Have you heard the latest holiday “buzz?” If you are looking for a sweet (and healthy) treat to eat, you’re in luck. According to the National Honey Board, September is National Honey Month! Whether you prefer yours on a warm slice of toast, dolloped in a cup of hot tea, as a salad dressing or in a dipping sauce, today’s honey is available in a wide variety of tasty flavors. In fact, there are over 300 varietals in America today.
Folks have been enjoying honey for centuries. The ancient Egyptians not only used honey to dress wounds, they also used it as an embalming fluid and as an offering to their gods. Legend has it that Cleopatra used honey as part of her beauty regimen.
Pure, simple and delicious - honey not only tastes good, it can be used in all sorts of ways. Sweet!
Amazing Uses for Honey
- Coughs and Sore Throats – Honey is a natural cough suppressant and sore throat soother.
- Immunity Boosters - The phytonutrients in raw honey have properties that boost one’s immune system. Dr. Oz suggests making his Hot Ozzy recipe – Add 1 tablespoon of honey, and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice in ½ cup of hot (not boiling) water. Honey not only fights certain bacteria, but reduced the growth of food-borne pathogens including salmonella and E.coli.
- Burns and Wounds - According to Dr. Oz, applying a thin layer of honey to a “minor” burn will not only stop the pain, but the antibacterial properties of honey may help prevent the burn from becoming infected. You can also apply a thin layer or honey to minor wounds (not deep or infected cuts).
- Diminishes Scars – Due to its bleaching effect, regular use of honey helps fade scars.
- Fades Dark Circles – Applying honey to the under eye area twice a week for 20 minutes, helps fade dark circles.
- Insomnia Buster – If you have trouble sleeping, a little honey in a warm glass of milk is one of the” oldest and best remedies for insomnia.” Or take a teaspoon to tablespoon of raw honey before bed.
- Anxiety Reliever – Stressed out? Dr. Oz suggests making an elixir out of 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 tsp. ground ginger and ½ tsp honey. Ginger calms the stomach, lemon juice lowers blood pressure and honey controls blood sugar instability which goes hand-in-hand with worrying.
- Too much to drink? Some believe honey relieves hangovers!
- Dry Skin? Try honey for a natural skin moisturizer.
- Moisturizing Lip Balm – Check out this natural lip balm recipe to relieve those dry, chapped and cracked lips.
- Natural Energy Booster
- Many chefs use honey as an alternative to sugar.
Please note – never give honey to infants.