Honey…Not Just Your Regular Sweetener

21 Apr

The delectably smooth taste of honey is not its only wonderful trait.  Honey has many uses that many may not even know of.  I know that honey is not only used to sweeten tea or pour over some pancakes, but honey has many healing qualities as well.

One of the most common health benefits of honey is that a teaspoon can be used to sooth a sore throat.  The reason this happens is because it kills some of the bacteria that cause the infection and reduces inflammation.  Darker honeys have more nutrients than light ones.

Athletes use honey so that it can increase endurance and reduce muscle fatigue.  Laevulose and dextrose are the two main sugars in honey.  They do not need to be broken down by the digestive process; therefore they are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving the body a quick energy boost.

Honey has strong antibacterial properties.  Because it is osmotic (it withdraws water), the sugars in it react with the molecules and leaves very little water for microorganisms.  This makes honey useful as an antibacterial topical treatment for burns or ulcers.

Honey has many other uses as well.  It can be used to combat a hangover if it is blended with a little bit of orange juice and yogurt.  If you have a hard time sleeping, you can mix a teaspoon of honey with milk and it can help induce sleep.  If you suffer with seasonal allergies, try buying honey that is produced locally, within 20 miles of your home.  The theory is that, as with allergy shots, daily exposure to a small amount of an allergen can desensitize the body, allowing you to better resist it, Evan Fleischmann, N.D., board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

I am just scratching the surface of the health benefits of honey.

Honey has just become a staple in my medicine cabinet.

Mmm, take a bit out of that!

11 Responses to “Honey…Not Just Your Regular Sweetener”

  1. whatsaysyou April 21, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Honey makes a perfect substitute for white sugar when it comes to baking and cooking. That is not all, honey can also be used as a weekly facial masque on the face.

  2. Hershey April 21, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Welcome “What Says You”. You are so right. honey has so many great uses. It helps that it is also so yummy!

  3. Jessica T. April 21, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Hey girl, love your blog. Sorry it has taken me forever to post but when i saw the topic i had to take the time to leave a comment. I am definitely a fan of honey. I’ve been mixing it in my deep conditioner and using it in my hair once a week. It is moisturizing and gives my hair alot of shine.

    • simplystudded April 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      Hello Jessica thanks for your comments… I think we all learned something new with Hershey’s posting about Honey….

  4. SimplyStudded April 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    That piece of honey comb looks delicious.. Yummmm

  5. Lystra April 22, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    Very interesting. Honey and milk to help induce sleep. Hopefully, no more sleepless nights.

  6. Hershey April 22, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Hi Jessica, thank you for coming by and giving us a shout out. Honey mixed with conditioner? I believe that I have heard that one, but I have never tried it. I think I just might do that.

    Studded- That honeycomb does look very delicious.

    Lystra, next time I am having a hard time catching some Zzz’s I am definitely going to try it. Lets not forget that it says that darker honeys are better than the lighter ones, and I believe that they may be just a little more expensive as well. I really want to try a honey that is produced locally because I have really bad allergies. I want to see if this thing really works. It says that the honey with the best healing properties is Manuka honey.

  7. cece April 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I am about to stack up on some sweetness..lol

  8. Hershey April 25, 2011 at 4:03 am #

    Twin, lets plan a sweetness shopping day.

  9. Pamila Ilagan January 5, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    i take allergy shots from time to time because i have chronic rhinitis.”

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    • Hershey January 5, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      That sounds tough Pamila! I have yet to actually give into allergy shots. But I think that I just may some day… Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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