The Wonders of Honey
May 6th, 2015 | by Bella S.
Honey is pretty magical. Did you know that 60,000 bees live in a beehive and can travel collectively as far as 55 thousand miles, visiting more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make one pound of deliciously sweet and golden honey.
Honey is more than something that you can spread on toast, or use to sweeten foods. Here are 9 ways to use honey that you might not have ever considered.
- Memory Booster
According to research, honey can increase your memory. 102 women of menopausal age who variably consumed 20 grams of honey each day, took a hormone replacement that contained estrogen and progesterone, or did nothing for four months were studied. The results showed that those who took the 20 grams of honey or hormone pills managed to remember more in a short term memory test. The test has been criticized for not being scientifically correct because it was only a small improvement over those who did nothing, however it’s worth a try!
- Fuel your work out
Athletes usually opt for gels or sports drinks full of sugar during events that require endurance. However, honey contains 17 grams of carbs per tablespoon and has added nutrients making it a fantastic source of natural energy. Add a tablespoon of honey to your water to boost your energy before, during and after a workout. If you have a serious endurance event then keep your energy levels up by snacking on honey sticks.
- Soothe your cough
Got a cough keeping you up at night? Try two teaspoonfuls of honey 30 minutes before you go to bed. This will help to suppress your cough and will ensure that you get a restful night’s sleep.
- Get your nutrients
Honey contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as riboflavin, riboflavin, manganese, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, zinc and potassium. Swap sugar for natural organic honey to get a whole host of nutrients, rather than the empty calories that you get with sugar.
- Treat your wounds
Certain honeys such as Medihoney and Norwegian Forest Honey kill bacteria in wounds. In a study it was proven to heal 80% of wounds and leg ulcers, that’s a pretty impressive healing rate. All but one of the 59 cases saw significant improvement. If you have a wound or burn, then apply honey directly to the affected area, cover with a sterile gauze and bandage. You’ll be good as new in no time.
- Relieve hay fever
Find your eyes and nose running in the summer around pollen? Try adding honey to your diet. The anti-inflammatory effects have been known to help treat allergies. This is because it can contain small traces of pollen from flowers and if you are a sufferer of hay fever then a little exposure can be good for treatment. This trick hasn’t been proven, however even it is just a placebo, it’s a pretty tasty one!
- Metabolize booze
If you love a cocktail then you’ll like this one. It has been revealed that a little honey can increase the body’s ability to metabolize booze, limiting intoxication and helping to reduce alcohol blood levels. So when you are feeling a little roapy after a night out, have a shot of honey.
- Resolved dandruff
Studies have proven that when honey is diluted with warm water, applied to the affected area and left to soak in for a few hours it can help to reduce the problem. Itching and scaling with disappear within a week of initial treatment and skin lesions will heal within two weeks. So if you’re struggling with an itchy, dusty scalp, try this little trick.
- Treats Herpes
While honey will not cure herpes, it will help to relive the symptoms. In a study it was proven to heal labial herpes 43% better than Acyclovir cream and 59% for genital herpes. It was also noted that pain and crusting was reduced when honey was used as a treatment, compared to the cream that is commonly prescribed.