Honey has often been referred to as liquid gold. It has been used since the time of the Egyptians as a sweetener in their meals and as a healing agent. The ancients were very well aware of the medicinal properties of honey, and it was used both in the kitchen as well as the apothecaries.
As a sweetener, honey is healthier than refined white sugar as one spoonful contains not just carbohydrates, but vitamins , minerals and essential amino acids . It is also free of fats, cholesterol and sodium which is suitable for those with high blood pressure.
Honey’s anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties are the main reasons it has been used throughout history to cure various wounds and illnesses. Here are some of the ways that honey can benefit your health.
Healing Wounds and Burns
Instead of relying on antiseptic creams that contain artificial antibacterial chemicals, you can try to rub a little honey on your cuts or burns as honey not only has antibacterial properties , it also soothes the wounded area. Studies have shown that honey is as effective as antiseptic creams, if not better.
Suppression of Allergies
Honey is able to improve the symptoms of allergies by improving itchy or sore throats and stuffy noses. Apart from that it also helps the body acclimatize to allergens when it is consumed daily. If you’re trying to build up immunity to allergens during pollen season, try to consume honey several months before pollen season begins. People who have tried this method report less severe allergy symptoms, less anti-histamine use and more asymptomatic days.
One spoonful of honey has about 69 calories and 17g of carbohydrates, and is an excellent remedy for those who suffer from low blood sugar. It is also useful for those who practice morning exercise on an empty stomach as honey releases energy slowly over a period of time, rather than all at once.
In cases whereby your dandruff is caused by a fungus, rubbing honey onto your scalp will help reduce the skin flaking and itchiness. Leave the honey on your scalp for several minutes before washing it off and shampooing it as usual.
Honey is able to coat the irritable areas of your throat by lubricating it and reducing that uncomfortable and painful feeling in your throat. Apart from eating a spoonful of honey, you can also dilute some in warm water and add lemons or limes for the extra vitamins.
You’d be happy to know that Yummi House is having a sale on their durian tree honey. Also, do check out your favourite local stores and supermarkets such as Tesco, Aeon BIG and Giant for discounts and FREE delivery on groceries (honey included).