Honey offers a wide range of trace minerals that are necessary for the body’s proper functioning. It is an anti-bacterial that can help with constipation and calcium absorption. When one endeavors to study the benefits of honey, it is completely believable that a list surpassing 75 elements can be achieved. We chose to narrow that list down to include the 35 benefits we found most amazing. And, we can’t wait for you to read # 25!
Honey is nature’s best kept medicine. Your ancestors probably found more value in it than you have ever even considered. But that’s ok, because we’re here to bring all that back! Check out these amazing benefits:
#1 Cough & Sore Throat
Honey is a phenomenal cough suppressant. In fact, according to Penn State College of Medicine (2012), it was deemed a better option for children’s coughs than any available over-the-counter option! Honey soothes on contact and stimulates saliva, which may be the reason it is so effective in coughs and sore throats.
#2 Wounds & Burns
In a 2015 issue of Contemporary Nurse, honey was labeled a better burn treatment than the ordinarily prescribed silver. This is because honey has more antibacterial properties. And, it has no toxic effects on skin.
Read #8 for more incredible medical benefits!
Manuka honey appears to be useful due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The inflammation experienced in bouts of arthritis is relieved, as is the pain. To experience this benefit, try mixing 2 tablespoons of Manuka honey with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in a cup of warm green tea.
#4 Insomnia & Fatigue
Honey has been labeled a super-food. Sleep induction occurs with increased levels of tryptophan and serotonin. Honey includes tryptophan. Honey raises the blood sugar, slightly. That rise in insulin, causes tryptophan to enter the brain where it is converted into serotonin. When dark, serotonin converts to melatonin which aids in sleep. Take two tablespoons of honey each night to aid in alleviating your symptoms of insomnia and fatigue.
#5 Acid Reflux & Heartburn
A mix of apple cider vinegar and honey can help reduce your acid reflux and heartburn troubles. We know it seems counterintuitive, but it is theorized that the cider vinegar and honey mix helps to balance out the pH in the gut. Plus, they are both anti-bacterial agents that can help fight off any bacterial issues that are causing the problems. Try 2 teaspoons each of honey and apple cider vinegar in water or warm tea.
#6 Seasonal Allergies & Asthma
Eating local honey can act like a localized vaccination against those things in the environment that are triggering your allergies. Try to get honey that has been collected near your home so that the same flowers and weeds will have been utilized in its production.
And, studies have shown that when honey has been aerosolized, it can decrease the production of mucus and act as an anti-inflammatory. For other anti-inflammatory uses of honey don’t miss #21.
#7 Warts & Acne
Apply honey to warts and cover with a Band-Aid. Repeat the process until the warts disappear. The same is true about acne, although Band-Aids are not necessary. Allow the honey to remain on the problem areas for fifteen minutes and then rinse off. Please make sure that you are using all-natural, raw, unprocessed, preferably organic honey.
#8 Yeast Infections
A piece in Future Microbiology (2014) declared that honey was an effective treatment for yeast infections. If you want to try this out, mix one tablespoon of plain, unsweetened yogurt, with two tablespoons of raw honey. Apply this mixture to the infected area externally and internally. Allow it to remain in place for ten minutes. Wash after application. Consider it a honey douche and look for improvement within a few days, if you use it twice a day as recommended.
#9 Weight Loss & Poor Metabolism
Honey contains 22 amino acids that can aid in boosting metabolism. And, increased metabolism means decreased fat! Consider drinking lemon juice with a little honey each morning to get your metabolism started on the right foot. Honey can potentially fuel the liver and ease stress hormones to aid in weight loss as well.
For more weight loss assistance be sure to read #20.
#10 Helps Prevent Cancer and Heart Disease
Honey includes anti-tumor and carcinogen preventing properties. Honey’s natural anti-oxidant capabilities can help eliminate cancer causing free-radicals and improve the functioning of the immune system.
