5 Facts about Honey
1. Honey makes excellent cough medicine!
-The World Health Organization (WHO) lists honey as a demulcent, which is a substance that relieves irritation in your mouth or throat by forming a protective film
2. Honey can be used to treat wounds!
-Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidants activities that make it ideal for treating wounds.
-Honey releases hydrogen peroxide through an enzymatic process, which explains its general antiseptic qualities.
-That being said, research shows that any type of unprocessed honey helped wounds and ulcers heal.
3. Honey can improve your scalp!
-Honey diluted with a bit of warm water was shown to significantly improve seborrheic dermatitis, which is a scalp condition that causes dandruff and itching.
-After applying the solution every other day for four weeks, “all of the patients responded markedly.”
-“Itching was relieved and scaling was disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were healed and disappeared completely within 2 weeks. In addition, patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss.”
4. Honey can boost your energy!
-A healthy, whole-food diet and proper sleep is the best recipe for boundless energy, but if you’re looking for a quick energy boost, such as before a workout, honey can suffice.
-This is particularly true for athletes looking for a “time-released fuel” to provide energy over a longer duration.
5. Local, raw honey can reduce allergy symptoms!
-This will contain pollen spores picked up by the bees from local plants, introduces a small amount of allergen into your system. Theoretically, this can activate your immune system and over time can build up your natural immunity against it.
-The typical recommendation is to take about a teaspoon-full of locally produced honey per day, starting a few months PRIOR to the pollen season, to allow your system to build up immunity. And the key here is local.