The main ingredient in honey is fructose (sugar from fruit source), which gives it long lasting durability. Compared to white sugar, fructose decomposition in the body is more slowly, resulting in a moderate increase in blood sugar levels. Honey also contains proteins, minerals (such as iron, copper, phosphorus, potassium and sodium), enzymes and vitamins, especially B group.
Honey color varies between the different types. Darker color indicates that the antioxidants level is higher. It is important to note that heating honey over 40 degree Celsius may destroy its health properties.
Using honey, and not just for eating, is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health. Aside from eating, you can use honey in several additional ways to benefit your health:
1. Cold and flu
A traditional drink for cold or flu is hot water with honey, lemon, cinnamon and ginger. It is recommended to drink it every two hours. See my recipe for cleansing ginger lemon tea. Find more natural ways to stay free from cold and flu here.
2. Cough, sore throat and chest infections
Honey is used in many homemade syrups to treat cough and chest infections. Find here an easy to make homemade syrup to relieve sore throat and cough that contains only 3 ingredients. Another great recipe is garlic syrup for chest infections which also contains honey.
3. Acne and skin breakouts
Apply a drop of natural honey on the pimples before going to sleep and it will disappear almost overnight because of its anti-bacterial properties. Also honey dries wounds and prevents skin irritation and inflammation. Read my related article about natural treatments for acne.
4. Wounds and burns
A gauze smeared with honey provides a moist environment for the skin, helps prevent infections, removes odors and reduces inflammation. Find here more homemade minor burn treatments.
5. Dry skin
Honey is an excellent ingredient to use in the bath thanks to its healing and softening properties. You can apply it directly on rough skin, or dissolve the honey in the water and add the mixture to the bath water. Find here how to make great and easy homemade honey face masks.
6. Dry lips
Apply a little honey on dry or chapped lips, and leave it for a few minutes to soften them. If you have more time, you can make this great lip balm which also contains honey.
Apply honey directly on the affected area. This will help to address the problem quickly. Find more natural treatments for gingivitis here.
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