#11 Energy Booster
Honey naturally provides carbohydrates that provide energy. As such, honey is considered an effective way to improve energy and prevent fatigue. Don’t forget that the glucose in honey is a rapid energy creator and the fructose allows that energy to last. Before you workout, consider taking a spoonful of honey, and if you are feeling drained, spread some on toast or use it in your tea instead of sugar.
Still looking for fuel? Read #26.
#12 Immune System Builder
Recall that honey has anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. These help improve your digestive tract and can aid in the prevention of diseases. If you really want to help your body ward off infectious issues, try drinking a glass of water with lemon and honey each morning. Warm water is recommended here.
#13 Memory Booster
Restful sleep and the reduction of metabolic stress contribute to cognitive and memory functions. Honey offers both. At the University Of Babylon’s College of Medicine, a five year study was conducted that concluded honey had the ability to prevent dementia and cognitive decline.
Looking for more miraculous benefits? Read #17!
#14 Face Mask
Honey is terrific for the skin. And, lots of people have been experimenting with its ability to provide a great rejuvenating face mask. Based on your skin type, you’ll have to add either: apple, avocado & egg, or egg, almond oil, and yogurt.
#15 Reduces Ulcers and Other Gastrointestinal Disorders
An ulcer is a lesion in the lining of the stomach. Imbalances in the digestive fluids are generally to blame. Although many are actually caused by h. pylori, a bacteria found in the gut. One tablespoon of raw honey (preferably Manuka) combined with a ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, has been shown to offer considerable relief when taken daily.
Cholesterol comes in both good and bad forms. Honey is cholesterol free and is believed to be able to help keep cholesterol levels under control. Taking a honey and cinnamon mix regularly could lower the cholesterol in your blood thanks to its anti-oxidant properties.
According to #27 cholesterol isn’t the only thing honey can keep in check!
Honey is an aphrodisiac. It promotes testosterone in men and aids in estrogen usage in women. In fact, a study showed that three ounces of honey could increase levels of the arousal chemical, nitric oxide. Hippocrates prescribed honey for the purposes of sexual vigor and the induction of ecstasy, all the way back in 500 BC! He recommended that it be used as a sexual stimulant by combining it with pepper and ginger. Definitely something to think about before agreeing to take the little blue pill.
A 2011 study, published in the Journal of Neurophysiology showed that animals that took larger doses of honey demonstrated significant reduction in anxious behaviors and were in better control of their own bodies. The consumption was a one-time deal. This showed that honey can relieve anxiety as quickly as one dose! That’s great news.
#19 Athlete’s Foot
Tinea pedis, or athlete’s foot, is a skin disorder and is caused by a parasitic fungus. You can use propolis (a natural bee product) or honey for treatment of this irritating issue. Rub the foot with honey at night and then cover with an old sock. Wash the dried honey off in the morning. Repeat until the problem has been resolved.
#20 Detoxifying Needs
Lemon and honey water are great detoxification providers. Try drinking a glass of honey and lemon in the morning on an empty stomach. You could also go on a honey water fast if you are really devoted to completing a truly detoxifying procedure. That process will take three days and you can learn more about it here.
#21 Eczema & Rosacea
A persistent inflammation of the top layer of skin contributes to the symptomology known as eczema. Basically, the immune system is overreacting. There are three potential methods to deal with the issue:
- Apple honey and ground cinnamon applied to effected area
- Warm water mixed with half a lime and a teaspoon of honey ingested every morning for several weeks
- A glass of water combined with a teaspoon of honey and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar taken three times a day, with meals
Rosacea is best treated with the masks we discussed in #14. But if you have other scaly skin issues make sure you read #23.
#22 Gum Disease
Honey is a great anti-microbial that can effectively treat gum disease even if it sounds counterintuitive to apply sweet stuff to your teeth. Honey can deter the growth of the bacteria that causes dental plague and can ultimately reduce its presence, according to a 2015 study. Manuka honey is the best resource as it has the highest levels of anti-microbials.
