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11 Awesome Top Benefits of Honey

Updated on January 20, 2020
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I'm a home cook who's always looking for better ways to live without all the harsh chemicals.

All About Honey

Hey, it's Jessica, and today we're talking about honey. No, I don't mean the app that saves you money. That is a different kind of honey. Today we are talking about the sweetener honey. Now if you're like me then you already know honey is made by bees. You know it's sticky, you know it's sweet. Still, did you know that it has everyday uses as well? First a little history. Why because it's what I like to do.

Bee's and some other insects make honey from secretions of plants. Then like the hoarders that they are; they store it in insect hand made structures called honeycombs. Why, because they can and that's fine with me as long as they do far from my home Lol. the sweetness of honey comes from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose. It has about the same sweetness as table sugar.

Of course it has other benefits as well. Which is what we will be talking about today.

How To Use On Food

1) Sweeten your dressings.

2) Coffee or tea.

3) Toast or pancakes.

4) Yogurt, cereal, oatmeal.

5) Toast and top with peanut butter.

1 Use Honey to Wash Your Face

Since the stone age honey has been a sweetener and medicine that has helped people. It is loaded with beneficial plant compounds that will benefit your daily life. The first of which; is washing your face with honey. You heard me, honey.

Kick that chemical-based face wash that is doing all sorts of damage to the curve. Wash your face with honey. Why? Because honey cleanses your face without stripping it away, and that is always good. If your skin is red after you use your face wash, then it just stripped your skin off your face and now your face needs to heal. Honey does not do that. So take this tip and switch to raw honey for it gently cleanses without stripping the skin. That is a plus in my book. Also, this great method reduces acne and normalizes sebum production. Which is just awesome.

Raw honey is the best because it has antibacterial and healing properties to soothe and clarify your skin.

2. Homemade Cough Syrup

This one is new to me. You can make your own honey cough syrup. Just simply mix into 1/4 cup of warm water, 3 tablespoons of honey and lemon juice. You will be using half a lemon for this. Sip as needed. It is really soothing and you can always add two teaspoons of ginger for more punch to get rid of that stupid cough.

3. Relieve Hangovers

Had a little too much fun last night, well then a few tablespoons of honey; which are packed with fructose will speed your body's metabolism of Alcohol.

4. Restore Sleep

Raw honey helps promote restorative sleep. Here is the skinny, add a tablespoon to a glass of warm milk and drink it before bedtime. This will help you sleep better. Give it a try.

5. Moisturize Dry Skin

Honey is a great moisturizer for your skin. Dry patches, like your elbows, hands, and lips. Rub it on and let sit for 30 minutes before washing it off. Honey is a great lip balm as well.

6.Condition Damaged Hair.

Honey is great for conditioning hair and if you haven't caught the memo by now; it's all-natural. All you do is add a teaspoon to your shampoo to fix your damaged locks. Plus you can also mix it with olive oil for deeper conditioning. Before rushing off wrap your hair in a towel and let it soak for about 20 minutes before shampooing as normal.

7. Can Improve Diabetes

Eating raw honey can help limit the chance of you getting diabetes. It can even help medications in treating Diabetes. While honey does increase insulin and decreases hyperglycemia you should still add a little at a time. See how your blood sugar plays with it.

8. A Cure For Acne

Acne is the worse, but paying for expensive cures can be even worse. Thankfully raw honey can be used as an easy and cheap face cleanser. It will fight off Acne. Plus it's gentle on the really sensitive skin. Plus it can be used on all skin types. All you do is take half a teaspoon in your hands, rub together and spread gently on your face; and anywhere that has acne. Let it soak into your pores for 10 minutes. Rinse and gently pat your face dry.

9. It Removes Parasites

Ok now, this one is a must know. So, how come am I just now finding out about it? Well anyway, hopefully, this is one trick you will never have to use, but if you find that you do; here's the low down. Combine equal amounts of honey, Vinegar, and water in a glass and drink it. The combination of these three ingredients gets rids of intestinal worms and parasites; putting you into a toxin-free world.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts & Burns

Forget about the ointments to help with those wounds and burns. Reach for some honey. This one has been a lifesaver for me. I can't tell you how many times I have burned myself cooking. Honey is great for this because the honey soothes the burn/cut and takes the pain away but why? because honey is a natural antiseptic.

11. Exfoliator

Honey is a great exfoliator. Add honey to dry skin by adding two cups of honey to your bath. Soak and relax for 15 minutes. Finally, add one cup of baking soda to the bath and soak for another 15 minutes.

© 2020 Jessica Agnew

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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! Honey is not one of my favorite products. You make me want to take a second look at it. Thanks.

    • jessicaagnew profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Agnew 

      3 weeks ago from Jacksonville

      I never used it for my hair. I think I’ll try and thanks for the read.

    • lizmalay profile image

      Liza 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      I used honey as one of the ingredients in my hair treatment. I started making a homemade hair mask for my hair treatment. I want to avoid as much as the chemical used in my hair. Other than that, I used honey in my cooking. Thank you for sharing this brilliant article, Jessica.

    • jessicaagnew profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Agnew 

      3 weeks ago from Jacksonville

      Thank you Lorna, I had a lot of fun researching this and I know there are a lot of uses for it. Thanks for the support.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      A great article Jessica full of great tips and information. I use honey instead of sugar and have found this to be very beneficial. However, I had no idea it had so many other uses. Thank you for sharing.

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