There isn’t any single magical cure-all ingredient that is found in nature, but honey comes pretty darn close. Lots of people confine their jar (or plastic bear) of honey to the kitchen cupboard for tea, but there are lots of other healthy things you can do with the sticky stuff.
How Is Honey Made?
Everybody knows that honey comes from bees, but few people truly understand how it’s made. It all begins when bees land on certain types of flowers and suck nectar out of them. Honey bees turn nectar into honey through processes of regurgitation and evaporation, and then they store it in honeycombs inside beehives.
Bees actually have special honey stomachs that are separate from their food stomachs to make this happen. They’re also all about teamwork, as older bees typically find the flowers and collect the nectar while younger bees turn the nectar into honey.
Nutrition Benefits of Honey
With about 64 calories per tablespoon, honey is a nutritious natural sweetener that is easily absorbed into the bloodstream. If you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight, honey is better sweetener than sugar because it contains much more than just empty calories. Some of the most important nutrients that honey contains are niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and thiamin.
These are some of the potential health benefits of eating honey:
- Aids digestion
- Controls cholesterol
- Boosts immune system functioning
- Boosts memory and energy
Honey and Skin Care
Honey is a wonderful part of any natural beauty regimen, and there are lots of face masks, cleansers, and moisturizers that use honey as a main ingredient. Many holistic practitioners and dermatologists recommend honey for acne because it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Honey’s antibacterial properties in particular are well-documented in medical research studies.
Honey Facial Cleanser
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp. liquid soap
- 1/2 cup glycerin
- Apply to face using a soft sponge
- Rinse with warm water and pat face dry.
Honey and Hair Care
Similarly, your hair loves honey too…especially when you make your own DIY conditioners and rinses at home! Honey is great for people who have dandruff because it helps heal scalp dryness and lesions.
Honey Shine Rinse
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 quart warm water
- After shampooing, rinse through hair
- Allow to set for 45 minutes
- Rinse out thoroughly with warm water
- Enjoy a healthy, natural shine!
Natural Honey Remedies
Honey has also shown great promise for easing the symptoms of many common illnesses. Many people swear by a daily dose of honey to control their seasonal allergies. According to medical studies, honey inhibits the growth of some viruses, helps heal lesions, and has significant cardiovascular benefits too.
These are some of the other common ailments that honey may help rescue you from:
- Sore throat or use Olive Leaf Throat Spray
- Wound care or Cut & Wound Remedy
- Gastrointestinal tract blockage or Nopal Cactus
- Gingivitis and other dental diseases
- Acid reflux
You’ve probably heard that local honey is best, but do you really understand why?
There are a lot of different factors that go into honey-making because each time that a bee visits a flower to start the process is unique. Honey that is produced in your area contains nutrients that can stimulate your immune system to localized allergens and environmental conditions.
Not sure where to find honey made by bees nearby? Check out the National Honey Board’s website to search for suppliers by state!