Friday, March 23, 2012

How To Use: Honey

Mmmmmm! Honey! Who doesn't like honey, right?

It's a yummy treat, but honey is so much more than that!

Natural sweetener: Great in tea and to replace refined white sugar while baking. Honey is definitely sweeter than honey, though, so be careful! You don't need to use as much. A few tips are to lower your oven temperature to prevent browning, reduce liquids in the recipe a little, and to oil your cup or spoon slightly before measuring so that the honey doesn't stick!

Honey should not be given to children under the age of 1, although I have heard some say that it should be 2 and under.

Great for burns! I've used this before on minor burns. It helps take the sting out. Honey contains minerals, vitamins, and enzymes which makes it great for topical use! It's incredibly effective in helping heal wounds due to it's antibacterial properties.

Helps with allergies. It is crucial that you use honey that is raw and local. Little bits of pollen from your area are transported back to the hive where the honey is made and by taking 1 teaspoon of honey per day you are able to build up an immunity to the allergies. We use this remedy a lot in our home and have seen fabulous results!

Cough, Cough. And sore throats, too! There are a lot of ways to take the honey, especially for coughs- you can mix it with apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, garlic, you name it! Or you can take it plain. When my children complain of a sore throat they immediately ask for the honey. Swallowing it slowly helps coat the throat and relieve the pain. Honey has antimicrobial properties which results with certain infection causing bacteria being killed.

Strengthens immunity. Iron. Calcium. Zinc. Vitamins B1, B6, and C. Just to name a few minerals and vitamins.

Helps with acne. Apply honey to blemish with the end of a q-tip.

Honey kills germs and is effective against germs that cause pneumonia. It's high in protein, vitamins, and trace minerals. It contains natural antibiotic properties, anti-microbial agents, and an anti-fungicide.

These are just a few uses of honey! It's like the most amazing food! It gets even better though when you start combining honey with other items, like cinnamon, horse radish, or apple cider vinegar. The uses for honey are endless and it's a must have! I keep raw local honey on hand at all times- and I use it for food and medicine!

It's always best to use raw, local honey and not the cute little store bought bear! You retain all the benefits that way!

What's your favorite use for honey?

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Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

That's pretty much the only "sweetener" that I use. I buy raw, local, unheated honey from a company called Virgin CAlifornia. They are sold in my local Whole Foods store. They also have a booth at the local farmer's market here in town, too. It's really great stuff :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Michelle said...

It kills off gastroenteritis (or what is mistakenly called the "stomach flu")

The Humbled Homemaker said...

I love using honey to bake!Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday....hope to see you back next week! :)


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