5 Reasons why honey is more than just a sweetener
By Michele Wolff - Naturopath and author of 'Digestive Solutions'.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016, as featured on the website Live It Do It.
When most people think of honey, they think of the sticky golden condiment that they use to sweeten cups of tea, breakfast and baked goods. What people may not realise is that natural honey, whether consumed or applied topically, has many unexpected health benefits.
1. It may provide eczema relief
Medical grade Manuka honey is used in hospitals around the world as it has been clinically-proven to promote eczema wound healing (e.g. Comvita Medihoney Antibacterial Wound Gel™), reduce the risk of further infection and help to retain moisture while soothing the skin. The Comvita Medihoney Natural Eczema Cream contains medical grade Manuka honey to help relieve eczema skin irritations and flare ups, as well as soothe dry and itchy skin.
2. It can help to boost energy
Honey is a natural sugar that’s easily absorbed by the body and a teaspoon of honey will give you a quick energy lift. To avoid your energy levels crashing soon after, aim to eat it coupled with slow burning complex carbohydrates such as a banana or a small bowl of porridge.
3. It may aid digestion
Honey is so easy to digest because it has already been digested by a bee. If you have an upset stomach or are suffering from digestive problems, a mixture of honey, lemon and hot water may help to relieve those symptoms. If that doesn’t appeal to you, simply adding honey to your tea will usually provide the same relief.
4. It helps your immune system
Honey can help protect your body from common colds and flus by supporting your immune system through it’s natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties. A hot drink with honey and lemon will also help to soothe a sore throat and relieve a constant tickling cough, and the vitamin C from the lemon will help to boost your immune system even further.
5. It’s great in face masks
Natural, raw honey is antibacterial and is often used as a mild antiseptic. In a face mask, honey can help to relieve acne symptoms and help prevent scarring, while also cleansing the skin from dirt and debris. It can be mixed with many different ingredients and has also been known to relieve dry skin and help prevent wrinkles, as it creates a moisture retaining barrier for the skin.