Honey – Nature’s Liquid Gold
Even as our modern medicine is continuing to progress, and new medicines are being introduced regularly, many people are returning to natural remedies and cures that have been known and used for centuries. Raw honey is one of those miraculous substances that has been tested by time and has an abundance of uses. Not only does it help the body internally, but it has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that make it a powerful healer of wounds and burns. When used on wounds and burns, it helps to prevent scarring.
Raw honey is better than the best processed honey
Processed honey, has been refined by heating and filtering. This may make the honey look nice and clear in the bottle on the shelf in the supermarket, but it destroys the beneficial nutrients that give raw honey the capacity to be a super healer. Most of the honey that you find on shelves in supermarkets will not have very many beneficial properties left, and therefore, will not be a useful tool in fighting infections on the skin or aiding in general health in the digestive system.
7 ways that raw honey sneaks in your essential resources
- 27 minerals, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, and zinc
- Vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and vitamin C
- 22 amino acids
- 5000 live enzymes
- Pre-biotics and Pro-biotics supporting the gastrointestinal tract
- Antiseptic power to treat wounds and inhibit bacterial growth
- Antibiotic and antibacterial action to treat cuts and burns
Why raw honey is used for pain, scars and burns
There is much scientific evidence supporting the use of honey to treat wounds and burns and is now being used in some medical settings as an alternative to pharmaceutical preparations for this purpose. The most beneficial type of raw honey to use on wounds of the skin is Manuka honey, which comes from bees that have pollinated the manuka flowers of the tea tree. Because of the antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antibiotic properties in raw honey, and especially Manuka honey, wounds heal faster, with reduced scarring. Also, because of the moisturizing qualities of the honey, there is much less pain when dressings are replaced on the wounds.
Egyptian secrets of raw honey for youthful skin
Cleopatra was well known for her use of honey and milk in baths to retain her youthfulness and beauty. We can still reap those same benefits when we use raw honey in our modern skin care. Honey is a natural humectant which replaces moisture in the skin. It can be used in a variety of ways to reduce and delay the signs of aging skin. Some common uses of honey for the skin are:
- A facial mask – exfoliates, clarifies and unclog pores
- Hair conditioner – use honey from root to ends after shampooing and rinse well to replace moisture in dry hair
- Skin moisturizer – Use a small amount of honey in skin moisturizer to reap the anti-aging and skin clearing benefits
Make a bee-line for Weight Management
Try replacing processed white sugar and brown sugar with raw honey. Processed white sugar has no health benefits and actually contributes to illness, whereas honey has many health benefits, contributes to a healthier digestive system, and reduces allergy symptoms by promoting a strong immune system. It also helps to metabolize cholesterol and fatty acids which aid in weight loss. One spoonful of honey in tea or spread on toast daily, is enough to reap many of the health benefits, and you’ll be doing your body a favor for replacing that amount of sugar with honey.
Where to Find Raw Honey
So you may be asking, “Where can I find raw honey, if not in my local supermarket?” Try looking for local beekeepers that sell their unprocessed honey. Farmer’s Markets will sometimes have honey for sell from local honey farms. If you can’t find local honey farms or beekeepers to buy from, you could order raw honey to be delivered to your home. Wherever you end up buying raw honey, the benefits will be worth the search.
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