Honey: It’s The Bees’ Knees
September 2, 2013 by Joe Marshall
Aside from being a tasty snack that never expires, honey can be used for a variety of home and health-related applications. Keep some on hand.
Here are 14 alternative uses for honey that you may have never thought of:
- Antiseptic: Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical used for cleaning wounds and helping them heal quickly, and honey can release that chemical. It’s given off by diluting the honey in water or body fluids. Applying honey to an open wound dilutes the glucose in the honey and gradually releases hydrogen peroxide. The substance facilitates your wound’s faster healing. Due to its viscosity, it also prevents wounds from sticking to dressing and alleviates scarring.
- Liquid allergy pill: Though not scientifically proven, the daily consumption of locally harvested honey is to work to reduce any allergies you have to plant pollen. I’ve tried it; and while I still keep Alavert on hand in the spring, I have noticed an improvement.
- Skin moisturizer: When mixed with eggs and some flour, honey is an effective skin moisturizer. Best of all, it is gently formulated, so it can be used by people with sensitive skin. Mix 4 tablespoons of honey with a couple of egg whites and a few tablespoons of flour, depending on your desired consistency. Stir the mixture until it thickens. When the mixture is ready, you can use it as a hand and body lotion or a moisturizing face mask, eliminating the effects of dry skin.
- Acne remover: Honey might be a gentle skin moisturizer, but it is certainly tough on acne. With constant exposure to honey, pimples eventually wither and fade. Apply a small amount of honey on the pimply regions of your face. Cover them with adhesive bandages. Soon, your zit attack will be nothing more than a distant memory.
- Energy booster: Why buy palpitation-inducing energy drinks when you already have honey? Mix honey with some water, then drink the solution. Honey’s glucose content will be absorbed by the brain and in the bloodstream, reducing fatigue in the process.
- Substitute honey for sugar in baking: Substitute ¾ cup of honey for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup. Also, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.
- Relax in the tub: Add a few tablespoons of honey to your bath, for sweeter-smelling, softer-feeling water. It’s a little secret I use when running a bath for my wife.
- Preserve fruit: Jam is so five years ago. Show you’re truly cutting-edge by preserving your fruits in a honey sauce. All it takes is one part honey to ten parts water and then covering your berries. It’s pretty much the closest you’re ever going to get to bottled summer.
- Treatment for sore throat: Some people believe that honey is an even better treatment for coughs and colds than over-the-counter medicine. To create the sore throat-relieving serum, squeeze the juice from a lemon and mix it with some honey. Stir the mixture until both ingredients blend. Drink the solution. After a few moments, you will realize that your sore throat has been cured, or at least reduced. Just continue to make more rounds until you are finally free from colds.
- Remedy for burns: Not only is a burn painful, but the marks also last for a number of days before healing. Apply honey to your burn; the hydrogen peroxide released cleans the wound and soothes the inflammation. As a result, the burn marks will heal in a few days with less pain. Use honey as a dressing for maximum results.
- Antibacterial solution: Bacteria and germs won’t survive when covered in honey, given its acidic pH balance. The microorganisms will be trapped in the sticky acidic substances. Apply honey on a wound, scratches or an inflamed region, in conjunction with an antiseptic. You’ll be surprised at how fast your injury heals.
- Relaxant for anxiety: Anxiety is the enemy of a healthy mind and in any situation. But especially when you are in survival mode, you need to be clear-headed and calm. Honey’s nutrients produce a calming effect, especially when taken in significant amounts. No wonder some consider it a part of the breakfast of champions. Honey can also be mixed with a suitable beverage for a good night’s sleep.
- Condition damaged hair: Add a teaspoon of honey to your regular shampoo. This will smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.
- Remove parasites: I have never had to do this. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use this trick either. I have seen many different articles stating that honey works well to remove parasites. The recipe seems simple enough: Combine equal parts honey, vinegar and water. Then drink. The combination of these three ingredients is supposedly the perfect parasite-killer.
Has anyone ever tried this or do you know of some other uses for honey that I missed? Leave a comment and let me know.
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