Health Benefits of Honey

Honey has been around since ancient time. It is widely used as natural remedy for certain skin and health issues and also as sugar substitute in meals. It has a sweet taste and is a lot healthier than sugar. 

When purchasing honey, it is better to go for raw honey because it contains more nutrients and antioxidants than processed or refined honey. Honey shouldn’t be given to children under 1 year because of risk of botulism.

  • Anticancer: Honey contains antioxidants which help combat carcinogenic cells.
  • Antibacterial and Antifungal: Some research studies have proved honey to be effective in treating infectious diseases because of the defensin 1 protein it contains, this also enable honey combat antibiotic resistant infections

  • Regulate blood sugar level: Though honey is sweet and contain natural sugar, it is safer in regulating blood sugar level than sugar, it doesn’t cause an insulin spike but should be used sparingly.
  • Relieves cough and sore throat: Honey has been proven to be effective in relieving cough and soothing sore throat, it is preferred to OTCs (Over The Counter) medications such as antihistamines which can cause drowsiness and other side effects.Make a mix of honey and lemon for natural cough remedy.
  • Wound management: Honey is used in some health care facility for dressing wound, this is because it prevent and fight infection and also aid wound healing.
  • Boosts energy: If you are feeling fatigued, instead of reaching for energy drinks that contain harmful ingredients, opt for honey instead, it will replenish your energy.
  • Promotes sleep: Suffering from insomnia? Put an end to the sleepnessless by adding honey to your tea or water or just take a tablespoonful of honey before bedtime. Honey contains tryptophan which is later converted to serotonin, serotonin is then converted to melatonin, an hormone that promotes sleep.
  • Burns management: Honey’s antibacterial properties, hygroscopic effect and hydrogen peroxide content makes it effective for burns management.
  • Brain health: The antioxidants in honey enhance cognitive function, boosts memory etc.
  • Improves immune system: Honey contains vitamin C and other antioxidants that can boost immune system and make you less susceptible to infections.
  • Prevent heart diseases: Honey lowers triglycerides level, prevents heart attack and can improve blood circulation.

    Do you take honey? Do you know other health benefits of honey? Please share your experience with honey in the comment box. Thanks so much for reading.

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    96 comments

    1. I will call this” the post of a Nurse” thumbs up!!!!!!
      I use honey for my patient who is diabetic and it doesn’t reflect so much on her blood sugar.
      Honey works for weight reduction. grate ginger and lemon juice in a cup, add hot water then add honey to make tea. Take first thing in the morning. ..well it worked for me.
      I mix honey with my body cream that is basically shea butter and olive oil or coconut oil. Now my skin glows.
      I mix honey with my other deep conditioning ingredients
      Hmmmmmmm……… that’s all I can think of now

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      • Lol, thanks so much Rebecca….. Honey is way better than sugar….. I bet the combo of ginger, lemon and honey is gonna work so much, gonna try it out.
        Honey has also improve my complexion, I use it in exfoliating and sometimes add to my body cream which is also Shea butter and coconut oil.
        I also add to my deep conditioning mix as well.

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    2. wonderful compilation πŸ™‚ Honey works wonders in reducing sun burns and dark spots. According to Ayurveda (Indian system of medicine) honey aids in healthy digestion and boosts metabolism hence aiding in weight management!

      -91coffeegirl ( this is my another blog )

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    3. Honey is very useful, I use it as a facial mask, combine it with other ingredients for exfoliating and deep conditioning. The honey and lemon therapy for cough is also very effective. Unfortunately, I CANNOT stand the taste of honey on its own, but it’s still very useful….LOL. Nice postπŸ‘

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    4. Honey has so many benefits! I recently found out about its ability to stop the insect bites I got at the beach from itching any longer. A bit of honey on each spot and I had relief, naturally πŸ™‚

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    5. what a great article. I keep telling myself I need to start using honey instead of sugar. We have a little hobby farm and lately Ive been thinking we should get into bee keeping. Need to do some more research but having fresh honey would be amazing!

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    6. Honey is extremely beneficial. In treatment of abscess after incision & drainage using honey provides better healing. Though it’s very important to know when not to use it for example never give honey to a child below 1 yr due to risk of botulinum poisoning.

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