Honey: It’s The Bees’ Knees

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

–Joe Marshall

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  • Karolyn

    Everything I’ve read says that regular honey is not a good antibiotic/wound dressing, but Manuka honey is I have used it, and it does work. I know I was told years ago that eating local honey is good for allergies. Also, I recently read that the honey sold in most grocery stores is not real honey. So don’t buy commercial honey; buy local! Of course, if the bees keep getting killed off, we won’t have anything to eat, never mind honey.

    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/#.UiSKGl3D-rU

  • Elvis Presley

    Remember 70% of store purchased honey is actually “High Fructose Corn Syrup from China, smuggled in through India.” Real Honey can Cure Sugar diabetes, but Corn Syrup will cause it.

  • Doctor Mom

    Please emphasize that honey must be “raw”. It must not have been heated!
    That is why most grocery store honey is ineffective. Heat destroys the enzyme (glucose hydrogenase) that releases the slow, steady stream of hydrogen peroxide. Manuka honey is good, but has been shipped from around the world. Local honey is best IF you can speak with the producer and be certain it has not been heated. Purchase from Farmers’ Markets and talk with the vendors or read the label and call the company to be certain it has not been heated.
    Store up a LOT of raw honey for possible coming collapse. It will not go bad over many years. If it crystalizes, it is still good, but may be very gently warmed in warm water to dissolve the crystals, if you wish. And if you can obtain raw honey in glass bottles, this is optimal.

    • Bill

      Good advice, Mom,
      Honey and lime juice in hot water is good for colds and sore throats.
      Although, I have not had a cold in 20 years

      • guest

        I add hot water to this mixture plus a shot of scotch or brandy.
        Excellent hot toddy for colds and sore throat.
        Have used it for years!
        Plus, just a teaspoon of cider vinegar chased down by water settles my heartburn in a jiffy. Never take pills anymore. What a money saver.

        • Bill

          Hi Guest,
          I used to use whiskey to do the same thing years ago when I got colds.
          The apple cidar vinegar is very powerful stuff. Dr Jonathan Wright always said that it was lack of hydrochloric stomach acid that caused heartburn and not too much. As we get older, we lose our ability to produce stomach acid which relates to our absorption of nutrients.
          Just take how many decade old you are and you have lost that much percentage of stomach acid. If you are 60 years old, you have lost 60% of your stomach acid. It is directly related to hip fractures because you have lost your ability to absorb nutrients in you bones
          Give it a try. Buy hydrochloric acid with betain enzymes. It is cheap and offers a lot of benefits
          My wife and I go to an anti-aging clinic and have our blood tested for hormones and other things every six months. I read an article about the benefits of taking organic sulpher due to it being depleted in the soil. We started taking it and all of our levels of everything were increased. The doctor determined that the sulphur also helped our absorption.

          • 5live5

            Bill, not disputing your post as I know for certain it works but I had heartburn at 20. Used to get it all the time. I love hot foods and can’t eat them now. Then when I was about 27 I didn’t have heartburn for a few years. I changed nothing in my diet. now I only get it occasionally. also, at 50 I fell out of a tree I was trimming from a distance of 12 feet onto the ground. They insisted on taking me to the hospital but found no breaks. I DID have the most beautiful red, green, yellow, and purple hip for about a month!

        • 5live5

          if you drink a FEW, even if it doesn’t cure it, at least you don’t care as much! Just joking!

  • JC

    Honey and vinegar use will stop heart burn and acid reflux. I Have had to take the purple pill since I started using 1teaspoon honey table spoon of Vinegar in a glass of water I mix warm . I do not take thing. When I started I drank this every night. now I will drank it just once in a while. I can verify that this works I do it my self

  • YourNameHere

    Wow, I thought Peggy Layton would write an article like this.

    But the writer forgot to add one important thing assuming it is genuine honey in the first place. Is make sure it is UNHEATED. And it says so on the label. If not contact the maker and find out.

    They can heat it to a certain level and still call it raw.