A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down, but just a spoonful of honey makes needing medicine a thing of the past. The sweet golden treat produced by the bumble bees in the hive has been used as an alternative medicine, as well as a delicious snack since the reign of the pharaohs more than 2,500 years ago. Here are five natural benefits found in the stuff, making it the perfect ingredient to add to your day and improve your well-being!
1. Cough Suppressant Knock the persistent cough out of the park! Take two teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before heading to bed. Not only will it soothe your cough but it will help your body relax, allowing you to have a restful sleep. This natural cough suppressant works by coating the back of the throat and preventing the sensory nerves (coughing nerves) from being triggered. Although a temporary fix, it’ll give you the relief you need to squeeze in a nap or an exercise routine.
For those 21 and older with the most stubborn of coughs, brew yourself a Hot Toddy!
2 tbsp local honey
1 cup hot water
6 tbsp bourbon
Instructions: Mix ingredients together in your favorite coffee mug and let it steep for roughly five minutes. Add a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon to spice up your Toddy.
Allergies are the worst! With spring in full bloom, suffering from allergies is the last thing you want to happen. Take action before it’s too late! Visit a local beekeeper and purchase a jar of honey. The nectar and pollen that the bees collect from the regional flora and fauna help to make the bees’ delicious honey. The pollen that is present in the honey is enough to help you build an immunity to the allergen. Traveling to see my grandmother in the hay country of West Virginia, I suffered for weeks with coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose. Out of options and having used every brand of allergy medicine, I purchased a jar of the area’s local honey.Within the week, I was cured of all my ailments and back to hiking and kayaking in the Appalachian mountains.Add a teaspoon to your coffee and see how quickly you recover from those stubborn allergies.
3. Treating Injuries
Before rushing to your medicine cabinet for the disinfectant, open your pantry and grab some honey. Results from a study conducted in Norway suggest that it’s a natural remedy to kill strains of bacteria often found in wounds. Patients whose injuries had not been healed by conventional medicines, recovered clear of infections by topically applying honey to their wounds. Instructions: Smooth directly on a burn/wound or apply it to a strip of gauze. Leave the bandage on for up to 24 hours before removing and apply more if necessary.4. Workout Power
Going to the gym after a long day of work in the office can be a real struggle. You are lacking energy from the day and need carbohydrates to get yourself into gear. The best formula to fuel your workout is not packed and sold at GNC, it’s honey, and can be found at every local grocery store. Honey is loaded with 17 grams of carbohydrates, enough to help you power through an hour-long yoga session or an intense marathon training workout. Due to its healthier glycemic index, as compared to sugar, honey provides you with a stable energy source—no sugar high with a crash later on. Make the perfect before/after workout sports drink with honey and enroll in that yoga class today!
2 tbsp of honey
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar (trust me on this one)
1/2 cup orange juice
1 quart water
Instructions: Combine all the ingredients, do a little dance while shaking the mixture, and you’re all set!
5. Calm the Nerves If you are anything like me, you probably stress, get anxious, and become nervous several times throughout the week or month. Never fear: Honey can come to your rescue and rid you of the dreaded sweaty palms. Scientists conclude that as simple as a single dose could calm a person’s anxiety. Although the dosage that instantly cures nerves is a rather large one, just add a single tablespoon of honey to chamomile tea and let the calming effects go to work. Honey is one of nature’s best ingredients that improves your well-being, inside and out. While there is much more that this wonder elixir can do, please share your creative honey remedies so that everyone can know the buzz about honey!Did you love learning about the natural benefits of honey? Let us know how you feel in the comments below or email us your own blog to share!
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Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.