Honey is a wondrous thing. It is made when bees collect nectar from flowers and bring it back to the hive to be stored in honeycombs. The colour and flavour of the honey varies depending on the type of flower nectar in the bee’s environment. This makes honey a very unique and valuable food item to use by people. Luckily bees naturally make too much honey for their own use, so there is a lot left over for people to use. And the uses for honey are endless! But here are ten of them; some your doctor won’t want you to know!
10. Skin Care
Honey can be used on the face as a moisturizing facial mask, that will help get rid of acne, after your regular washing routine. Apply a small amount in the palm of your hand and rub it into your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse off, no need to moisturize after. It can also be used to exfoliate rough skin on your heels. Just mix it with a bit of baking soda and scrub on any spots that need softening. Honey is antifungal too, so it will help clear any fungus that might be on your feet.
9. Immune Support
Honey contains information from the environment where the bees collected the nectar from. Some people report improvements in their ability to get over a cold or flu faster when they take honey internally. Honey can also reduce the inflammation associated with a cold or the flu.
8. Intestinal Health
We need good bacteria in our intestines in order to have a healthy digestive system. Honey contains natural pre-biotics, which are beneficial to our intestines since they feed the good bacteria in our guts. Honey can also help to counteract indigestion as an alternative to other over the counter medications. Many pregnant women swear by using a little honey and ginger in their water to ease the symptoms of nausea while pregnant. Acacia honey is especially beneficial for the intestines since it helps cleanse the digestive tract.
7. Wound Healing
Honey is a wonderful natural wound healer. It is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antibiotic. This makes it a powerhouse for quick wound healing. There are some alternative companies who have made healing dressings for wounds using a type of honey called Manuka honey. These have been used to treat things like MRSA skin lesions, which have previously not responded to other conventional treatments. You can make an at home version of these dressings by cutting a square of sterile gauze and putting a dab of honey on the gauze, then place the gauze over the affected area and secure with waterproof surgical tape. Change the dressing daily to clean the wound and reapply another dressing with honey.