Honey is a natural remedy and functional food used by ancient civilizations for thousands of years. This sweet liquid is a great addition to meals and drinks as a more natural replacement for energy from sugar but the benefits go even further than that.
7 A+’s for Liquid Gold-
- Antimicrobial and Antibacterial – Research shows that honey can help reduce incidence of infectious diseases by killing bad bacteria . Ingesting honey could be an effective natural medicine for food borne illnesses.
- Antibiotic and Antiseptic – The antibiotic and antiseptic properties in honey make it a great natural remedy to prevent infections for cuts, burns, scrapes and even bug bites. It’s content of concentrated sugars and acidity also aid in the wound healing process by providing an environment that promotes fast repair and regeneration of tissues with no adverse effects to the skin.
- Antioxidant – Honey contains antioxidant properties from it’s polyphenol plant components, which have been shown to reduce effects of aging and can be helpful in preventing cancer .
- Anti-inflammatory – Soothing effects from honey are due to it’s ability to reduce inflammation. When applied to the skin, honey can reduce swelling and irritation by reducing the effects of damaging free radicals. When ingested, honey can be a great remedy for a sore throat or irritating cough!
- Allergy Protection- Honey has also been shown to be a natural fighter against allergies reducing those annoying allergy symptoms .
Honey is also a humectant, meaning it easily retains moisture and humidity, making it even more beneficial when applied to skin or hair as a natural moisturizer.
When selecting a honey, research recommends that monofloral honey has the most effective healing properties. This means the honey is sourced from only one type of flower’s pollen. Darker colored honey has also been shown to have more antioxidant properties. Manuka honey is a well known beneficial dark and monofloral honey. Honey basically never goes bad making it a great staple to add to the pantry or medicine cabinet.
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