Ok, so maybe “cure-it-all” is stretching it a bit, but did you know that honey is not only a fantastic food that tastes great but is also a natural healer?
If you have honey in your pantry, you already have one of nature’s best medicines. Honey has healing properties that are antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic, capable of fixing many problems. But before you go using it for various ailments, make sure what you have is real honey. Many honeys sold on grocery store shelves are really just corn syrup and sugar and not honey at all. A bottle of honey should contain one ingredient: honey. Once you know you have that, here are some ailments and some of the ways honey can help us heal.
Make a nice paste to massage into aching joints by mixing water and honey in equal proportions along with a teaspoon of cinnamon. For many people, this reduces arthritis pain in 20-30 minutes. You can also add honey and cinnamon to your drinking water to help relieve symptoms from the inside as well as eat a tablespoon of honey each day to help reduce inflammation.
Studies have shown that honey could help your heart health. Honey supposedly slows the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol in our system, and the antioxidants could be as good at fighting heart disease as some fruits and vegetables. Add a few teaspoons to your favorite beverage each day if your heart needs the help!
Warm water with honey not only helps soothe sore throats but it may also help alleviate coughs, too. The antioxidants can’t hurt, either.
As with a regular old cold, honey can help with sore throats and coughing fits. But ginger tea with honey can do wonders to make you feel better when suffering with the flu.
High cholesterol? Honey can help. Small amounts consumed daily can help lower bad cholesterol and raise antioxidant levels. Can’t hurt to add a little honey to the daily diet.
Before you reach for that Pepto-Bismol, why not try using honey first? Ginger tea with honey always helps my stomach calm down, and a big tablespoon of honey can help in a pinch if you don’t have any tea available.
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