Honey is one of those amazing gifts of nature (did you know that bees have to visit two million flowers just to provide us with one pound of honey?) While it tastes wonderful in tea and baked goods, honey has been used medicinally for centuries too. Take a look at the many uses of honey below.
For cuts and burns: Honey has been used as a natural first aid treatment for wounds, burns and cuts. Its antiseptic properties are thought to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria. Its antibacterial properties may help prevent infection and function as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing both swelling and pain, and even scarring. Use a little honey to soothe a superficial cut or mild burn.
For sore throats: Thanks to antimicrobial properties, honey not only soothes throats but can also help to get rid of certain bacteria that causes the infection. Professional singers commonly use honey to soothe their throats before performances. For a sore throat, take a spoonful of honey or gargle with a mixture of two tablespoons of honey, four tablespoons of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
For sleeplessness: Milk and honey is a long-time, delicious remedy for sleeplessness. Mix one teaspoon of honey with a mug of hot milk. Or, add one to two teaspoons of honey to a cup of chamomile tea and sip.
For energy: Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates, which provide energy to our bodies. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost. Alternative health experts suggest:
- A spoonful of honey before a workout to enable you to go for the extra mile.
- Honey on toast or honey in tea (instead of sugar) for a mid-afternoon lift.
- Honey and ham sandwiches at lunchtime to keep energy up at school or work!
For a good start to your day: Start every day with this cleansing tonic: Add one spoonful of honey and lemon juice from half a lemon, to one cup of warm water. Mix together and drink.