacea, while coconut oil can relieve dry and irritated skin and reduce wrinkles.
Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of raw honey to prepare a paste. Apply it to your face and neck and let it stand for 20 minutes. Then, rinse it off with lukewarm water.
9. Strengthen nails
To treat weak and brittle nails, mix 1 tablespoon of honey with ¼ cup of ACV in a shallow dish. Soak your nails for 10 minutes then rinse. Repeat this procedure every week.
10. Relieve acid reflux
According to a study, many people found relief from reflux when they ingested five milliliters of honey. It has the ability to coat the lining of the esophagus and provide relief to the burning caused by acid reflux.
11. Balance blood sugar
Even though honey is sweet, it has a low glycemic index. It contains sugars that are slowly absorbed and metabolized.
Besides its sweetness, honey will not cause blood sugar levels to spike as high or fast as other foods high in sugar.
12. Natural cough syrup
Mix 1 cup of filtered water, ¼ cup fresh ginger root, ¼ cup marshmallow root, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 cup honey.
Pour the water into a saucepan and add the dried herbs. Bring it to a boil then simmer until the mixture is reduced by half.
To remove the herbs, pour through a cheesecloth or fine mesh. Mix in the lemon juice and honey while the liquid is still warm. Stir well. You should store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge.
13. Dark circle remover
Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and apply the mixture under the eyes. Let it act for 20 minutes then wash it off and apply a light layer of organic coconut oil. Repeat this procedure a few times a week.
14. Lip moisturizer
Honey can heal and prevent chapped lips. Just mix 3 parts olive oil and one part of warm, recently-melted beeswax. Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey.
15. Healthy sports drink
Mix ¼ cup fresh lime juice, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, 2 cups water, 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt and 2 tablespoons of raw honey in a Vitamix and blend until the honey dissolves.
This healthy sport drink is much better than the commercial ones that contain sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.
16. Improves healthy gut bacteria
Raw honey has the ability to feed good gut bacteria and fight off bad bacteria. Good bacteria are of utmost importance for overall health and wellness.
17. Relieve morning sickness
Honey can relieve morning sickness for pregnant mothers. To calm a pregnant mother’s tummy, prepare a warm tea made with honey and ginger.
Use one part honey to ten parts water and cover your berries in the mixture!
19. Weight-loss aid
If you want to lose some weight, replace your sugar with honey immediately! Honey can boost your metabolism and increase your energy levels. Keep in mind, all in moderation.
To obtain best results, you should exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. For an added boost, mix half a teaspoon of organic ground cinnamon in a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes then add 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Enjoy!
20. Infections in the mouth
According to researchers in India, manuka honey can provide the same results as commercial mouthwash for reducing plaque levels.
This honey has potent antibacterial properties and can reduce gingivitis and keep your mouth healthy and free from dangerous bacteria.
21. Treat insect bites
To prepare a natural antiseptic solution, mix some lemon juice with honey. Honey contains natural sugar that can kill the microorganisms, while lemon can prevent the spread of bacteria. This solution can also reduce itchiness and the swelling related to insect bites.
To obtain the maximum results, you should squeeze the juice of one lemon into 2 tablespoons of raw honey and apply on the affected area. Let it stand until the swelling goes down.
22. Fix fertility issues
Raw honey is also very beneficial for fertility problems. It can be mixed with raw goat milk to increase sperm counts in men. It can increase chances of successful fertilization in women as well.
23. Mix up caramel sauce
Everyone loves a sweet treat from time to time, right? You can prepare a healthy caramel sauce that uses honey. Try it, and you will see how tasty it is!
24. Reduce the appearance of scars
A mixture of baking soda and honey can reduce the appearance of scars. You should mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of honey and apply the paste to a scar.
Let it act for 30 minutes then rinse with cool water and pat dry. Repeat this procedure until scars begin to fade.
25. Treat yeast infections
It has been shown that applying raw honey in and around the vagina can eliminate yeast infections. You should apply the honey, let it stand for 30 minutes, then wash it off.
26. Stockpile for emergency
Honey provides the perfect balance of fructose and glucose for energy, along with many other vitamins and enzymes. Moreover, this food never spoils. Honey has been found even in ancient Egyptian tombs.
27. Soften skin
Honey is very beneficial for your hair and skin. It will make your skin clean and soft. You should add 2 tablespoons of honey to a cup of hot water. Let it dissolve then add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil. Pour the mixture into your bath.
28. Whip up healthy peanut butter
Those who love peanut butter but hate sugar, can use a delicious peanut butter, with a healthy dose of honey that offers natural sweetness.
29. Combat parasites
Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of honey and add it in a glass of water and drink it immediately!
30. Relieve a hangover
Due to its antioxidant properties, honey can neutralize the toxins created by alcohol. It contains fructose that is especially help the body break down alcohol into harmless byproducts.
31. Treat antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Antibiotic resistance is, according to the CDC, a leading world health problem. Doctors first began to notice resistance problems almost a decade ago, when kids with middle-ear infections stopped responding to the drugs they were being given.
Phenols found in manuka honey inhibit bacterial growth and promote healing. These antioxidants are not like synthetic antibiotics that promote the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Clearly raw honey is an impressive antimicrobial agent against a broad spectrum of bacteria and other infectious organisms.
32. Create a simple energy boost
If you start to feel a little lethargic towards the end of your day, a tablespoon of raw honey is just what you need. According to the American College of Nutrition, honey (unlike sugar) provides a nutritious carbohydrate that the body can use for immediate energy. When you are feeling low, take a teaspoon in a cup of warm water mixed with lemon or a scoop right from the jar!
33. Make salad dressing
Ditch commercial salad dressing and try this delicious and healthy option instead. Combine equal parts raw honey, balsamic vinegar and olive oil into a jar and shake lightly. Add herbs, pepper and sea salt to taste.
34. Treat allergies
Research contends that locally produced honey helps greatly with seasonal allergies. Try adding a tablespoon of local honey (produced during the season you have your allergy problem) to a tea made with nettle leaf for extra allergy relief benefits.
35. Topical antibiotic
Raw organic honey has been used as an antibiotic and topical treatment for abrasions and cuts for hundreds of years. For people with diabetic ulcers, it can be an effective treatment when many other topical treatments are unsuccessful.
36. Homemade dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is a delicious and healthy treat, in moderation. Make your own using honey (much better than sugar). Visit this site for an amazingly good recipe for some delicious little treats.
37. Protects against gastric lesions
Research shows that honey can prevent lesions caused by alcohol, NSAID painkillers and aspirin. If you take NSAID painkillers or aspirin, include a teaspoon or two of honey in your diet daily.