Let’s talk briefly about today’s state of affairs when it comes to people’s health in general. In a word – alarming! More than any other time in recorded human history, the number of people with diabetes and other metabolic diseases are increasing. Processed foods, along with heavy consumption of sugar and high fructose corn syrup, play a huge role in all of this. To regain their health, people are looking for natural alternatives to sugar that taste good and are not harmful. Honey remedies have proven to be a sweet solution.
If you haven’t explored its many uses, perhaps the following list will give you some ideas of how easy and economical it is to incorporate into your life.
As you check out these incredible honey remedies, keep in mind that this list is not medical advice or recommendation. Everyone is different and react differently to remedies, so do your own research. I do believe, though, that you will be impressed with honey’s incredible versatility.
Honey has been actually proven to be just as effective as many prescription or over-the-counter medicine (in many cases).
We still don’t know everything there is to know about honey. I do believe as the years go by and as people look for more natural remedies, science will finally catch up and prove what our ancestors have known all along about the curative powers of honey.
So, let’s explore this “sweet” list of honey remedies, shall we?
Honey is antifungal and antibacterial, so it fights off bacteria that causes acne. Honey also cleans up and heals any acne pimples due to its antiseptic properties. And if that wasn’t enough, honey has anti-inflammatory properties. This helps to eliminate any pain, swelling or redness associated with acne. Because honey releases small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, over time, it will lessen any pigmentation of the skin.
A simple solution is to use honey in place of your facial cleanser. Also, a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and one teaspoon honey applied to wet clean skin helps with active acne pimples.
Anemia is not a disease but a symptom of a deficiency in your body. There are many reasons for anemia. I suffered from iron deficiency anemia for years, so I know wha a devastating effect it can have on the quality of life. Often iron supplements are prescribed to help with iron deficient anemia. These supplements can have serious side effects; in fact, I couldn’t tolerate them.
This sweet liquid was a life saver for me because I regained energy. And no wonder because honey contains essential minerals that aid in hemoglobin production – copper, iron, and manganese. When honey is taken daily, anemia sufferers have noticed their energy levels increase significantly.
A refreshing smoothie consisting of honey (choose the darker variety, such as buckwheat), fresh raw veggies including beets, and nettles is a powerful tonic to help with anemia.
Boils develop when fungus or bacteria gets under a hair follicle and enters your skin. They resemble pimples but can get really large as they go deeper into the skin.
How does honey help? It works in a number of ways to get rid of the bacteria. First, honey is very acidic, so bacteria cannot survive in it.
Secondly, the high sugar content of honey draws fluid out of the bacteria, causing them to dehydrate and die.
Thirdly, when honey comes in contact with moisture in the skin, it will release hydrogen peroxide. This action will allow the antiseptic quality of the honey to get deep in the boil to clean up and sanitize the area, thereby facilitating faster healing.
Apply manuka honey on the affected area.
Honey can be very effective for treating burns because it is a natural antibiotic. It is soothing, antiseptic, and healing. Research shows that burns treated with honey heal twice as quickly as those using traditional methods. Honey inhibits fungus and bacteria growth. Manuka honey is medicinal honey and is excellent for this application.
For burns, take a sterilized gauze and spread one tablespoon of honey over the middle surface. Apply this dressing to the burn and secure it. Change once a day. Of course, for serious burns or other unique problems, seek medical attention.
In 350 BC, Aristotle wrote that “White honey is a good slave for sore eyes.” In parts of India, lotus honey is used for eye diseases even today. You can even find commercial eyedrops containing honey in parts of Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela.
Why is honey good for the eyes? This ingredient has properties that allow it to penetrate to the eye lens. Antioxidants and osmotic properties of honey could also be a factor.
Place one drop of honey in each night before bed, then wash the eyes in the morning. It may sting a little when first applied, but the pain should lessen quickly. Of course, a diagnosis and advice should be made by a specialist for any eye problems.
Raw honey acts as a lubricant and bowel stimulator. Why? First of all, honey attracts moisture to the area. And it contains small amounts of wax left behind by the bees. These two factors make it a good remedy for constipation because the fecal matter needs to be moist and soft to pass through the digestive system.
Take one or two teaspoons of honey diluted in warm water containing apple cider vinegar and mix well. Drink in the morning before breakfast and before bedtime. You can also simply consume three teaspoons of honey taken throughout the day for similar results.
7. Coughs and Respiratory Ailments
Science has proven that honey, in many cases, works better than over-the-counter cough medicines. Honey is antibacterial, and because it is thick and sticky, it will coat and soothe the throat.
Simply eat a tablespoon or two of honey (preferably dark honey such as buckwheat) during the day. If your coughing intensifies at night, consume a spoon full before bedtime. Kids can also benefit from this remedy. Just reduce the amount of honey, and remember – no honey for children under a year old.
8. Dental Care
I’m sure you were told to avoid sugary substances to prevent cavities. So it may sound strange that honey can benefit the teeth and gums. But keep in mind that honey is no ordinary “sugar”. It is a healing sugar and should not be compared to any other kind.
Honey goes after the bad bacteria with a vengeance. It releases hydrogen peroxide which further adds a layer of protection and reduces plaque on the teeth.
To make a healthy mouth rinse, simply mix 1/2 cup of warm water with one teaspoon of honey. Use this sweet rinse after you brush your teeth or anytime you need a quick freshener. A bonus is that honey kills the strep bacteria, so this is a good mouth rinse when you are fighting a cold and want to prevent throat infections.
9. Hair Loss
Losing your hair is pretty scary and can seem like a helpless situation. There are many reasons why we lose hair, but what can you do? First of all, try not to stress out because that will make matters worse. Try to find the reason for the hair loss. Once you know the reason(s), you can take steps to eliminate the problem.
This remedy is very effective but it doesn’t smell very good. If you can get past the smell, you will love the results. Take an onion or two and put them through a blender to obtain about 1/2 cup of juice. Why onions? They contain sulfur, and sulfur gives your hair its elasticity and strength.
Add a tablespoon of honey to the mixture and combine. Honey offers moisturizing properties and pumps the hair follicles with antioxidants. Put this mixture on your scalp and leave it on for about 30 minutes and then wash your hair. Do this at least once a week.
Won’t try the onion remedy? Can’t blame you! 🙂 Here’s another one.
Combine a couple of drops (and not too many because this stuff is potent) of rosemary essential oil with one tablespoon of honey and mix well. Add this mixture to a cup of warm water and apply to your scalp. You can use a spray bottle for better control if you wish. Rosemary is excellent for stimulating new hair growth. Do this a couple of times per week. You can even add a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil to your favorite shampoo. Remember to never put undiluted essential oils directly onto the skin.
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx or voice box. You may not be able to speak for a time, which may be something that your significant other might not mind! Irritation, infection, or even straining your voice can all cause laryngitis.
A simple solution is to mix a teaspoon of honey with a pinch of cinnamon and put this concoction on a spoon and suck on it like a lollipop. Let the mixture coat your throat, and do this about two or three times per day until you get relief. Many singers use this honey remedy to prevent laryngitis.
Honey has been used effectively as a medicine since ancient times, and it is making a comeback due, in part, to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria from overuse of antibiotics.
Honey has been actually proven to be just as effective, in many cases, as many prescription medicines.
Below are many of the conditions that honey can treat effectively.
Acne, boils, anemia, burns, constipation, dental care, hair loss, laryngitis, coughs, and respiratory ailments.
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What about you? Do you have a honey remedy you can share?
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