Honey is great alternative for sweetening tea or coffee, a smoothie or English Muffins, but did you know there are health benefits in your honey? Especially when it comes to raw honey.
Raw honey has many healthy qualities and can be used in several other ways then just sweetening your drinks and goodies. In fact, there are many uses for raw honey!
Why Raw Honey?
Raw honey is honey fresh from the comb. It’s not pasteurized and therefore is still full of healthy enzymes. It is said that store-bought pasteurized honey is no better than white sugar. The heat from pasteurization kills the beneficial enzymes rendering them useless to the body.
After I first became a label reader, I remember taking my grandmother shopping. She asked me to grab her honey, you know the kind, in the cute little bear shaped container. It actually said “Honey flavored product” on the back of it. It wasn’t even real honey! I was shocked.
This was pivotal for me, I mean you can’t even pick up honey anymore and just get honey. I couldn’t find her a better alternative at that store so she was stuck with her “honey product.”
I started using raw honey about two years ago and could not believe the taste difference as compared to store-bought. Where I shop they sell a variety of raw honeys each with a slightly different taste. Our favorite is wild flower honey with clover honey being a close second.
My Top 10 Uses for Raw Honey and Health Benefits
As I researched honey I was surprised to find so many benefits beyond sweetening. Here are 10 things I found beneficial to my family.
1. Wound treatment
Because of its antibacterial properties honey has been used for centuries to treat wounds and help prevent infection.
2. Soothing a Sore Throat
Honey is an excellent natural alternative to cough medicine as it can reduce cough and sooth that sore throat.
3. Preventing Allergies
Taking a few teaspoons of local, raw honey per day before and during allergy season can prevent your allergy symptoms. This works on the basis of “like cures like” and the reason that your honey should be local. Local honey has a higher likelihood to contain triggers for your allergy symptoms.
I have had the “best” allergy season this past spring, taking OTC meds only once as compared to years past when I took them as often as daily. I’ve also had little flair up of my Oral Allergy Syndrome this season as well.
If you get sunburn, you can apply a thin layer of honey to help the skin heal.
Applied as a spot treatment at night, honey will improve your skin’s appearance in little time.
6. Fight Indigestion
Take a teaspoon or two to help fight indigestion.
7. Mineral Benefits
Raw honey contains several minerals that the body needs including Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron.
Honey naturally contains vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6 and vitamin C.
When mixed with apple cider vinegar raw honey can help relieve constipation naturally.
Raw honey is antiseptic which means it prevents the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. Used topically, unlike other antiseptics it won’t damage your skin.
**This post has been entered in Frugal Days and Sustainable Ways.**