ORLANDO, Fla. – We all know that delicious and sticky honey can add much needed sweetness to a variety of foods and drinks, but nature's nectar can do much more than that.
As the daughter of a beekeeper, I use honey as the Constantine family of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" uses Windex.
To catch a cold? Down some honey. Accidentally cut yourself? Give him some honey. Debt for student loans Drown with honey.
Seriously, whether you are storing it in your medicine cabinet or with your garden supplies, there is no shortage of things you can do with honey.
Check out some of the little known uses below. Keep in mind that you should use raw and unfiltered honey for these home remedies.
Kick a cold
No one likes to sip and sneeze or other signs of the common cold. Unfortunately, honey will not cure this disease, but it can help relieve some of the symptoms. The Mayo Clinic reports that, in studies, it was discovered that honey helps with nocturnal cough in children 2 years and older and can also help with a sore throat.
If you find yourself in a hairy situation, honey can help you. Benefits-of-Honey.com experts recommend pouring half a cup of honey and the juice of three lemons over two cups of sugar. Stir over low heat, never high, until the consistency resembles the wax you would see in a room. Once the wax is ready, apply it to your skin, place a strip of wax on the top and quickly remove it in the opposite direction of hair growth.
With honey in your hair routine, you can forget the days of messy buns and careless ponytails. Add a few drops to your usual shampoo to help stimulate hair growth, seal moisture and add nutrients, all of which will lead to delicious strands. For those who have dandruff, one study found that applying it to the scalp and leaving it on for three hours every two days can help reduce peeling and itching in a week.
Instead of scratching, look for the honey jar. The itching of insect bites and eczema can be reduced with some honey applied directly to the skin. In general, honey can also be used to soften the skin, particularly in elbows and other dry areas. Apply a little to the area of concern and wash it with warm water after approximately 30 minutes.
Promote the growth of plants.
Honey can be used in various ways in the garden, even to fertilize and propagate. You can use a mixture of one or two tablespoons of honey with two liters of water every two weeks to help promote flowering and produce more sweet and tasty fruits.
For propagation, you should prepare your cuttings and then dip the ends in honey to promote root growth. Cuttings can be placed on the ground or in the water after receiving your dose of honey.
For more ways to use honey in the garden, click here.
This is not just a family secret. Studies have shown that honey used as a dressing can help reduce scars and inflammation, relieve pain and promote healing. If you suffer a burn, put tap water immediately to cool the skin. Then you can put honey directly on the wound or soak a little gauze in honey and then apply it that way. To see some graphic photos of the healing process of honey burns, click here.
Fight against the disease
Medically speaking, there is much that honey can do. In 2017, Pharmacognosy Research published an article that describes how honey can help with certain diseases. Studies have shown that honey has anti-cancer properties, can help reduce the inflammation associated with asthma, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular failure, can help with depression and other neurological diseases and can help those with gastrointestinal diseases. Of course, you should consult a doctor before adding or altering your medicinal routine in any way. You can click here to read more about the research.
Keeping acne at bay
Part of what makes honey so beneficial is its anibacterial and antifungal properties, which makes it perfect for treating acne. The writers on the Byrdie beauty and lifestyle website suggest applying some raw honey on a stain and leaving it there for at least 10 minutes before washing it with warm water. While doing so, you can also use honey as a face wash, to exfoliate, to fade scars and as an ultra moisturizing mask.
The Kansas City Royals sports dietitian, Mitzi Dulan, told Active.com that the combination of antioxidants, enzymes, minerals and amino acids in honey are excellent for boosting energy levels and kicking any afternoon depression. In fact, it is often recommended that athletes incorporate it into their pre-training regimes. As an additional advantage, there is also research that suggests that honey could help with weight loss.
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