Oh, Honey!

One night, after giving my son his asthma treatment I noticed that he was still having some controlled wheezing.  I jumped on my laptop and, just out of curiosity, searched natural asthma remedies.  One of the items that showed up repeatedly was honey.  When inhaled or taken orally, honey has been known to lessen the effects of coughs and asthma.  Sure enough, our son sat with his nose in a jar of honey just like Winnie the Pooh and the wheezing stopped within minutes.

Asthma is not the only health benefit of honey.  Honey is rich in vitamins and minerals though the amounts may vary depending on the types of flowers used in the region where the bees and honey are cultivated.  Honey is most commonly known to contain Calcium and Iron along with Vitamins A1, B1, B12, C, and E.

For Sensitive Stomachs

The carbohydrates in honey are easily converted into glucose so even those with sensitive stomachs can enjoy its sweet taste.

For Weight Loss

In addition, when consumed with warm water, honey is known to be helpful in digesting the fat stored in your body and thus may be a weight loss aid.  Some people also combine honey with lemon juice or with cinnamon to aid in weight loss.

For Athletes

Athletes use honey too for the body’s restoration after a workout.  The natural glucose, fructose and carbohydrates in honey can increase one’s strength, energy level and performance.  The glucose provides an immediate energy boost while the fructose provides sustained energy levels.

For Wounds

Full of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, honey can be used as a natural antiseptic. In fact, research is being done to study the benefits of honey in treating wounds. Honey is believed to speed up the healing process by stimulating wound tissues and can be applied to wounds before dressing them.

For Cancer

Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are effective in removing free radicals from our body.  Dark honey has been found to contain antioxidants, which may be helpful in fighting the cell damage linked with cancer.  It is recommended for some cancer patients to substitute honey instead of sugar.

For Beauty

Not only is honey beneficial when taken orally and when inhaled, honey is also helpful when used topically on the skin to create a clear complexion.  Sometimes honey is used in combination with granulated sugar to create a natural exfoliator.

For Allergies

Lastly, local honey, which is cultivated in the region where you live, is most likely to contain pollen from your local plants and flowers.  Therefore, consuming local honey may provide the added benefit of reducing allergy symptoms which come from those plants and flowers.

 

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” –Victor Hugo

 

Do you use honey for any other health reasons?  Please share them in the comments!

 

Article sources: Organic Facts, Yahoo Health, Natural Remedies Health Benefits, About.com, Fit Sugar 

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2 thoughts on “Oh, Honey!

  1. I use honey to relieve a sore throat. Dice onions, cover with honey for at least one hour. A tablespoon of the honey (with or without onions) works wonders. I know some people who add a tablespoon of this honey to a cup of hot water to drink it – without onions in this case…

    Be careful on the allergy use of honey though. The local honey should be unpasteurized, which could be more dangerous to the very, very young.

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