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The Unknown Benefits of Honey

Updated on October 31, 2013
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Honey has been use for thousands of years all over the world and in just about every culture. it was once a form of currency and an offering to the gods in Ancient Egypt. In today's society, however, honey is used primarily as a sweetener for foods and beverages. Many don't realize that honey is a very powerful food, topical antibiotic, and beauty aide. It contains 18 natural amino acids plus many vitamins and minerals that are excellent for the body. In fact, honey can be used internally as well as externally and offers a variety of benefits.

Here are a few little know benefits of honey:

1. Improve sleep and relaxation with honey

Honey has been proven to promote relaxation. It can help ease one into sleep. This is because honey contains natural sugar which raises insulin levels slightly and allows tryptophan (a compound that makes us sleepy) to enter our brains easily. In fact, having a spoonful of honey before bed may help you get a more restful sleep.

2. Better athletic performance

Carbohydrates are great energy boosters during intense training. Studies show that the glucose found in honey can provide that same boost. Honey may be a better option to refined sugars and high fructose corn syrups which are often found in sports drinks.

3. Healed scrapes and cuts

The natural antibacterial properties of honey are great for preventing infections when it comes to minor abrasions and cuts. Simply dab a little honey on your cut before covering it with a bandage.

4. Help Fight Allergies

Research has shown that taking a high quality raw honey for approximately two months before allergy session can actually help lessen allergies. This is believed to work because bees carry pollen that aggravates seasonal allergies. This pollen becomes part of the honey which, if consumed daily just before allergy season, can help the boy grow accustomed to the pollen and effectively immunizing the body against it.

5. Moisturizing Skin and Hair

Honey is a humectant. This means that it attracts water. In addition, honey helps absorb and retain moisture in the hair and skin. You may not realize it but honey is found in a variety of soaps, shampoos, and cosmetics. It is great in facials and can even be added to bath water in order to soften the skin. Mix honey with olive oil for a natural hair conditioner or consider adding sea salt to your honey as an exfoliating body scrub.

6. Clearer Skin

The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of honey help to draw out impurities from the skin, reducing the redness and inflammation of pimples and acne.

7. Sunburn Remedy

Though avoiding the condition all together is the best course of action, honey can be used to soothe sunburns. Dab a little on the affected area and you will find almost instant relief.

Honey is a highly versatile food. It is not only a delicious all natural sweetener, it is also great for supporting a healthy body and glowing appearance. Try incorporating a little honey into your life today.

© 2013 LQWILLIams

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