Surprising Health Benefits of Honey

Over the past 2,500 years, honey has been used by people all around the world for its numerous health benefits. Here is a list of some beneficial properties of the natural sweetener fondly referred to as “liquid gold.”

Health Benefits of Honey

Natural Cough Remedy

Multiple studies indicate that honey is an effective cough suppressant. In fact, it’s believed to be just as effective as dextromethorphan, an ingredient commonly found in cough syrup. The thick consistency of honey helps coat the throat and relieves discomfort from dryness and irritation. Its sweetness is believed to trigger the nerve endings that protect you from periods of relentless coughing.

Warning! Never give honey to children under one year of age. Honey contaminated by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum can cause infant botulism, a life-threatening condition.

Used to Treat Wounds

Before the 20th century, honey was popularly used to fight infection. This is due to liquid gold’s antioxidant rich, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Not surprisingly, honey is still used today (in modern medicine) to treat serious skin infections. Manuka honey contains properties to eradicate 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including MRSA, a strain of staph infection that is resistant to many standard antibiotics.

May Alleviate Allergies

Many people believe that honey has the ability to build up immunities, because of the trace amounts of pollen it contains. That being said, ingesting honey seems to trigger an immune response, which produces antibodies.

So, it’s possible, with regular consumption your body will become accustomed to the presence of pollen and release less histamine. This results in a milder allergic response and the purchase of fewer tissues.

Eliminates Dandruff and Scalp Issues

In a recent study, participants with dandruff and other scalp issues were instructed to apply honey, combined with 10 percent warm water, to problem locations. After three hours, the honey solution was rinsed out with more warm water.

Everyone who took part in the study revealed that their scalp itching and dandruff was gone within one week. When applicable, unsightly lesions disappeared within 14 days. There was a marked improvement, in the area of hair loss as well.

Health Benefits of Honey
All grocery stores typically carry multiple brands of honey. Unfortunately,  more times than not, the enzymes, vitamins and minerals found in supermarket honey are missing. This is the unavoidable result of processing.

If you want to experience all of the benefits that honey has to offer, it is best to buy a brand that’s pure and raw. You can easily find unprocessed honey at your local farmer’s market or specialty store. Keeping a jar on hand is highly recommended!

So tell me, do you have honey in your home? What do you use it for?

Comments

  1. kathy downey says

    Thanks for the info,i love using natural when possible

  2. Very useful and interesting information.

  3. Doris Calvert says

    Wow I knew it had benefits but not for infections, very interesting!

  4. Ronald Gagnon says

    I love honey..especially with peanut butter…but I am amazed at all the health benefits

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