High quality raw honey, especially therapeutic grade honey, contains a wide array of health benefits. Our wise ancestors used this “liquid gold” both as food and medicine. The honey is a powerful antioxidant whose beneficial plant compounds provide support for various health problems such as fungal infections, chronic sinusitis, aging, respiratory problems, digestive obstructions, and damaged skin.
Here are 6 recipes of homemade honey-based remedies that will help you combat any of the aforementioned health issues:
Honey as antibiotic
Honey contains hydrogen peroxide which accounts for its antibacterial properties. Also, it contains a lot of sugar which prevents the further growth of some types of bacteria. Moreover, honey has a low pH level that extracts moisture from the bacteria, dehydrates it and discards it.
Use: Apply a small quantity of honey directly to the wound or the infected area. In case of internal infections, ingest a tablespoon of honey to aid in the treatment or stir it into a warm cup of herbal tea.
Honey for chronic sinusitis (honey + lemon)
Chronic sinusitis is one of the most frequent respiratory obstruction today. The key strategy in fighting this disease is maintaining a strong immune system that will contend with bacteria and prevent further sinus infections. This is where honey takes the lead! Daily consumption of honey boosts the immunity and keeps the sinus infections away. A number of studies have already shown that honey is quite effective in the fight against nose and throat infections, including a sore throat. The honey fights throat bacteria and relieves the throat from coughing, inflammation, and soreness. The lemon, on the other hand, is one of honey’s best comrades that is a powerhouse of vitamin C and an equally strong immunity booster and antibacterial.
Use: Take 1 tbsp of raw honey and 2 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix these ingredients. Warm the concoction. Consume it after each meal to eradicate mucus and prevent infection.
Honey as an anti-age facemask (honey+avocado+oats+lemon juice)
Honey tastes heavenly sweet but it is also full of vitamins and minerals which freshen up our skin and make it glow. Though the aging process is unavoidable, the diligent skin care based on natural, high-quality products can maintain the youthful appearance of the skin and fight the different types of challenges that it faces in a lifetime, such as inflammation, redness, breakouts, and acne.
Here are 2 homemade facemasks that effectively deal with wrinkles and fine lines:
Use: Wash your face and clean it accordingly. Secure your hair with hairpins at the back so you prevent any stains. Apply a generous amount of plain honey on your face. Let it absorb for 15-20 minutes. Rinse your face thoroughly.
Use: Wash your face and clean it accordingly. Secure your hair with hairpins at the back so you prevent any stains. Take a ripe avocado and mash it well. Add honey, lemon juice, and oats. Mix well, then apply the concoction on your face. Let it absorb for 15-20 minutes. Rinse your face thoroughly.
Honey as an anti-inflammatory cough-reliever (honey+lemon+cinnamon powder)
Honey appears most useful and helpful as a suppressant of cough, asthma and similar respiratory obstructions such as wheezing or chest tightness. Researchers have proven that the sweetness of honey triggers the salivary glands to produce extra saliva that lubricates the airways and eases the coughing. Moreover, honey reduces inflammation in the bronchial tubes and contributes to the breaking up of mucus that obstructs breathing.
Here are 3 homemade honey-based remedies:
Use: Take one tsp of honey and mix it with 8 ounces of hot water. Consume it 2-3 times a day.
Use: Take ½ tsp of cinnamon powder and mix it with a tsp of honey. Consume it before bedtime to remove phlegm from the throat.
Use: Take ½ of lemon and squeeze it. Mix the lemon juice into a glass of warm water. Add 1 tsp of honey and stir well. Consume it daily, after each meal to clear away the mucus.
Honey for digestion (honey+cinnamon powder+yogurt+apple cider vinegar)
As a powerhouse of health and a vigorous cocktail of minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, the honey heals various health problems but also maintains cholesterol levels and it is a real benefactor to the digestive system. Several studies have proven that the consumption of honey heals acid reflux, soothes gallbladder issues and controls the possible damages of the digestive tract by removing free radicals from the cells.
Here are 3 homemade honey-based remedies for the digestive tract:
Use: Take 1 tbsp of honey and mix it with one tsp of cinnamon powder. Whisk until smooth as a spread. Apply the paste on a slice of bread and consume it daily for breakfast. This paste lowers cholesterol levels and regulates the growth of gut bacteria.
Use: Add 1-2 tbsp of honey to your regular yogurt meal and consume it daily. This concoction will relieve the problems with acid reflux and indigestion.
Use: Take 1 tbsp of honey and dilute it in 8 ounces of water. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Stir well. Consume this daily, before every meal. This drink will lower your cholesterol levels and soothe inflammation.
Honey as skin-replenisher for wounds and scars (honey+tumeric+tea tree oil+neem)
Honey is a powerful antiseptic which contains a great number of anti-inflammatory and nutritive properties for the skin. Additionally, honey can be used for the recovery of severe skin damages such as cuts, wounds or scars.
Here are 2 homemade honey-based recipes that will soothe the damaged skin:
Use: Take 1 tbsp of honey and mix it with 1 tsp of turmeric powder until smooth. Apply this paste twice a day until your skin recovers.
Use: Take 2 tbsp of honey and mix them with ½ tsp of turmeric, 10 drops of tea tree oil and ½ tsp of neem powder. Whisk well until smooth and creamy. Apply this homemade cream, cover it with bandaid or micropore to avoid staining of clothes. Use it daily for 4-7 days to treat any infections or wounds.
Caution: Never give honey to infants. Consult your doctor before trying this treatment.