Hippocrates once said that “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Wait, what does this even mean? It’s simple, actually. There are foods that go way back, such as garlic, ginger and even mushroomsthat have a lot of medicinal benefits, aside from adding flavor and texture to your meals, of course. And when it comes to food with a purpose, honey should always be included in the list.
If you have been paying attention in your World History class, ancient Egyptians used honey as their religious offering to the gods. At the same time, honey was used as a skincare product – hence the honey and milk bath – not just by Egyptians, but also by other cultures because of its many benefits. In fact, ancient athletes even used honey to enhance their endurance levels and boost their performance.
So,aside from making your food sweeter and your bath time more relaxing, what else can honey do for you? Read on to find out about the many weird and wonderful uses for honey.
1. A quick hangover remedy.
Did you have a bit too much to drink last night? Or maybe it’s been a while since your last sip, so a bottle of beer made you want to break walls? Don’t worry.
Even if you can’t remember what actually happened the night before, honey is here to the rescue and can cure your hangover and make that headache go away.
Thanks to its fructose properties, honey can speed up the metabolism of alcohol, so you’ll get rid of that headache from the night that was. All you need is to take a few spoonfuls of honey, spread it on toast and you’re good to go. Or to help your body recover, add honey into your favorite tea to allow your body to re-hydrate.
Or better yet, take it easy on the alcohol. You might slip and slide, which might give you scars and the last thing you need is to wonder where the hell did you get the bruises and cuts from?
2. An Energy Booster
There’s a reason why athletes in the olden days use honey. According to Richard Kreider, principal investigator of the University of Memphis Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory,
they found out that supplementing the cyclists with honey or dextrose gel resulted in a better performance and more cycling power than those who didn’t take anything.
In short, if you’re thinking of boosting your energy levels naturally, then adding honey to your diet plan is just the best solution. It doesn’t matter whether you spread it on your toast or mix it with your tea. The point is having a dash of honey before you zoom out of the house will give you some energy to get the job done.
And if you’re thinking of going on a hard training program, that’s exercise, sweetheart, taking honey will benefit you a lot, too.
3. A Sleep Enhancer
Do you often find yourself tossing and turning in bed at night? Are you always jealous to hear your partner snoring soundly,
while you’re still up and trying to get a decent night’s sleep, despite the noise? Then maybe you need some honey to boost your sleep.
The next time you go to the grocery store, get yourself some honey. It helps reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body that make it difficult for you to visit dreamland.
Or add a bit of honey to a cup of warm milk – see, honey and milk really go well together – and drink it before you hit the sack. This helps you relax and calm down as you prepare your body to doze off.
And for the insomniacs out there, dab a bit of honey io your tongue. This will help you relax and get you ready for bed, too.
4. A Weight Loss Master
If you’re trying to lose weight, most people who don’t-know-what-they’re-saying-but-claim-they-read-something-somewhere will tell you to stay away from sugar and anything sweet.
This is partly true,since there are certain types of sugar that are good for your body. Case in point – honey.
Drinking warm water with lemon and honey on an empty stomach everyday for the rest of your life is the prime component of all weight loss programs.
In fact, it is the best and simplest way to cleanse your liver, remove all toxins and flush out fat from your body. Or if you are serious in losing weight and getting that perfect body, replace refined sugar and artificial sweeteners with honey.
So, if you really want to turn your flabs into toned abs and give ScarJo a run for her money, take honey as an everyday habit. Just be careful on how much you’ll take, since too much of it can be bad for your belly, too.
5. An Immune System Booster
Oops, you didn’t see that one coming, right? You might say that honey is just about adding sweetness to your food, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Did you know that honey is also rich in powerful antioxidants that can help you boost your immune system? At the same time, honey has great antibacterial properties that can help fight various conditions such as the flu, the common cold and even a sore throat.
And if you are working in an area that is often exposed to germs, bacteria or toxins, honey can be your first line of defense.
And the best part? It’s very easy to prepare. Just add one to two tablespoons of honey to warm water and drink it everyday as soon as you wake up. Perfect, especially during the cold and flu season.
6. A Bad Breath Fighter
Okay, this is another weird use of honey. And admit it, you were quite surprised to even see bad breath as among the conditions which honey can address.
How is that even possible?
Remember, honey has antibacterial properties. Since bad breath is also caused by bacteria thriving inside your mouth, which is really yucky by the way, it is safe to say that honey can fight them, too.
And if you are suffering from chronic bad breath problems and you’re too embarrassed or poor to buy mouthwash, just sprinkle cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey on top of your toast to combat that bad breath in no time.
But, this doesn’t mean you should eat toast for the rest of your life or stop brushing your teeth. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is still the foundation of good oral hygiene.
7. A Heart Lover
Did you know that cardiovascular disease is among the top killers in the world today? Yes, you read that right. Aside from regular exercise and healthy diet, there is one simple solution that can reduce your risk of heart disease.
Meet honey – yes that great stuff bees prepare to give nutrition to members of the hive. According to a 2009study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, honey improves blood circulation and prevents the clogging of arteries. At the same time, it reduces bad cholesterol and increases the good cholesterol levels to prevent build-up of plaque.
This can promote healthy heart and reduce your risk against heart diseases.
8. An Effective Wound Care Ointment
When you were younger, playing outside with your friends may have seemed like the best thing you could do. You would spend the rest of your afternoon playing hopscotch, tag, hide and seek or jump rope.
Apparently, you were one of the clumsy ones, so you’d always end up getting cuts, scrapes and bruises from too much rough playing. And your mom probably worried about you ruining your precious legs, as if you’re going to compete for Miss America or something.
It’s a good thing your mom was into natural remedies, because all she needed was soap and water and then some honey applied to the wounded area. It helps reduce swelling and pain and promotes rapid tissue repair, thanks to its antibacterial properties, of course.
9. An Acne Remover
Teenage years may be the most awkward years of your life. It’s a time where either you’ll grow tall or not, get boobs or still look like a ten-year old, develop a smaller waist or maintain that belly fat or of course, there’s acne.
And that’s not all. You may get rid of acne eventually, but you’ll always be reminded that once upon a time, you had them, no thanks to acne scars.
Unfortunately, you didn’t discovered the wonders of honey at that time. Honey, particularly raw honey, absorbs the impurities from the pores on your skin and acts as a cleansing agent. It is also a natural antiseptic that soothes and heals your skin to get rid of those ugly, and even painful pimples.
All you need is to apply raw honey or organic honey on the affected area and then leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes. This simple trick will kiss acne goodbye in no time.
10. A Super Scar Fader
Nobody wants scars. They’re a great reminder that sometime in your life, you had acne or was a victim of burns, or got into an accident that required surgery to save your life.
On the other hand, some view scars as a testament of strength, only to be a bit dramatic.
Anyway, scars are meant to stay with you forever. But if you want to at least lighten them and prefer to go the natural way, honey can lend a helping hand. Honey has a bleaching effect that can dramatically fade old or new scars, minus the side effects.