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Health Benefits of Honey

July 16th, 2009

honey-health-benefits.jpgPeople are turning to alternative medicines for treatment of diseases despite the modern advances in synthetic drugs. We are looking to nature for safe, healthy, time tested remedies. Honey is one of nature’s purest foods for promoting general health. There are so many specific health benefits to honey; it truly is nature’s super food. You might be surprised to learn that it is a natural antimicrobial and antioxidant. In terms of antioxidants, darker is better when it comes to honey. Processed honey is heated and filtered, robbing it of natural nutrients. Honey has also been used throughout the ages as an all natural beauty product.

Honey is a powerful booster to the immune system. Raw honey contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids, and 5,000 live enzymes. It keeps you healthy by fighting disease and boosting the digestive system. One daily spoonful in your tea or spread on your toast is all that is needed to reap these benefits.

Honey has been used to treat wounds for thousands of years. The antiseptic properties of honey will clean wounds and inhibit bacterial growth. Its natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties aid in treating cuts and burns. It promotes healing, reduces swelling, and prevents infections. However, the typical grocery store honey will probably not have most of the healing benefits you want. On the other hand, manuka honey contains the most potent antibacterial properties. Manuka bushes are a type of evergreen plant grown in Australia and New Zealand.

If you are trying to lose weight, honey can be a beneficial additive to your diet. Unlike refined sugar, honey actually contains vitamins and minerals. The body must utilize its store of valuable nutrients to digest refined sugar. This process depletes the supply of minerals essential to dissolve cholesterol and fats. Honey helps metabolize cholesterol and fatty acids, thus helping to prevent obesity. You can make a “diet drink” by adding honey and lemon to a glass of water.

Cleopatra, the famous Queen of Egypt, was no stranger to the skin enhancing properties of honey. She regularly took milk and honey baths to maintain her youthful appearance. Honey as a natural beauty product has unlimited possibilities. It can be used as a facial mask, hair conditioner, skin moisturizer, and more. It has natural humectants with the ability to replenish the moisture level in skin without adding oil.

Honey is also a popular anti-aging skin care ingredient in many commercial moisturizers. Using honey as a facial mask will exfoliate, clarify, and unclog pores. Honey is a wonderful deep conditioning treatment for dry hair. After shampooing, smooth honey through your hair from root to tip. Be sure to rinse it out completely. Your hair will be left soft, bouncy, and full of shine.

There are very few foods in the world that can rival honey as an all natural health aid. It is antibacterial, antiviral, and will keep your immune system strong. Used on cuts and burns it will promote healing and deter scarring. Honey is also an age old beauty product that will keep you looking young and beautiful. It never expires and can be found in nearly every grocery store.


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