Tag Archives: Honey

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!