#23 Treats Dandruff & Other Scalp Problems
Crude honey is very powerful. The honey needs to be diluted in water and then rubbed into the scalp, specifically focusing on problem areas. Leave it in for three hours and then rinse it out with warm water. Do this every other day for 2 weeks. A study performing the same procedures revealed complete healing and even a decrease in hair loss.
For help with other hair issues, look at #35.
The fructose in honey has been shown to speed up the livers ability to oxidize alcohol. This makes honey a confirmed sobering agent with better results than coffee! Mix 15ml of honey with 70ml of all-natural yogurt and 80ml of orange juice for the best hangover relief you’ve ever tasted.
Prescription medications are not your only answer for relieving stress. Honey’s nutrients can elicit a calming effect. If you add a decent amount of honey to your breakfast regimen, you might discover that the day’s stress has less of an impact on your emotional well-being.
#26 Workout Fuel
Honey is believed to have the ability to increase athletic performance. In fact, some people use it as an all-natural energy drink. Because there are only 17 grams of carbs in a tablespoon of honey, its fructose and glucose can act as a short-term source of energy.
#27 Regulates Blood Sugar
Although it seems highly unlikely that honey, a sugar, can regulate sugar, it is the balance of fructose and glucose that enables this anomaly to occur. The fructose in the honey sends the glucose straight to the liver where it becomes glycogen. This allows the major organs to function at optimal capacity and keeps the glucose out of the blood, which ultimately lowers blood sugar. Honey produces more liver glycogene than any other food based on per gram studies.
Honey’s effects on the body are incredible, just read #30!
Honey’s therapeutic properties are sometimes viewed as “mysterious.” But, it is the 4 species of Bifidobacterium and 6 species of lactobacilli found in different varieties of honey that contributes to its probiotic capabilities.
#29 Provides Nutrients
Honey includes an array of vitamins and nutrients in small doses. These vitamins and nutrients include: zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, iron, copper, magnesium, riboflavin, calcium, niacin, and pantothenic acid. If you switch your sugars to honey, you will be getting nutrients with your calories!
#30 Potentially Prevents Low White Blood Cell Count
During chemotherapy sessions, 40 percent of patients who took therapeutic honey, at two teaspoons daily, relieved their bouts with low blood cell counts (neutropenia). This study was performed by the Mayo Clinic. There’s another amazing benefit found in honey in #33.
#31 Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Some research performed in doctors’ offices and hospitals has revealed that Honey can kill antibiotic resistant bacteria. Specifically, they found it worked on: Salmonella, E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus.
#32 Honey for Herpes
Because Honey has been proven to provide great remedies for wounds, it is no wonder that it can assist in healing the sores associated with Herpes. It takes fluid from the wound and the sugar suppresses the growth of microorganisms. And, low levels of hydrogen peroxide are included in honey. Studies have shown that the topical use of honey is actually more effective than the prescription cream.
#33 Increases Calcium Absorption
When using a calcium supplement, research has shown that ingesting honey can aid in the absorption of the supplemental calcium. In fact, there is a 25% improvement rate when these are taken together. The raffinose, fructose, and glucose found in honey are given the credit for increasing the ability to absorb calcium.
#34 Increase Hemoglobin Count & Treat Anemia
Thanks to the iron, copper, and manganese found in raw dark honey, hemoglobin synthesis can be aided. Keep in mind that the darker the honey is, the better it is for you. Honey will also add that boost you need when dealing with anemia.
#35 Hair Conditioner
If you’ll create a mix of honey and olive oil, you will discover honey’s amazing ability to smooth and condition your hair. Plus, this is an all-natural method!
Surely you have found some great benefits of honey in this list. Feel free to share it with your friends!
Wait! We’ve got 15 More Odd Uses for Honey and #13 is Incredible!
You’ve enjoyed these radical ways to use honey thus far. So, why not keep reading and discover 15 more odd uses for honey? We guarantee that #7 will tempt you. But if that doesn’t, you won’t be able to resist #8. Oh, and #13 is incredible!
