Honey is one of the oldest products known to man. From ancient times, it has been used to sweeten, heal, flavor, and calm what we in the modern world would boast as a Super Food and loudly proclaim its virtues as if we had invented something so perfectly natural. Yet, it’s almost as old as time.
Here are some of the best uses of honey. We hope you give one or two of them a try. Let us know how it worked for you!
Here are Ten Tips For Using Honey At Home:
1. Hangover cure Honey contains a lot of fructose which helps to speed up the metabolism. Take a couple of teaspoons of honey on the morning after and get your hangover shifted that wee bit faster.
2. Chill Out While it can speed things up in moving a hangover, honey has incredible soothing qualities on the mind.
Sleep add a teaspoon of honey to chamomile tea at night to boost the herb’s sleep qualities.
Calm Add a teaspoon of honey to your porridge in the morning to boost the calming qualities of oats and help keep you calm while under pressure.
3. Zit Zapper Dab honey on pesky spots, and they will vanish fast due to its antimicrobial and healing properties.
4. Sore Throat Mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of a lemon and sip to soothe a sore throat. There is no need to add hot water and whisky; this does the job far better.
5. First Aid For minor scrapes and burns, smear on honey to protect, heal and soothe. It also makes scar tissue less noticeable.
6. Skin So Soft Rub into elbows, knees and heels and rest for 30 mins before washing off to soften the skin and get holiday toned skin.
7. Weight Loss Use instead of sugar as it speeds the metabolism and thus helps in the battle of the bulge.
8. Bath time Soften the water in your bath by adding a tablespoon of honey under the hot tap.
9. Energy Booster Forget those fizzy energy drinks; take a tablespoon of honey before working out to get the great benefits of glucose released into the brain and bloodstream without all the jazziness or chemicals of those modern drinks.
10. Face Facts Honey is the perfect moisture wash for your face. It heals irregularities and seals in the moisture to keep your skin plumped up and looking youthful.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FROM READERS:
An additional tip from Archie Willard from Twitter is that honey can also be substituted for equal amounts of sugar in baking.
Guadalupe Ramirez called me from Spicewood and gave the the following:
Honey Cough Syrup Recipe
This soothing cough syrup uses honey, herbs, and citrus to calm coughing and sore throat.
Author: Katie Wells
- 4 cups water
- ¼ cup ginger (fresh grated or dried)
- ¼ cup chamomile flowers
- ¼ cup marshmallow root
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 cup honey
- In a medium-size saucepan, combine the water and dried herbs.
- Bring it to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer.
- Simmer until the volume is reduced by about half (you will need 1 cup of liquid after herbs are strained off).
- Pour the herb-infused water through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove herbs.
- While the liquid is still warm, whisk in the lemon juice and honey.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.
I give one teaspoon to children and one tablespoon to adults as needed for symptoms.
Note: Anyone allergic to ragweed, marigolds, daisies, or chrysanthemums should avoid chamomile.