Honey has been used by human beings for as long as one can remember. It has been used all through history in a number of ways, from medicine to wound healing to beautification.
The many health benefits associated to the use of honey are specific to pure, raw honey straight from the comb.
The reason is that the honey needs to be pasteurized to improve its color, increase shelf life, kill unwanted yeast etc. but in doing so, many of the essential nutrients get removed too.
So it is better to consume it in its purest form, but a packaged one can be used as well.
Made by bees that pollinate the Manuka Bush, Manuka honey is an effective wound healer because of its ability to kill germs and regenerate tissues.
Moreover, it reduces the healing time and limits infections to a minimum. But a word of caution though, do not use honey directly on cuts and wounds, and instead go for the pre-inspected and sterile one available in hospitals and pharmacies.
If you don’t like to rely on medicine to cure the seasonal sore throats, you can always eat a spoonful of raw honey.
If the taste seems too sweet and overpowering, you can mix it with some lemon juice and/or add it into your hot tea or water.
Honey has the ability to kill unwanted bacteria and fungi because it contains a natural antiseptic, Hydrogen Peroxide.
Honey is also a rich source of antioxidants such as organic acids and flavonoids. Antioxidants can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and some kinds of cancers.
Apart from its antibacterial and antioxidant properties, honey also possesses the ability to moisturize and soothe the skin, overall creating a nice healthy, youthful glow.
Because of its antibacterial properties, it wards off bacteria from your skin and hence treats and prevents acne effectively and with the help of antioxidants, slows down the aging process.
Honey can be applied directly onto the skin or mixed with other beneficial natural ingredients to make a DIY face mask.
Honey mixed with cinnamon is a great combination to shred a few inches off your waist.
There are a number of ways this combination can be incorporated into your diet. You can either mix it with warm water and drink it the first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, use it as a topping for cereal or eat it as it is.
Honey has almost magical powers when it comes to getting better, healthier hair.
Because it is an emollient, it seals in the moisture and prevents hair breakage, overall reducing the appearance of rough looking, damaged hair.
Due to its antibacterial, antiseptic properties, it prevents scalp infections and on top of all that, it not only boosts hair growth but also enables re-growth from dormant follicles.
Honey is able to reduce wrinkles around the eyes because it can lock in the moisture and add softness to the top layer of skin.
When mixed with coconut oil, jojoba oil or saline water, it can be applied around the eyes to tighten the skin or used directly on the eyelashes to boost their growth.