Honey, in its raw form, is known to have a myriad of health benefits when ingested.
Honey is also quite useful topically. Here are some ways natural honey is beneficial.
- Pimple remover
Raw honey can be used as an effective pimple-remover. The antibodies in honey help heal acne naturally. It is also gentle on the skin.
Pour a half teaspoon of the honey on your palm and let it warm a little. Then gently spread on your face and let it stay for at least 10 minutes before rinsing off.
- Burn balm
Raw honey, when spread topically on minor burns can help reduce inflammation and enhance healing.
Clean the burn area, spread honey over it and cover with a gauze. Be sure to changed daily.
Honey contains enzyme glucose oxidase. This enzyme produces hydrogen peroxide; which helps to speed up the healing of a wound.
Spread a little honey over a wound before covering with a bandage.
- Hair conditioner
Natural honey makes a good hair moisturizing agent. Apply on wet hair and leave the mask for 10 minutes and then wash off.
You can also make a hair rinse by mixing 1 teaspoon of honey with 4 cups of warm water. The rinse is effective in smoothening hair and making it shiny.
- Cough syrup
Honey is an active ingredient in making a homemade herbal cough syrup.
To make the syrup, mix two tablespoons of raw honey and the juice of half a lemon in a quarter cup of warm water.
- Sleep inducer
Disrupted sleep is mostly caused by unbalanced adrenaline and cortisol hormones.
Salted honey is helpful in bringing the hormones to balance for good sleep.
Honey also absorbs tryptophan hence inducing sleep.
- Sore throat remedy
Swallowing a tablespoon of honey helps soothe a sore throat by easing the pain and reducing inflammation.
- Stomach coat
Honey can help calm an upset stomach. Add honey to lemon and ginger tea to make an effective stomach soothe.
- Halitosis cure
Gargling a mixture of a quarter a cup of water, one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of natural honey for three minutes will help rid your mouth of foul smell.
Be sure to spit out after gargling.
- Hangover Reliever
Honey has antioxidant properties that can help neutralize alcohol-related toxins.
Fructose plays a vital role in enabling the body to break down alcohol and make it less harmful.