It hurts so much to find out about this. Are you wondering what hurts? I feel so hurt to find out that almost everything I don’t like has its health benefits.
I grew up in a home where honey is held in high esteem, I could remember my mum giving us a tablespoonful of honey, but I had never liked it because it always upset my stomach, so I had always avoided using it. However, recently, I found out the amazing health benefits of raw honey. What should I do? Should I continually hate it or I train myself to like it? Before you go on to advice, I would like you to read on to find out about honey and its health benefits.
Amazing Secrets You don’t Know about Honey.
Do you know that honey is a food made by bees for themselves? Do you know that to produce a pound of honey requires about 60,000 bees traveling up to 55, 000 miles and stopping by more than 2 million flowers to collect enough nectar?
After collection of nectar, they store it in their extra stomach where it is mixed with enzymes and passed to another bee’s mouth by bringing out swallowed nectar back into the mouth. Eventually, it is processed and digested into the honeycomb where the honey bees fan the nectar liquid with their wings till it evaporates into the water and turn into a thick substance that becomes “Honey”. Amazing, right?
Can you see why honey is a food made by bees for themselves? However, over the years it has become what humans enjoy. Thus, Honey is a liquid syrup produced by honeybees from plant nectar with different smells, colors, and tastes depending on the flower it was produced from.
What are the Health Benefits of Raw Honey?
Raw honey has numerous health benefits ranging from skin, hair, etc. Read on to find out the amazing benefits of honey.
1. Energy Booster
Honey can be used as a sweetener for tea, toast, baked goods, etc because it had a natural sugar that prevents tiredness as it contains glucose and fructose that helps boost and sustain your energy.
2. Cough Treatment
Taking two teaspoons of honey can help cure cough due to its antimicrobial properties that soothe the throat and get rid of bacteria that caused the cough.
3. Enhances Sleep
Do you have difficulty sleeping at night? Take raw honey or add to your tea. All it does is releases serotonin that boosts your mood and convert it into melatonin that rectifies your sleep.
In as much as I hate honey, I will be trying this out as soon as I get back to staying alone.
4. Cares For Wounds & Burns
It can be applied on wounds, burns, and cuts as first aid as it contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that prevent bacteria, decrease scar, swelling, or pain.
5. Relieves Hangover
Have you partied with drinks all night with your friends and colleagues? Do you feel heavy and nauseated after? All you need is teaspoons of honey to combat the hangover. The fructose contained makes this possible.
6. Prevent Heart Diseases
Raw honey boosts the polyphonic antioxidants in the blood that helps curb heart diseases
7. Weight Loss Remedy
If you’d love to reduce your weight, take honey before bed, it controls your appetite and burn up fat as you sleep or you mix honey with warm water and lime to be taken in the morning.
Raw honey works as a moisturizer for dry skin, hardened knees, and elbows, chapped lips, etc. During harmattan, rub honey on your face, then wash it off after 30 minutes.
9. Cures Dandruff
Applying honey to hair relieves the scalp and controls dandruff as well as prevents hair loss. Apply to your scalp with warm water, leave to sit for hours, then wash off.
10. Clears Blemishes
Honey has antifungal and antibacterial properties that prevent skin conditions like acne, eczema, etc. All you need to do is to apply raw honey to the spot, let it sit for 10-15minutes, then wash off with warm water.
11. Reduces Blood Pressure
Raw honey can regulate blood circulation in the body.
12. Boosts Cholesterol Levels
Raw honey can reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) that causes chest pain, stroke, and heart failure while it increases HDL (good cholesterol) during the clinical trial for diabetic patients.
13. Immunity Booster
Raw honey has properties that fight bacteria caused by fungi, viruses, etc which in turn boosts the immune and digestive system.
14. Enhances Memory
Consuming raw honey boosts human concentration, learning, and memory as it reduces stress in the brain while boosting the brain growth factors as well as preventing dementia.
15. Boosts Heart Health
Pumping of blood is important for humans, this is done through the arteries and once the artery is clogged, there is memory loss, heart failure, headache, etc. With raw honey, you can unclog the arteries, boost the immune cells, and prevent cardiac failure through the flavonoids antioxidants compound contained.
16. Stomach Cleansing.
Consuming raw honey on an empty stomach serves as an antiseptic that destroys germs in your stomachs, get rid of harmful bacteria in your digestive system, prevent gastric ulcer, kills wounds, and all other stomach diseases.
Raw honey has great health benefits, this is why your home should never lack it, let it be a sugar substitute. It works for your heart health, good sleeping health treats cough, controls dandruff, acne, eczema, etc. However, it should be consumed in moderation as it is safe for older kids, adults, but not for infants until they click one year. If you react to raw honey consumption, it is advisable to visit a medical practitioner.
After reading all of these health benefits, what is your advice to me? Should I try honey out again or avoid it?
What other health benefits of honey do you know that were not mentioned here and do you have any reactions when you consume raw honey? Share using the comment section.
For general fashion and lifestyle inspiration on Instagram, tap that Follow button – @stylishgwin_africa
See also: 8 Amazing Benefits of Lemon Peels