Ladies, before you consider heading out to the nearest pharmacy, you may first want to take a look at an item right in your own kitchen…..honey!
Remember grandma’s old honey-remedies? Well, she wasn’t the only one. Honey has been used for centuries in medicines and cosmetics. The secret is its natural healing properties. Raw honey is rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s also a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture from the air. Honey’s natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties prevent damage to the body and organs.
With that being said, here’s how you can use it to stay healthy:
• Treats Cold & Flu- Similar to cough medicine, drinking a cup of warm water (or tea) mixed with honey can ease coughing and soothe a sore throat. Its thick consistency coats the throat, while it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties also boost the immune system.
• Treats scars & wounds- The antiseptic and antibacterial properties soothes inflammation and coats the skin. This prevents bacteria from entering a wound and gives the skin time to heal. As a humectant, honey will attract water to your skin, keeping it smooth and moisturized (also great for treating acne!)
• Promotes weight loss- Drinking a glass of water mixed with apple cider vinegar and a little honey removes toxins & flushes fat from the body.
• Heals sore muscles- Add honey to your breakfast meal. Its rich vitamins give the body a boost of energy, while its anti-inflammatory properties add relief to tightening muscles. You can also massage honey mixed vinegar directly on the sore muscle to soothe pain.
• Aids and heals dry scalp- Massaging honey in the scalp reduces dandruff and promotes hair growth. Need to repair dry, damaged hair? It’s perfect for our kinky-coily curls. The vitamins and minerals in honey help soften and strengthen the hair shaft. Honey attracts and seals moisture into the hair cuticles, preventing dryness & split ends.
by Ashley R. Cottrell