You’ve no doubt seen shelves at the store stocked with the many different types of honey. Honey has many uses as a healing remedy, but the sweet stuff on the shelf of most stores won’t work. For it to have healing properties, it has to be raw and not pasteurized (the process of heating and sterilizing the honey) and it should have nothing added to it.
There are a lot of varieties of raw honey also. There’s tupelo honey, organic honey, clover honey and wildflower honey. Raw wildflower honey is a good middle of the road choice as it tends to contain the medicinal properties of a variety of wildflowers. When you’re trying to kill germs, the more germ fighting properties you can come up with, the better. Let’s check out the amazing healing power of honey!
What are the Best Uses of Honey?
Coughs and colds – One of the best things about honey is that is tastes great, so that even small children (over the age of 1) will take honey without complaint. There are studies that suggest that regularly eating raw honey can help prevent colds. It also helps sooth sore throats and coughs, due to its thick texture and cough suppressing effects. It also has antibacterial properties that can help fight throat and upper respiratory infections. For a good cough syrup, you can gently heat raw honey and other herbs like sliced ginger. Allow it to steep for a few hours and then strain the herbs out.
Allergies – Honey’s delicious taste helps it out here also, as regularly eating raw honey may prevent allergic symptoms, especially hay fever. The thought is that the residual pollens and other plant components found in honey (as in allergy shots) may reduce sensitivity to common allergens.
Cosmetics – Honey works well in combating dry skin and skin infections like acne because of its high moisture content and antibacterial properties. Honey mixed with plain yogurt makes a soothing facial mask or cleanser. Sweet almond oil and sugar mixed with honey is a good moisturizing exfoliant.
Wound Healing – Some studies have shown that honey can speed wound healing. Diabetics, who often have trouble with minor wounds turning into ulcers, get good results with honey. It may also reduce scarring and is less painful than regular antiseptics.
Burns – Lastly, various studies have shown that honey is a very effective burn ointment. It has antibacterial and anti inflammatory compounds in it that help speed the healing of minor burns. Simply spread raw honey on the burn and cover with gauze. Honey doesn’t require refrigeration, but chilled honey on a burn will provide relief.