Most people are aware of how wonderful honey is for sweetening food when you don’t want to use sugar or how perfectly it softens your cakes and cookies. But honey is much more than a tasty delicacy, it has dozens of other uses due to its healing and antibiotic properties.
It is no wonder that in Ancient Egypt it was used as medicine more often than any other substance. We have collected 8 unusual uses for honey that you might want to try in your own home.
How Many Ways Can We Use Honey?
Honey Can Be Used To Make Cough Drops
Honey is well known to help soothe a terrible cough and sore throat. If you want to make natural cough drops, you can take a look at this recipe here.
Honey Helps Fight Hangovers
Due to the high fructose content that honey contains, eating a tablespoon of honey or dissolving it in tea (which is even better, because it hydrates you) will help your body process alcohol much faster and neutralize the toxins it contains.
This can completely eliminate your morning hangover or speed up the process of getting rid of it.
Honey As A Facial Scrub And Mask
Did you know that honey can be used as a cleansing scrub or hydrating mask? Unlike most chemical-based masks and scrubs, honey is completely natural and an antibiotic. Removes dead skin cells, bacteria, and impurities.
If you want to try it yourself, here’s an idea for a honey and oatmeal scrub and a raw honey and coconut oil mask.
Honey As An Antibiotic
Honey can be applied to a wound to speed healing and prevent the spread of bacteria. Tests have shown that honey can prevent the spread or even kill bacteria like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus.
Also, due to their gyroscopic nature, raw honey or manuka can act as antibiotics if applied directly to a cut or wound. When buying honey, remember that the darker the honey, the stronger its antibacterial properties.
Honey As A Diet Aid
One really unexpected use for honey is its use to speed up metabolism, which is great news for anyone on a diet. Green tea also speeds up your metabolism, so if you drink it with honey, it will act as a double boost for your body.
Honey Relieves Insomnia
People suffering from insomnia should eat or drink some honey before going to bed. The sugar in honey stimulates the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for your good mood, which your body converts into melatonin, an important chemical responsible for sleep.
Even more, melatonin is produced when the brain processes the tryptophan in honey into serotonin.
Honey Helps Scars Fade
If you have visible acne scars and want them to be less visible, rub a mixture of equal parts honey and coconut or olive oil into your skin.
Cover this area with a warm compress and keep the mixture on the scar for 15 minutes to lighten the scar color.
You can find a great example of the importance of honey in treating acne here. The woman uses several products to reduce inflammation, among which is Manuka honey. Leave the honey on the face as a mask for 20-30 minutes for its antibacterial properties.
Honey Improves Vision
Ayurvedic experts appreciate honey for its help in improving eyesight. You can even remove things from the eye if you wash them with a mixture of water and honey.
Honey mixed with carrot juice (another helpful product for the eyes) helps treat conjunctivitis, glaucoma, and fatigue from spending too much time in front of the computer or in front of the television.
If you have any other ideas for unusual uses for honey, share them in the comments below.
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