4 Health and Beauty Benefits of Honey

| 7/20/2010 10:56:00 AM

Honey is one of nature’s best gifts to us. Both sweet and healing, this sticky substance has uses in both the kitchen and the medicine cabinet, making it a valued commodity for centuries. Take a lesson from history and incorporate honey into your daily routine with these uses for honey.

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Ancient Egyptians used honey as a wound treatment and beauty enhancer. Today we know that honey is high in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. Photo By Lance McCord/Courtesy Flickr. 

1. Coughs and Colds: The antioxidants in honey give weak immune systems a boost, while honey’s soothing power can suppress coughs and relieve throat pain. The general rule is, the darker the honey, the more antioxidants it contains.

Home remedy: Add honey to hot tea, or mix a teaspoon of honey with either equal parts ginger or half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Take two or three times daily.

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2. Cuts and Wounds: Honey has antibacterial properties that make it useful for healing cuts. An enzyme in honey produces hydrogen peroxide, which can disinfect the wound and keep bacteria from growing in it. Honey's thick consistency also deters infection, and when applied to a cut it creates a moisturizing barrier that protects the afflicted area. Honey can also stimulate production of new capillaries and tissues, helping wounds to heal faster.