Humans and honey share a long history together. Raw honey is one of nature’s most useful healing aids, both internally and topically. Hippocrates himself called it “liquid gold”. It is the only food that will not spoil. A jar of honey can remain edible for over 3000 years! Archeologists have found honey that is still edible in Egyptian tombs.
Honey is a “functional food”, meaning it is a natural food with health benefits. It comes complete with antioxidants, enzymes, and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, iron and zinc. It also has vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, and pantothenic acid.
Here are some benefits and uses:
- Electrolyte Replacement – Add 1 tablespoon of raw honey and a pinch of Himalayan or sea salt to 2 cups of your favorite herbal tea. This a great way to replace the electrolytes you lose from sweating.
- Burn Treatment – For minor burns, cool the burned area with cold water or ice and apply regular raw honey or raw Manuka Honey to the area. Or try a medical-grade honey like Medihoney. Wrap the area with a plastic wrap and change every few hours.
- Wound Treatment – Honey’s natural antibacterial properties make it an effective wound treatment. Use the raw honeys above or Medihoney on minor cuts and scrapes instead of conventional antibacterial ointments.
- Face Wash – I mostly use the oil cleansing method to wash my face that I wrote about here, but I’m also in favor of the Honey Cleansing Method too, especially for very sensitive skin. Honey is a naturally antibacterial and will not strip your skin of its natural oils. This method will not remove make-up like the oil cleansing method, but it’s a nice way to wash and moisturize your face in the morning or anytime you don’t need to remove make-up. And, it leaves your skin feeling super soft!
- Lip Balm – Mix raw honey and coconut oil and use to moisturize your lips and protect them from toxins. Try not to keep licking if off!
- Parasites-Be-Gone – To help get rid of any nasty parasites hanging around in your system, add 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar is my favorite choice.
- Hangover Cure – One too many? End the night with a glass of honey water. Add 1-2 tablespoons to a glass of water. Do the same first thing the next morning. Honey has been proven to actually help the body break down alcohol and get it out of your system faster.
- Sleep Aid, or…Why You Might Want to Keep Honey on Your Nightstand – Having trouble getting to sleep?… or… Do you wake up between 2 am and 4 am and can’t fall back asleep? Try this simple remedy that is most effective — Take a spoonful of raw, organic honey and sprinkle it with about a half a teaspoon or so of Himalayan or sea salt. It almost guarantees instant sleep. Here’s the science behind this method.
- Allergy Relief – Honey can help desensitize and counter seasonal allergies caused by pollen. The key is to buy unprocessed, local honey from the area in which you live. The bees collect the pollen and nectar from the localized plants and flowers that can cause allergies. And the theory is, if you start by taking small amounts of locally produced honey and work up to a larger amount, you will help desensitize yourself and reduce or eliminate allergies caused by the pollen in your area.
- Emergency Kit – If you ever need an emergency food supply, raw honey is the perfect emergency food. It contains beneficial vitamins and live enzymes and it provides a perfect balance of natural sugars. And it never spoils. it’s a great idea to keep a good amount of honey on hand at home or even in your car.
BEE Well 🙂
This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!