| Randall Agee
I grew up in a family where using honey was a part of our daily routine. I would often see my grandparents, aunts, and uncles incorporating honey into their breakfast and my cousins utilizing it in their skincare regimen. I also remember us children and the adults ingesting a spoon or two for ailments like coughing or chest congestion. One thing that I noticed, my family never compromised on the quality of honey we purchased.
Looking back throughout history, honey has been used by nearly all cultures around the world over the past 2,500 years. Ancient Egyptians used honey to sweeten cakes and biscuits, among other dishes as well. As documented, Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and nearly all Egyptian women added honey in most of their beauty practices. The most notable formula being her milk and honey face mask for exfoliating and moisturizing her skin. Greeks and Romans used it as an integral part of sweetening cuisines, and ancient Indians made it an essential element in Ayurvedic treatments because of its spiritual and therapeutic healing qualities. I have jotted down a few of the whys and the hows of using honey to enhance your overall well-being; here are the five causes:
Organic Honey As a Substitute for Processed Sugar:
We’re all aware of the dangers of processed sugar. Honey is a natural sweetener that you can use to replace sugar when baking, or just sweetening your tea, juices, shakes or smoothies. This switch can be the first step to developing a healthier lifestyle.
Organic Honey For Weight Loss:
Though it has more calories than sugar when consumed with warm water, honey helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly, drinking honey with lemon juice in the morning consistently helps in reducing and managing weight.
Organic Honey for Sore Throats and Suppressing Cough:
Using honey for coughing is deemed effective with less to no side effects compared to the allopathic (mainstream) medicines. To treat a persistent cough, add two teaspoons of honey with herbal tea or warm water and lemon. The honey does the soothing, while the lemon juice can help with congestion. You can also simply eat the honey by the spoonful with a pinch of black pepper to treat the same.
Organic Honey for Burns and Infections:
Smearing honey on your skin doesn’t sound comforting but it can be beneficial. Organic, raw honey has antibacterial properties that can be applied to any affected areas for healing in case of sunburn. Make sure you do not plaster or bandage the affected area as it can stick to the skin and cause further discomfort. However, if the severity of the infection or sunburn is high, it is best to go to the hospital for professional medical attention.
Organic Honey for Skincare:
Drinking and applying honey regularly can be a great source for nourishing your skin and making it more beautiful. As per the saying, most of our beauty products are found in the kitchen, I am sharing a brief recipe for a glowing skin with the ingredients that can be found in your kitchen pantry. All you need is a green tea bag and cut it open. Then mix it with two tablespoons of organic honey. Apply this to your face and leave it for 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. The mask removes dark spots on the skin, calms inflammations, prevents blackheads and helps give your face a radiant glow.