Humans have been keeping bees and using their honey in a variety of ways for at least 7,000 years. Raw honey in particular is prized in the Indian-based Ayurvedic tradition of medicine and it is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and carbohydrates. While it makes a great natural sweetener, it can also be used in a number of ways to improve the health, including those discussed below.
1. Improves Heart Health
Adding honey and apple cider vinegar to a cup of hot water and drinking it everyday promotes heart health by reducing weight and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, all of which are major factors for heart attacks and strokes.
2. Promotes Health Digestion
Honey promotes digestive health in a number of ways. For nausea or indigestion, take in a combination of honey and lemon juice until the symptoms resolve. To ease abdominal cramping, mix the honey with bay leaf and celery seeds and use before meals.
3. Supports Respiratory Health
Honey also supports a healthy respiratory system. Taken in combination with bay leaf and pippali, it can help to reduce asthma symptoms. It can also clear sinuses when it used in combination with fresh ginger.
4. Relieves Arthritis Symptoms
Honey can offer some relief for those suffering from symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. To ease these symptoms, try a combination of honey and guggulu daily.
5. Promotes Wound Healing
Modern wound care clinics frequently use a medicine called medi-honey to treat difficult wounds. To promote healing of minor wounds at home, it is possible to cleanse the wound daily, apply a small amount of honey and wrap in dry gauze to protect it.
6. Helps Treat the Common Cold
The congestion, pain and cough associated with the common cold can be miserable to endure. To help treat these symptoms, mix cinnamon into the honey and take several times a day while the symptoms persist.
7. Calms Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are unfortunately almost built in to modern life. To help tame some of that stress, try a twice daily glass of orange juice with honey and nutmeg mixed in. It is a delicious way to help with relaxation!
8. Reduces Fever
To help reduce a chronic fever, make a tea with holy basil and when it has steeped, add black pepper and honey. Take 2-3 times daily to help bring the body temperature back to normal.
9. Curbs Craving to Smoke
Especially when someone is first trying to quit smoking, the craving for cigarettes can be almost impossible to resist. To help curb this craving, try to chew small pieces of pineapple covered in honey.
10. Heals Ulcers of the Mouth
Mouth ulcers and canker sores can be painful and embarrassing. To heal them naturally, apply honey mixed with turmeric to the sores; this will stimulate saliva production and draw the toxins out of the sores; spit it out after a few minutes to remove the toxins from the mouth and help the ulcers heal.
These are all simple and natural ways in which honey can help treat specific complaints and improve one’s general health. Be sure to always use raw honey, as the pasteurization process strips the honey of much of its nutritional value and healing properties.
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