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The Health and Beauty Benefits of Honey

Updated on January 15, 2013

Honey for Health and Beauty

Honey health effects have been noted by humans for quite some time. The medical and nutritional honey qualities have been documented by Islamic, Christian, Roman, Greek and Vedic texts. Ancient physicians such as Hippocrates, Aristoxenus and Aristotle have already referred to honey's healing qualities. Still considered part of alternative medicines, honey contains powerful antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties.

There are powerful anti-bacterial properties that honey has on at least 60 bacteria types and not like some antibiotics, which are useless against specific bacteria types; honey tends to have strong, non-toxic effect. Honey composition includes sugars such as fructose and glucose and minerals such as phosphate, iron, sulphur, sodium chlorine, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Depending on the pollen and nectar qualities, honey contains vitamins including B3, B5, B6, C, B2 and B1.

Since ancient times, honey has been used for various purposes of healthy including nutrition, skin care, beauty and healing. Many varieties of honey are available commercially but not all types have the same beneficial attributes for health and beauty.

How to Buy

The best way to purchase honey is buying organic, unheated raw honey which means the product contains unique substances that are similar to insulin, antioxidants, enzymes and minerals. Filtered and heated honey is turned into sucrose which is pure which loses much of its healing benefits and value nutritionally. At major groceries, organic, unheated and raw honey can be hard to find but at local farmers markets and health food stores, it is usually easily available.

Antibacterial Properties

There are antibacterial properties when it comes to organic, unheated, raw honey that speed the healing of wounds and infections and this even includes acne. To promote healthy skin, it contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Skin hydration is also improved by honey which is a factor important in the ability of skin to maintain elasticity, suppleness and softness.

Anti-Irritant

Honey is also suitable for baby products and sensitive skin since honey is also an anti-irritant. Organic, unheated, raw honey contains a substance that is insulin-like that helps utilize, assimilate and digest proteins. Honey that is raw is used commonly on wounds to promote the process of healing. In addition, there are 3 bees' substances that are considered to be a benefit to your health. Nutritional attributes are contained by royal jelly that has been shown to increase energy and prevent illness. To reduce common symptoms of allergies and increase energy, bee pollen is also used. This is especially from bee pollens that originate from local honey produced containing local pollens. A waxy substance called propolis that bees collect from tree buts is an ancient used antibiotic both externally and internally to strengthen the immune system and to fight infection.

Skin Conditioner

Honey is utilized as skin conditioners such as by being used as a moisturizing mask that reduces facial acne and redness.

Hair Conditioner

Honey is used to condition the hair and is mixed often with castor oil or olive oil whether to use on the hair or on the skin.

Anti-Cancer

Honey has anti-tumor and carcinogenic properties and is an anti-cancer curative. Reportedly, honey has been found to contain flavonoids that are floral. These bioflavonoids in tiny traces are known as antioxidants and when honey is ingested, antioxidants increase the levels of antioxidants within cells.

Build Up You Immune System

Honey is an immune system booster that is quite powerful. It has anti-bacterial properties and is an antioxidant which can help you fight disease, stay healthy and be a powerful immune booster.

Energy Booster

Even more than its great taste, the benefits of honey includes being a natural carbohydrates source which provides energy and strength to our bodies. Honey is known for effectively boosting endurance and performance effectively, reducing athletes' muscle fatigue. In preventing fatigue during a workout, the natural sugar in honey plays a role that is quite important. The body easily absorbs honey glucose and gives an immediate boost in energy while fructose is absorbed slower which provides sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep blood sugar levels constant compared to other sugar types.

Rhino sinusitis

Honey seems to have a great effect in killing biofilms resistant to drugs which are implicated in chronic rhino-sinusitis.


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    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      It's amazing how something that tastes so good can be so good for you! Great hub, voting a bunch!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Yes honey has been used for beauty, nutrition, as a medicine and verious many purposes, thank you so much for the detailed information on honey, this is so useful, thanks.

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