Honey - Nature's Best Medicine?
Is honey good for you? Considering that honey is sweet, golden and delicious, it may be a little hard to believe that there could also be a plethora of health benefits of honey to go with it, but there are! Honey is one of the oldest medicinal substances known to man - even the ancient Egyptians knew that honey was good for your health, and useful in treating a variety of ailments.
Read on for the truth about why honey is good for you, honey-based remedies for simple health complaints, and a few bits of honey trivia along the way. You'll soon find that there's not much honey can't do!
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5 Reasons Honey is Good For You
Honey is a natural sweetener - it's easier for the body to use than white sugar or other processed sugar substitutes. Great for diabetics!
It contains a number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, zinc and potassium.
It's antibacterial properties are so strong that honey never, ever spoils. Remember those Ancient Egyptians we talked about? Their honey is still good.
When applied to the skin, it clears away breakouts, pimples and evens out oiliness and dryness. It's the ultimate face mask!
It's gentle on the stomach because it's pre-digested by bees, and can be used to help a number of digestive complaints.
Honey Can Clear Skin Problems
You might have heard of manuka honey - it's the stuff health professionals and beauty experts rave about! In addition to the normal antibacterial properties common to all honeys, manuka honey contains small amounts of other (perfectly safe) compounds which actively help clear up a variety of skin conditions. It's been proven to be effective in fighting acne, clearing up rashes caused by bacteria (including athlete's foot) and also helps in reducing the severity of sunburn and minimising the appearance of newer burn scars.
Manuka honey can be used every day in the same way you'd use a moisturiser with no ill effects. In fact, you'll look and smell great! (Perfect for attracting fellow honey lovers).
You can also eat it, but it doesn't taste as good as some other honeys. It's as effective as any other honey in relieving internal complaints, though.
Local Honey Helps With Hayfever
If you suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies, and can get your hands on some locally produced raw honey, do so. Raw honey contains small amounts of local pollens, so you get just a small amount of exposure every time you eat it. If you make it a regular part of your diet, you can lessen your sensitivity to pollens, and be much happier over the spring!
Honey might be good for you, sure, but do you actually want to eat it? Feel free to comment!