People have always loved honey. Prehistoric peoples would brave the bees to get some honey. Ancient Egyptians considered honey a worthy offering to the gods as well as a useful wound dressing. Today, some of the many uses of honey are as a sweetener, in skin and hair care products and in weight loss programs.
1. Medicinal Uses for Honey
Honey is considered to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Manuka honey is the premium medicinal honey; it is used to make Medihoney, an FDA-approved treatment for skin ulcers and wounds. It also stimulates healing. While ordinary honey can be used, Manuka honey is much more effective (and expensive).
Honey is also used in treating acid reflux, fighting infections and soothing sore throats.
2. Honey and Weight Loss
It is counter-intuitive to think that something as sweet as honey could help with weight loss. Honey helps to mobilize stored fat so that it can be burnt off as energy, resulting in a slow but steady weight loss. Each day, mix about 1 tablespoon each of honey and water; enjoy!
3. Honey and Lemon
Honey and lemon juice in a glass of warm water has been a favorite home remedy for colds and sore throats. When people drink this every day before breakfast, it is said to jump-start the body’s metabolism, good for overall health and weight loss.
4. Honey for Your Skin
This moisturizer will give you amazing results for about $1.00. Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 3 tablespoons food grade veggie glycerin and store in sterilized, airtight container. Massage small amount into skin.
5. Honey for Frizz-free, Shiny Hair
Condition your hair with honey by working a little into your hair, let sit a few minutes and rinse. Add shine to hair with a honey rinse, made by adding 1 teaspoon of honey to a quart of water. Pour over head and let dry. Enjoy the shine!
6. Honey for Energy
Honey is packed with vitamins and minerals. Instead of grabbing an energy bar, eat a tablespoon of honey.
7. Honey for a Hangover
Instead of groaning and popping ibuprofen, add honey to your tea and spread it on toast. The fructose in honey will help to speed up the metabolism of alcohol.
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