Tossing around with goodness when honey is on your plate!

From fighting dandruff and drunkenness to treating coughs and cuts, honey is a powerhouse of health benefits. It is a gift by nature to humanity.

Its appearance note:

There are some undeniably enchanting facts about honey.  The product of flower nectar transformed by bees, as if by alchemy – but in fact through the beautiful act of throwing up into a sweet, golden elixir. It has held its bigger impact on human beings since ancient times.

A box of goodness:

Honey has a seductive color and flavor and known for its scientific superpowers that add to its appeal. It has an unusual chemical composition, which helps it in being harmless in nature. It is uniquely low in moisture and extremely acidic. This makes it a forbidding environment object for bacteria and microorganisms. On top of that, bees add an enzyme, glucose oxidase to it that creates hydrogen peroxide as a by-product.

1A medicinal boon

Ancient Chinese, Roman, Greek,Egyptian, Indian or Persian medicines of all nativities used honey in their ingredients for various treatments. Still, it continues. It seems to be its value remains immortal. Experts claimed that it is hygroscopic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial in nature. There has been evidence that it was used for curing and preparing medicines in ancient times. Egyptians have a history of using it regularly to treat skin and eye problems. It is a flavoured gift for adding sweetness to cakes and to treat many problems like cancer. Now it is really important to include this God’s gift into our food habits. This could be used  as a replacement to artificial sweeteners or sugars.It invariably soothes coughs

2How honey soothes coughs

One of the studies found that buckwheat honey outperformed the cough suppressant, dextromethorphan (DM). It helps in calming nighttime coughs in children. This improves their sleep. It is proved that children who received two teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before bed coughed less frequently. They were less likely to lose sleep due to a cough when compared to those who didn’t get honey.

Try this: – Drinking tea or warm lemon water mixed with honey is a time-honored way to soothe a sore throat. From ancient times, Indian physicians had been prescribing lukewarm water blended with lemon drops and a spoon of honey clears chest, clears stomach. This has to be taken in the early morning before taking anything including tea or anything.

3Boosts memory

After a certain time in life, we start to lose our memory power, especially women after their menopause. In one of the studies,  healthy women of menopausal age were assigned to consume 20 grams of honey a day. They were also asked to  take therapy containing oestrogen and progesterone. After four months, those who took it or hormone pills recalled about one extra word out of 15 presented on a short- term memory test. That said, some critics of the study say that it wasn’t scientifically sound because it was small and didn’t last long.

Try this: – Taking two teaspoons of honey in the morning can greatly boost your memory power and help you retain things better.

4Treats wounds

In numerous studies, honey has been found effective in treating wounds. As compared to conventional treatment, healing with it was found to be more effective. This can be used  in treating and healing wounds, where unprocessed honey can be used. Wounds that were sterile at the outset remained sterile until healed. The ones infected wounds and ulcers became sterile within one week of applying honey.

Try this: – Honey is applied directly or in a dressing which is usually changed every 24 to 48 hours.

5Provides nutrients

One of the nutrient studies found that it contains “small amounts of a wide array of vitamins and minerals. This  includes niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium and copper.  It also contains iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.”

Try this: – Use honey instead of sugar will provide you with more nutrients.

6Potentially prevents low WBC count

Honey may be a promising and inexpensive way to prevent low white blood cell count caused by chemotherapy. In the condition where chemotherapy is given during cancer treatment our body loses most of its white blood cells but at the same time if you are regularly taking 1 tablespoon of honey in an interval of 3 hours will help you re-gain your white blood cell count. So this the therapeutic effect of it during chemotherapy. More research is needed, but the remedy could hold great potential.

Try this: – Take 1 tablespoon of honey immediately after 7 hours of completion of chemotherapy.

7May relieve seasonal allergies

Many people swear by its ability to lessen symptoms of seasonal allergy. As it has anti-inflammatory effects and is known to soothe coughs, it may not seem like much of a stretch.  But honey’s efficacy for treating allergy hasn’t been proven in clinical studies. Some experts say that honey can contain traces of flower pollen, and exposure to small amounts of allergens works as a good treatment to combat reactions. Whether it can be proven by science or not is one thing; but at its worst, it makes for a delicious placebo.

Try this: – Taking warm water and honey in an empty stomach will help reduce the effect of allergies.

8Kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria

In clinical studies, medical grade honey has been shown to kill foodborne illness pathogens like E.coli and salmonella, as well as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, both of which are common in hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Try this: – Your gut will be happy if you are taking 5-8 tbsps of honey every week.

9Cleanses skin pores

The enzymes present in raw honey clarify skin and keep pores clear and clean. Also, the antibacterial properties of this and jojoba or coconut oil prevent bacterial build-up that can lead to skin imbalances and breakouts.

Try this: – Stir one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons jojoba oil or coconut oil. Wait until the mixture is a spreadable consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin, and massage gently in a circular motion, avoiding your eye area. Rinse with tap water.

10Fades out your scar

Honey is said to lighten skin, due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds.  These help to decrease the appearances of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration. The hydrating properties of this and coconut oil or olive oil will also help revive skin cells.  While regular, gentle massaging will increase circulation to aid skin recovery and cell turnover.

Try this: – Mix one teaspoon raw honey with one teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil. Apply to the affected area, and massage with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion for one to two minutes. Place a hot washcloth over your skin, and let sit until cool. Repeat daily.

11Resolves scalp problems and dandruff

There was a study involving patients with chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.  The participants were asked to apply honey diluted with 10 percent warm water to their problem areas.  and leave it on for three hours before rinsing with warm water. In all  the patients, the itching was relieved and scaling disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were completely healed within two weeks. The patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss as well.

Try this: – Apply this weekly for about six months, patients showed no sign of relapse.

Authors note: All of that said, there are two important things to remember about honey. One, just because it proffers numerous health benefits doesn’t mean it’s not caloric.  One tablespoon yields 64 calories. Also, it’s crucial to remember that honey is not appropriate for children younger than 12 months. This is because it can contain the bacteria that causes infant botulism.