Honey is a delicious all-natural sweetener but what many people don’t realize is that many forms of honey also have therapeutic qualities.
Honey has been referred to as the “nectar of the gods.” It contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, antioxidants, enzymes and a variety of minerals and vitamins. Honey’s glycemic load is relatively low – around 10 for 1 Tablespoon.
Note that not all honey is created equal. Most commercial honey is pasteurized and heated at high temperatures destroying many of its beneficial qualities. For this reason, if you’re looking to use honey as a home remedy it is best to choose raw honey.
Manuka honey is a great choice to have on hand in your home for home remedies. Manuka honey is from New Zealand and has been used for ages as an antibiotic.
Below are 14 ways to use honey as a home remedy.
1. Sore Throat Relief
You can use raw honey to treat sore throat symptoms. Mix honey with lemon essential oil and swallow. This compound will speed up the recovery process by killing germs and soothing the throat.
You can use raw honey as a shampoo to clean your hair. Simply use it in the same manner that you would use shampoo. Honey can provide the cleaning benefit to your hair without the harsh effects that shampoo often causes.
3. Better Digestion
Honey is a great remedy for digestion issues and since it doesn’t ferment in the stomach it does a great job to actually counteract indigestion. Because of that, it delivers great results fast and with complete efficiency.
4. Lowers Cholesterol
Honey has been show to reduce the overall amount of cholesterol in your body. Google it for more information.
5. Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections can be painful and uncomfortable. Honey contains antibacterial properties that can be helpful in treating UTIs and alleviating symptoms.
6. Heal Wounds
If you want to recover after a cut or scrape, without having to purchase any expensive medication, try to use raw honey topically. This will speed up the healing time and also act as a natural antibacterial.
To moisturize skin, combine honey with a squeeze of lemon and some olive oil in order to create a hydrating lotion.
8. Eczema Relief
To treat mild eczema combine equal parts of cinnamon and honey in order to create a mix that will then be used to alleviate your eczema and for some people alleviate it completely.
9. Aids in Weight Loss
Honey can also be great for people focusing on weight loss. Integrating honey into your diet has been shown to be a better sweetener with less of an impact on blood sugar than table sugar or agave nectar.
10. Reduce Seasonal Allergies
If you deal with allergies, try eating some locally sourced, fresh raw honey regularly and see if this helps. There are natural properties in the honey that aid in reducing seasonal allergies.
11. Sleep Issues
Honey contains properties that can aid in sleep. Add to a warm (not hot) tea, milk or water to increase melatonin at night helping you sleep better.
Raw honey has natural pre-biotics that can help in promoting good bacteria in the intestines.
13. Better Circulation
One of the most awesome benefits of honey comes from the fact that it aids in circulation improving the overall blood flow within your body.
14. Skin Exfoliator
Honey is a great home remedy for exfoliation as well. If you want to exfoliate your skin during the winter then you just need to add two cups of honey to your bath, soak in for 15 minutes then add 1 to 1 and a 1/2 cups of baking soda and spend 15 more minutes in the bath tub.