There is more to honey than just being a sweet and delicious condiment to food and beverages. In fact honey has been used medicinally for centuries. Who knew something so delightfully tasty could be so good for you and in addition heal such a variety of illnesses. Buzz on down below to find out how honey can heal these 8 ailments now!
1. Cuts and Scrapes
Honey is antiseptic and antimicrobial. Its use as a remedy for wounds is probably the most famous, and has its roots in ancient civilizations… It’s best if you use a sterilized and lab-tested honey for this home remedy. Look for a honey with a high UMF (Unique Manuka Factor), as the higher this number the more likely the honey will be to effectively fight infection. A UMF equal to or greater than 10 is ideal.
After cleaning the wound, cover a bandage with honey (rather than applying the honey directly to the wound), and then cover the wound with the bandage. This keeps the process cleaner and also maximizes the chances of the honey staying in the right place. Change the dressing in the morning and before bedtime. As the wound begins to heal, you can gradually transition to changing the bandage once a day rather than twice…However, if you have a very deep wound or if your wound is showing obvious signs of infection, you should seek the advice of a medical professional as soon as possible.
The anti-inflammatory properties of honey can help to decrease the symptoms, while the anti-bacterial properties work to prevent infection in areas where open skin is vulnerable to opportunistic pathogens. Once again, look for honey that has a high UMF rating (i.e. over 10) to make the most of honey’s infection-fighting benefits. When you’ve found the honey you want to use, just apply it straight onto red, itchy and scaly areas where eczema symptoms are concentrated. Cover the area with plastic wrap and leave the honey to do its work for twenty minutes. Finally, gently rinse in order to remove the sticky residue.
Hiccups are caused by involuntary spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm… Honey and castor oil have anti-spasmodic properties, you can combine them to make an effective home remedy that can be used at almost any time. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of castor oil to create this treatment. Then, swallow a teaspoonful every five minutes until the hiccups stop.
Many cases of dandruff are caused by a fungal yeast overgrowth. This means that the anti-fungal properties of honey can provide relief from itching and flaking, and this natural approach comes with fewer potential side effects than prescribed and over-the-counter anti-fungal products.
To take advantage of this straightforward home treatment, all you need to do is mix together a solution of three parts honey to one part water. After shampooing, massage the diluted honey into the scalp. Allow it to work for twenty minutes before rinsing your hair in warm water. You should notice a difference almost immediately, and the improvements should steadily increase over the course of a week.
Honey and cinnamon both have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making them ideal weapons in your fight to gain a clearer complexion. Both of these kitchen ingredients are said to help to prevent acne outbreaks and reduce redness and swelling. Mix together one tablespoon of powdered cinnamon and two tablespoons of honey, then use your fingers to apply the mixture to your face, concentrating on the most acne-prone areas. Allow the ingredients to do its work for ten minutes before rinsing. As with many of the aforementioned remedies, you’ll see the greatest benefits if you make sure you get hold of honey with a high UMF, indicating that you’re applying potent anti-bacterial agents to your skin.
6. Acid Reflux
Honey coats the lining of the throat to soothe the painful burning sensations caused by the acid. Because it is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it also helps to heal the mucus membranes. Simply swallow a teaspoon or two of honey when symptoms arise.
7. Dry Skin
Honey is a humectant; in other words, it’s a type of moisturizer, and so it can help skin to retain and replenish its natural oil. Olive oil improves the skin’s suppleness and elasticity, so it’s the perfect partner for honey when you’re making a home remedy. Just whisk together equal amounts of honey and olive oil until they emulsify into a cream. All you need to do then is massage the lotion into all areas of dry skin. You can use this treatment on any area, including the face, and it may be particularly useful on parts of the skin then tend to try out most easily (such as the elbows and knees).
8. Athlete’s foot
Honey has natural fungicidal properties, as discussed when we considered it as a treatment for dandruff problems, so it stands to reason that it can also combat athlete’s foot. Before bedtime, rub a thick layer of honey over the affected area. Cover your sticky feet in an old pair of socks and keep them on overnight to ensure that the honey stays in contact with the areas of the skin that are infected with fungus. Wash and dry your feet in the morning, and repeat the procedure each night until the infection clears up entirely.