Humans have used honey as a remedy since the earliest times--over 5,000 years!
From Ayurvedic practitioners in early India to the ancient people of Egypt, China, and Rome, healers have long extolled the benefits of this golden nectar.
Those ancient healers used it to heal wounds, shorten the severity of fevers or illnesses, and used it in other healing rituals. While it’s unlikely that they knew the precise science of why it aided in healing, they were definitely onto something.
Take a peek at the three top benefits of incorporating honey into your life.
Antibacterial vs. Antimicrobial Benefits
Honey offers usefulness in healing because it provides you both antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits. What does that mean?
The term antibacterial means that a product either diminishes the growth of or kills bacteria. In doing this, it prevents the spread of germs and subsequent bacteria-borne illnesses.
Antimicrobial is similar to antibacterial. However, it thwarts the progression of more than bacteria. In fact, it kills additional organisms like mildews, molds, viruses.
These two terms, antibacterial and antimicrobial, therefore, are not interchangeable!
This golden goodness is also full of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are necessary for your body. This necessity is because they help you in the battle against free radicals that wage war against you. These free radicals stem from many environmental sources around you, including the following:
Pesticides and household cleaners
They damage your body by attaching to your healthy cells and beginning a process called oxidative stress. In essence, they feed on your cells and leave them weakened.
However, antioxidants help to shore up your cells so your body will be better able to defend against these attacks.
Natural Sweetener Product
Consider honey to be nature’s own sweetener. It contains glucose, sucrose, and monosaccharides that can energize you. And, it’s a safer source of these essential sugars than cane sugar products.
Because of its natural goodness, it makes medicines and treatments less bitter a pill to swallow (pardon the pun).
As with all sugars, use your judgment and practice balance and moderation!
Now that we’ve discussed the three top benefits of honey--and explained why it’s so useful. So, let’s look at three top reasons that make this product beneficial for healing, let’s look at some home remedies.
5 At Home Remedies
People today are looking more frequently at ways to avoid prescription medications. Returning to natural healing sources is one way to do that.
This shift in preference really comes as no surprise. Think of it In light of the prescription drug abuse epidemics, fears of side effects, and the prohibitive costs of prescriptions. Why not try a natural at-home remedy in some non-life-threatening situations?
1 - Ginger Honey for Stomach Pain
Whether you have indigestion or a tummy bug, you want to feel better fast! This home remedy combines the potency of ginger and honey to help you get your minor stomach pain cured.
One cup of raw, organic honey
Tablespoon of ginger root, finely minced
Place the ingredients on your stove top in a small saucepan, and cook them over low heat. Stir constantly, so the sugars don’t burn! Cook for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into a pint jar, straining out the ginger with cheesecloth. Cap and store until you need it.
Take 1 tablespoon for indigestion or to relieve stomach pain, as needed.
2 - Green Tea Honey for Sore Throat
Sore throat from a minor cold, allergies, or sinus infection? This green tea recipe will provide you with temporary relief from your symptoms. This tea helps you get some rest as your body heals.
One Green tea bags (decaf or regular--whichever one you prefer)
Loose-leaf green tea
1 tsp of raw, organic honey
Brew your green tea according to your liking. Stir in a generous teaspoon or more of organic honey, until the honey dissolves. Sip the tea over a 10 minute period, stirring occasionally as you enjoy.
The calming effect on your sore throat as the warmth penetrates is immediate. However, you might need to repeat this every few hours for maximum impact.
3 - Fast Hiccup Cure
Hiccups are annoying, and when you get them, you want a fast fix. Here’s a quick, natural way to banish them right away. This remedy impacts the vagus nerve, which triggers those hiccups and helps it relax.
¼ cup of warm water
1 ½ tsp of organic raw honey
Dissolve the honey in the warm water. Down the mixture all at once, providing a sugary coating to calm the vagus nerve so the hiccups will stop. As you drink the mixture, try to take and hold it at the back of your mouth as you swallow to deliver more of the syrup to that nerve.
4 - Burn Dressing
When you get a minor burn in the kitchen, reach for the pantry for the remedy.
Cool the minor burn by running it in cold water. After you’ve cooled the temperature of the skin, wash your hands in antibacterial soap. Apply honey to the wound in a thin coating. Cover with gauze and change dressing as needed.
5 - Honey and Baking Soda Acne Scrub
Suffer from embarrassing pimples? This scrub can help minimize the time it takes for your flare-up to calm down. And, the antibacterial properties assist in the prevention of future breakouts by treating bacteria hiding in your skin.
One tablespoon of baking soda
Two tablespoons of organic honey
Use a clean, small bowl to mix the two ingredients. They will have a sticky but granular texture. Scrub your face gently; overly scrubbing can cause irritation. Rinse clean with very warm water and remove all traces of the honey. This leaves your face soft and clean, but not dried out.
Treat your face to this scrub every other day to begin to see improvement.
Final Thoughts on At Home Remedies
Combining the proven benefits of honey with household staples means that you can make at home remedies that are healthy alternatives. And, they will be more budget-friendly than prescription medications.
Dr. CHRISTIAN-JEVON BRAMWELL MD
Christian Bramwell, MD uses his own weight loss story as teaching for people struggling with their own weight through blogging, teaching, and writing. His mission in life is to promote health and education, that is why he has chosen to be a family physician and found his own nonprofit Project RAK based on education and empowerment.
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