Maybe you use Honey to soothe a sore throat. Or perhaps you’ve added a little to your parfait in the morning. Well, have you ever wondered, “Are there any other ways to use honey?”
Before we discover five fresh ways to use this superfood let me share five benefits of honey for the body & soul. According to the National Honey Board:
- It has antibacterial properties
- Raw Honey is a great prebiotic
- It’s a rich source of B6 vitamin
- It can contain up to 27 minerals
- It’s fat-free and sodium-free
Before you head to the endless aisle of honey at your local market, let’s discuss some of the differences between the most popular kinds of honey.
Most Popular Types of Honey
Processed honey falls at the end of the spectrum with the least amount of benefits. Often, powerful antioxidants are removed in the pasteurizing process, which can make it smoother and more aesthetically pleasing. Ultimately, these results reduce its health benefits.
This is the crème de la crème of the three Honey types. Manuka honey has proven most effective in treating infected wounds, burns, eczema, and other skin problems. Other research has found it can curb plaque and gingivitis, ease sinus infections and ulcers. This honey has the highest amount of antibacterial properties.
Raw honey is an anti-bacteria and fungus agent that is known to aid in the effects of allergies supports a healthy immune function, contains powerful antioxidants, and more. Also, it is reasonably priced and available at most groceries.
Now that we understand some of the benefits in Honey, I will share five ways I love to use this superfood in my everyday life.
Five Ways to Use Honey
Mosquito Bite Relief
Summer is here! Which means we are spending a lot more time outdoors. Unfortunately, this brings mosquitos and their annoying bite. Honey provides excellent relief to itchy bites, all you need is a small drop, enough to cover the bug bite and it will reduce inflammation and reduce the strong temptation to itch as it will cause a sticky mess on your skin.
125 million people worldwide suffer from Psoriasis and it still today remains uncurable. However, Dr. Marie Jhin dermatologist in San Francisco, California, explains that Manuka Honey’s calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities may help the skin be less inflamed. Pure Manuka Honey can be applied like your traditional body creme. For more information on this topic, please check out this healthline article.
I use honey in my skincare by adding it to homemade sugar scrubs, or my favorite DIY Face Mask for Glowy Skin.
Burn & Wound
At the beginning of the pandemic, a very large portion of essential medical supplies like rubbing alcohol and peroxide were sold out; and it seemed as though they just vanished overnight,
Well, interestingly enough Raw Honey is a natural source of hydrogen peroxide. Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. According to, Scientific American “Honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase which breaks down glucose sugars and generates hydrogen Peroxide”. Aiding the belief that Honey can be used to treat infections.
A teaspoon of raw honey before bed is just what you need if you have trouble falling and staying asleep.
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