Who doesn’t like honey? It is sweet, has health benefits and attracts cartoon bears named Pooh. Loaded with antibacterial and antifungal properties, 1 teaspoon of raw honey contains 64 calories, is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free according to the National Honey Board. This “liquid gold” as some call it, was used as a sweetener long before sugar was introduced in the 16th century and before that was used for several medicinal purposes. Honey can be used to help aid recovery from several ailments including:
Dandruff– Thanks to honey’s antibacterial and antifungal properties, it can also treat seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, which are often caused by an overgrowth of fungus. When diluted with warm water, honey’s anti-inflammatory properties also helps with redness and itching on the scalp.
Wounds and burns– Manuka honey has been proven to help aid skin recovery by topically applying honey on wounds and leg ulcers according to a 2005 study done by the British Journal of Surgery.
Skin Care – A bee’s diet consists primarily of honey, and any honey not consumed by the bees or in the raising of brood is stored as surplus and is ultimately consumed in the winter months when no flowers are available. However, it is honey’s other use in skincare that interest me – its conversion into beeswax! When blended into creams and skin care lotions, Beeswax forms a protective barrier against irritants on the surface of the skin, while still allowing the skin to breathe. Its excellent properties as a skin softening emollient and a humectant to lock in moisture – made it the perfect ingredient to add to my Renewal Eye Cream. Rich in Organic Botanical Oils, this luxurious Renewal Eye Cream will provide the skin with deep moisture as well as reduce pigmentation and environmental damage surrounding the delicate eye area
Allergies– Locally produced honey contains plant spores from your area that help your body acclimate by activating your immune system. Over time, your body grows immunity over these allergens.
Sore throat– Using honey as a cough suppressant works by adding a thick film on your throat walls which relieves irritation. Since honey is also antibacterial, it fights against any chance of infections.
Need some alleviation from a cough quickly and want a good night sleep? My great grandmother, who lived til she was 97, insisted that her longevity of good health was because she drank a Hot Toddy every night! With plenty of honey in the recipe you can see why it works!
Recipe courtesy Tabard Inn, Washington, D.C.
1 ounce Brandy
½ ounce honey syrup (equal parts honey and warm water, stirred to combine)
4 ounces hot brewed Chamomile tea
Grated nutmeg (optional)
Add the first five ingredients to mug. Top with the Chamomile tea, and garnish with grated nutmeg, if desired.