It’s time to start changing the way we think about honey. Not only reserved for sweetening tea or drizzling over your toast in the morning, honey has been used all around the world for thousands of years due to its many health benefits. From fighting dandruff to boosting your immune system, the benefits of honey are endless – now that’s sweet.
1. Improves memory
Studies have shown that consuming two teaspoons of honey each day can improve your memory. That’s not a far stretch considering the fact that honey is loaded with antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and loss.
2. Provides energy
One tablespoon of honey contains 17 grams of carbohydrates – making it a great source of natural energy right before hitting the gym.
3. Treats wounds
Since honey is a natural antimicrobial, it can be applied (lightly) over your scrapes, minor cuts, and basic burns.
4. Relieves seasonal allergies
Locally-produced honey is thought to act like a vaccine since it contains small amounts of pollen, which can help you build up immunity to the local allergens in your community.
5. Rich in nutrients
Don’t let the sweetness fool you. Honey actually contains many nutrients, including riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc.
6. Fights insomnia
If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night, eating a small amount of raw honey should do the trick. Why? Well, honey raises your blood sugar levels slightly, which causes an increase in insulin. That causes tryptophan (an amino acid) to enter your brain. The tryptophan is then converted into the hormone serotonin, which promotes relaxation.
7. Boosts your immune system
Because honey has natural antioxidant properties, it naturally fights off infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Buckwheat honey contains the highest antioxidant levels.
8. Resolves dandruff and other scalp issues
If you suffer from dandruff and other scalp problems, apply honey mixed with 10 percent warm water to your scalp and let it sit for three hours before rinsing off. We know three hours is a long time to wait, but after seeing the results, you’ll be glad you did!
9. Helps clear acne
Not only is honey a natural sweetener, it’s also a natural acne treatment – Manuka honey that is. Known for its antiseptic qualities, Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand and Australia. Try dabbing a bit on each zit, leaving it on overnight and washing it off in the morning.
For maximum benefits, it’s best to buy raw honey and if possible, buy raw honey that’s produced where you live (or as close as possible).
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