Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners in the world and I think that everyone should have a jar of honey in their kitchen anytime. Honey is one of our favorite natural remedies, as well as very delicious product. Apart from being a natural source of energy, honey is biologically valuable food for all ages.
Honey is actually a sweet food produced by bees, derived from the nectar of flowers. There are several types of honey such as flower honey, meadow honey, honey from fruit juices, forest honey and others. A drop of honey contains more than a hundred different substances, which are very useful to the human body. It would be great if you use honey as sweetener instead of sugar in milk or tea. One tablespoon of sugar has 46 calories, and the amount of calories in honey is much bigger – 64, but this is okay because we actually use less of it, since it’s sweeter than the sugar.
It is recommended to consume 2 to 4 tablespoons of honey daily. The health benefits of honey are many: it prevent cancer and heart diseases, reduces gastrointestinal disorders, reduces cough and throat irritation but also has great antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties. Here is our list of some interesting honey facts that you should know!
Honey is healthy
As we said, honey is very healthy for us. Honey is natural energy booster, it helps us to digest food, to lose weight, has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and is good for bone health. During one research on patients who had the presence of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (Gastroenteritis or anemia), the respondents took 30 ml honey, three times a day. 66% of respondents with gastroenteritis had significantly reduced symptoms and in 50% of those who were suffering from anemia the situation has improved.
Honey is medicinal
Honey is a natural remedy, which was regularly prescribed for health treatments many years ago. Nowadays honey is used to treat wounds, stomach ulcers and burns, because it has incredible antibiotic properties. If you apply honey on some wound, for 7-10 days you will achieve sterility of the wound and faster healing. But you need to change the wager of honey regularly, depending on the wound secretions. Also, honey is known to help relieve sore throats, when mixed with lemon juice.
Honey never spoils
Yes, that’s right. Honey is the only natural product that has an indefinite shelf life. Honey never goes bad, so you should never throw honey out. It can eventually crystallize over time, but that does not mean that it’s unsafe to use. Here is one interesting fact, in King Tut’s tomb was found honey that was still good to eat.
Honey is great for curing acne
If you have problematic skin prone to acne, forget about all those expensive treatments and products. Why don’t you try out this natural remedy: take a jar of organic honey, spoon some out in your hands and hold it for a few seconds. Then apply the honey on your face and wait for a few minutes. Rinse with warm cloth and you will soon notice the difference on your face. You can also try out a combination of honey and cinnamon to get rid of acne. Leave the mixture on your face for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Honey is soothing
Studies at Pennsylvania State University found that a spoonful of honey before bedtime provides quality sleep. So if you have any problems with anxiety and nervousness try honey. Honey will calm your nerves and will provide you a good sleep. Honey also soothes coughs and is more effective even than dextromethorphan, which is the active ingredient in many cough remedies.