Unknown to many Americans, many of the common aches and pains we often experience can be treated with ordinary foods, which can be commonly found in our kitchen cabinets. Even though much of this remedial knowledge isn’t terribly common among people, many traditional home remedies have been proven effective by recent medical research.
As a well-practiced Ayurveda therapist with over 15 years experience working with herbal and organic therapeutic treatments, I’ve often expressed that, if made appropriate use of, honey can offer an entire host of benefits that many people here in the west are utterly oblivious to. To fully experience the scores of rewarding health benefits offered by nature’s true tonic, I’ve listed just a few of the many useful and rewarding honey based health tips that, in my personal experience, as well as that of my clients, can help you live life with a sweet advantage.
Nature’s Energy Enhancer
Though, unknown by many Americans today, the many advantages of honey reach far beyond its delightfully syrupy taste. As a superb natural source of carbohydrates, which provide us with strength and energy, honey has been recognized for its efficiency in boosting performance and endurance as well as for reducing muscle fatigue and exhaustion in many sports athletes.
The naturally formed sugars found in honey play a vital part in preventing fatigue during regular exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed quickly by the body and provides an instantaneous boost in energy, while fructose is absorbed gradually providing prolonged and sustained energy.
Before your next workout, try a spoonful of honey to give you the added energy to go that extra mile. Also, instead of reaching for that can of carbonated energy drink when feeling sluggish or lethargic in the early morning, replace the sugar in your tea with a heaping spoonful of honey for an invigorating surge of energy.
Immunity System Building
Though little known in the western world, honey has long been recognized as one of the most natural home remedies in treating an entire host of complaints and ailments including athletes foot, arthritic pain, and even yeast infection.
Among the most researched health benefits of honey is its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties, which can significantly boost your immune system, and can help aid digestion, and has also been proven to possess carcinogen preventing and anti tumor forming properties as well.
The anti-septic properties of honey can effectively prevent the advance of particularly harmful bacteria as well as help keep wounds free from infection. As it is able to absorb moisture from the air and promote healing, honey has been widely used as a natural cure for wounds, cuts, and burns. Its anti-bacterial properties naturally stave off infection and serves as an efficient anti-inflammatory agent, lessening pain and swelling, the use of which has also been known to diminish scarring.
To enjoy the immunity system health benefits of honey, start every day with this cleansing tonic before having breakfast; mix the juice from half of a lime or lemon with a spoonful of honey in a teacup of warm water.
Combat the effects of consuming too much alcohol by using honey as a sobering agent and a valuable remedy. Honey is known to be mild and soothing on the stomach and contains a blend of natural sugars which speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, acting as a ‘sobering’ agent. To loosen a hangover’s stranglehold, blend together, 15ml of honey with 80ml of orange juice, and 70ml of all natural yogurt.
Your Sore Throat
One of the more traditionally known healthy advantages of honey that you might have learned from mom or grandma is that it is a good for treating your sore throat. Due to the antimicrobial properties of honey, not only does it soothe your throat, it can also kill specific infection causing bacteria. To relieve your sore throat, try taking two tablespoons of honey mixed with four tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2 pinches of salt.
Unable to sleep? Another more traditionally known remedy for restlessness your grandma may have often benefited from is the well-known milk and honey remedy. Try a glass of warm milk mixing a teaspoon of honey. Slowly sip to induce calm and a restful sleep. Ah warm and soothing.
Regulate Blood Sugar
In various medical research studies, honey has been found to keep blood sugar levels reasonably constant as compared to other sugars derived from other sources.
I love to hear stories that honey enthusiasts send me and post comments on. It’s always so encouraging to see so many of my followers choosing to eat and live healthy. I’d love to read more about the incredible and awesome things honey has so far done in your life!
In what ways have you experienced the benefits of honey?
Ayurveda Benefits of Honey