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The Benefits of Honey

March 14, 2016

Did you know that honey had major health benefits? It’s true!! It’s not only good for sore throats, the health benefits are amazing and I will share those with you today.

Honey can help with wounds: raw, unprocessed honey contains a natural antibiotic that has been proven to be effective against infectious organisms. First step is to clean the wound, then apply a smooth thin layer of honey, followed by a bandage. Reapply the honey and change the bandage twice daily.

Sensitivities and Intolerances: to handle sensitivities such as allergies it is best to be sure to look for local honey. Look for honey that is made by bees in your locality. Eating it regularly will help desensitize you to pollens in your environment.

Coughs: colds, flu, allergies or irritation to the bronchial tubes are the primary causes of coughs. If your cough brings up mucus, it should not be suppressed because this is the way the body expels mucus and bacteria from the lungs. Dry coughs, are generally non-productive and only irritate the bronchi further. Use raw honey to make an herbal cough syrup. Honey thins the mucous secretions, and soothes a raw throat. try making this cough syrup for relief:

Cough Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp aniseed
  • 1 tbsp dried licorice root
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup honey

Simmer the aniseed and licorice root in the water in a covered pot for 15 min. Remove from heat, add the thyme, cover and steep until room temperature. Strain and add the honey, warming the tea gently, if necessary, to dissolve the honey. This tea can be stored in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator, where it will keep for about 3 months. To relieve cough, take 1 teaspoon as often as needed.

Skin Care: honey can be used as a facial scrub or mask for all skin types. When mixed with yogurt it makes a wonderful scrub. The yogurt contains skin smoothing lactic acid, the honey is moisturizing and healing, finely ground almonds and oats add gentle exfoliating action and lavender essential oil is balancing for all skin types. You can also make a mask with honey and lavender essential oil. The honey is an excellent moisturizer that doesn’t leave the skin feeling oily.

Acne and Blemished Skin: raw, unprocessed honey is excellent for oily, blemished sking because of it antibacterial properties. It also has the ability to moisterize the skin without making it oily. A honey mask combines cosmetic clay, raw-unprocessed honey and lavender essential oil. The cosmetic clay absorbs excess oil from the skin and draws toxins out of the skin. The lavender essential oil calms and soothes skin inflammation and helps heal blemishes.

Sunburns: spending an hour in the early morning or later afternoon sun is healthy for your body and spirit, but too much sun can cause serious skin damage. It is important to wear sunscreen and protective clothing between 10am and 4pm. If you do happen to get sunburned, preparing a honey mask will help. The honey will moisturize, and when add with aloe vera it will help cool and heal the burned skin. Also added to the mask is lavender essential oil which also helps heal the burns and helps the production of healthy skin cells.

Honey Mask:

  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 2 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Mix the ingredients. Dampen your face with cool water; apply the mask to your skin and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

Lip Care: your lips do not have oil glands, so it’s very important to protect them from the sun, wind and cold weather. Almond oil and beeswax create a barrier against wind and cold. Honey helps the lips to retain moisture. Here’s an easy lip balm to make:

  • 4 tbsp almond oil
  • 1 tbsp grated beeswax
  • 1 tsp honey

Warm the almond oil and beeswax in a small pan over very low heat until the wax melts. Remove from the heat and add the honey and stir thoroughly. Pour into a small, wide-mouthed glass jar. Allow to cool, stirring occasionally to keep the mixture from separating. Store in a cool place, apply a small amount to lips as often as desired.

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