#1 Goat Cheese
Ok, so this one isn’t odd, unless you actually like goat cheese, which might be a little odd in and of itself. But, if you are ever in need of some fancy appetizer, put a round of goat cheese in a ramekin. Then cover it with walnuts and honey. Stick it into a 350˚ oven until the cheese and honey are soft. Line a tray with crackers or baguette slices and watch your guests enjoy.
#2 Remove parasites
You probably don’t want to be thinking about parasites right now, since you were just considering goat cheese. But, if you find yourself plagued by an illness that just won’t go away, try some honey. We recommend a blend of vinegar, water, and honey to get those critters gone!
Of course, #4 will probably taste better!
#3 Dry Elbows
You know you’ve got them. Now that you have been forced to admit it, try rubbing some raw honey on those scratchy babies. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash it off to enjoy new found smoothness.
You previously learned that honey can be used to counteract a hangover. Well, it can also be employed to make great cocktails. Some people call it the Bees’ Knees cocktail. But essentially, it’s honey, gin, lemon, and orange. Sounds yummy to us!
If you are looking for a healthier yum, #5 is just what you need.
#5 Preserve fruit
Your grandma probably made jam, but the new wave of preserves includes one part honey to ten parts water poured over the fruits of your labor. They call it a honey sauce. We just call it sweet!
Yep, mix two tablespoons of honey in your bathwater and watch your skin relax. Honey in the tub contributes to moisturized smoother skin. Plus, it smells great. It’s a marvelous option in the winter when the wind wreaks havoc on your skin.
And, speaking of body parts in need of care, don’t miss #10.
#7 Honey Marshmallows
We bet you never heard of that! But the truth is, commercial marshmallows include a lot of artificial stuff, and corn syrup. Why not make your own instead? You’ll need filtered water, gelatin, raw honey, vanilla extract, and salt. For the full recipe, go ==> here <==
#8 Dairy-free caramel sauce
Marshmallows not your thing? Fine, but who could pass up caramel? Imagine eliminating the dairy and refined sugar while feasting on delicious caramel sweetness (you could probably add some salt here). All you need is coconut milk, honey, salt, and vanilla extract. So, if you’re looking for the recipe, go here.
But, if you are enjoying making edible things with honey, don’t miss #9!
#9 Almond milk
Believe it or not, you can make your own almond milk. And, the stuff you make from home will be additive free unlike the kind you buy at the store. Make sure you’ve got honey, almonds, vanilla extract, and water and you’re well on your way to homemade almond milk!
Winter time plays rough. It dries out our skin and does significant amounts of damage to our hands. Sometimes our cuticles sustain the most injury. Thankfully, you can create your own homemade treatment of equal parts honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil. Rub the mixture into your cuticles then let your hands absorb the healing for 10 minutes before you wash it off.
Need some other bodily soothing? Keep reading because #13 is incredible.
#11 For Preppers
Stock up your doomsday prepping and zombie apocalypse storage with honey. Honey never spoils. It’s still edible when discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs. It has vitamins and other beneficial nutrients that make it a valuable commodity in emergency situations.
Some of us might appreciate #12 in that circumstance as well.
#12 Dark chocolate
With a mixture of cocoa powder, raw honey, and coconut oil, you can make your very own homemade dark chocolate. They are healthy and delicious!
#13 Razor burn
You know what that feels like. You’re in a hurry and you run that razor, dry, over the problem areas. Then, WHAM! You are covered with painful razor burn. Not to worry, honey can fix that. Just apply and let it hang around for 10-15 minutes for incredible pain relief.
Looking to take care of some other unsightly issues? The next two should meet your needs!
#14 Dark circles under your eyes
Apply the recipe we are about to share, twice weekly. Leave it on for 15 minutes and watch the dark circles fade. All you need is almond oil and raw honey in equal parts.
We bet you didn’t know that honey has some bleaching affects. So, application of honey to your scars can lighten their appearance. Just keep at it. It takes some time.
Thanks for checking out our additional 15 odd uses for honey. We hope you have found great value, and answers to common problems, here.
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