Tuesday, 28 October 2014

25 Best Health and Beauty Benefits of Honey

Bees provide us with honey which is used for various purposes besides being a natural edible ingredient. In old times honey was used to cure wounds whereas in modern times, it is used as antiseptic in formation of several products. Honey has been used since ancient times for a variety of health purposes, including healing, beauty, skin care and nutrition. Many types of honey are available on the market, but not all have the same healthy attributes. It has been an all-time favorite of nutritionists, dietitians as well as naturopaths. Honey is a rich source of natural sugars like fructose and glucose along with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Including honey in your daily diet is one of the simplest yet most powerful ways to prevent various diseases. This natural, delicious golden liquid is a great alternative to white sugar. Honey is like a blessing to us as it has several uses.

25 Best Health and Beauty Benefits of Honey

1 . Antiseptic and Anti-bacterial Qualities

The antiseptic and anti-bacterial qualities of honey keep the scalp clean. It also prevents fungal infection or psoriasis on the scalp. This further reduces the risk of developing dandruff and itchy scalp.

2 . Diabetic Ulcers Healing

Diabetic ulcers are nowadays most common problems. There are many medications but some people cannot consume antibiotics. Honey comes in handy for these people as it helps in healing these ulcers.

3 . Controls Diabetes

Honey is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. It is a great source of natural sugars like glucose, fructose and minerals along with essential vitamins and minerals like copper, iodine and zinc in small quantities. Honey gives you an energy boost and it’s a much healthier option than refined sugar or sweeteners. It is considered a safe alternative to white sugar for diabetics as long as their blood sugar is closely monitored and they eat it in moderation. Since the level/type of diabetes varies from one person to another, it is advisable to seek your doctor’s advice prior to consumption of honey to safely use it as an alternative.

4 . Superfood

Manuka honey contains an alphabet of vitamins and minerals, much more than any other types of honey. Who doesn't love a bit of honey? It’s definitely not going to be difficult to incorporate this immune-boosting food into our meals.

5 .  Honey Face Firming Mask Recipe

This honey beauty recipe will naturally firm and tone your face, leaving your skin feeling smooth and clean while minimizing pores and helping erase the signs of aging thanks to honey's natural antioxidants (the darker the honey, the more antioxidants it has!). Whisk an egg white with a spoonful of organic honey and gently rub onto your face. Leave this firming face mask on for at least 10 minutes, then gently rinse off with warm water.

6 . Honey Bath

Once you start dealing with dry winter skin, turn to honey to soothe. “As the seasons change, your skin can go into overdrive trying to rebalance itself to the conditions. Warm baths with soothing ingredients can keep your skin in check,” affirms Wallace. “Add two cups of honey to a running bath to create body-smoothing bliss. Soak for 15 minutes and then add a cup of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for your final 15 minutes to help rid your body of dead skin cells without irritation.”

7 . Hair Removal

Many skincare brands are looking back to ancient times and formulating honey-based at-home wax kits. But you can put on your own chemist gloves by mixing honey and lemon juice into a sugaring wax that's safe to use on your face, legs and bikini line.

8 .  Promotes Weight Loss

Including honey in your diet aids in weight loss. Drinking warm water with lemon and honey on an empty stomach everyday is the prime component of all weight loss and detox programs. It is an excellent way to cleanse liver, remove toxins and flush out fat from the body. For optimal benefits, you can replace your refined sugar and artificial sweeteners with honey. However, please remember that it should be used sparingly as one tablespoon of honey contains approx. 63 calories. Here is a link to know more on tips & tricks to weight loss.

9 . Keeps Your Skin Hydrated

For a brighter, more radiant complexion go for a more natural skincare solution and give Manuka honey a shot. Loaded with antioxidants, this mono-flower honey not only offers protection against free radical damage, but it also helps keep skin hydrated and soft too. It even helps to even out the appearance of scars!

10 . Honey Hair Shine Booster

Honey can help make your hair healthy and boost your hair's shine by infusing it with moisturizer. Mix a spoonful of honey with a quart of warm water and rinse through your hair after shampooing. Leave on for an hour for deep conditioning, then rinse gently. Every other week, also include a rinse of organic apple cider vinegar for extra shine

11 . Balances Your PH

If you’re suffering from an out-of-whack pH balance it’s time to sort out your dermis and get your skin looking fresh again. The natural pH balance of Manuka promotes healing and banishes bacteria - the perfect recipe for a balanced pH.

“Elethea has chosen Manuka honey as a key ingredient in our Revitalising High Protection Fluid SPF30 for not only its high antibacterial capability, but also its naturally occurring acids which help to dislodge dead skin cells, and its ability to balance the pH level of the skin surface that is vitally important to skin health.”

12 . Honey Exfoliator

You can exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a gentle scrub made with two parts honey and one part Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. “Baking soda offers light exfoliation while the honey soothes and smooths the skin,” explains Wallace. “Don't be shy about using this recipe from head to toe your arms, legs and feet will also benefit from this simple yet effective concoction.”

13 .  Scars Removal

Waiting for a scar to fade can be pretty nerve-wracking. Speed up the process by smoothing raw honey on the area before bed and covering with a bandage. In the morning, remove the cover-up and cleanse the skin.

14 . Boosts Immune System

Honey has great antibacterial and antioxidant properties which give your immune system a boost. It helps in keeping away several ailments such as flu, common cold, etc.

To improve your immune system, add 1-2 tablespoons of honey to warm water and take it daily on an empty stomach. For an extra boost, add fresh lemon juice and a dash of cinnamon.

15 . Can Soothe Dry Eyes

Honey and eyes don't sound like they'd be the best of friends, but hear us out on this one. Manuka honey can be used in eye drop solutions to relieve and soothe dry eyes - because of its ability to draw water from surrounding cells through osmosis this is a super effective treatment and can even be made at home. ​Add a teaspoon of Manuka to warm water and mix. Use it as a dropper for the next few days until the infection clears. Even better, you can use the same solution to treat ear infections too. ​A cure has never sounded so easy!

16 . Smooth Honey Skin Lotion

This skin lotion uses honey's natural humectant properties to moisturize and hydrate your skin, leaving you feeling smooth and soft. Just stir a spoonful of honey with a teaspoon of organic olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice (lemon juice is a natural skin brightener to help fade signs of aging). Spread on after a bath or whenever your skin needs a little pampering. Rinse off with a warm washcloth after 20 minutes.

17 . Facial Scrub

Do you have sensitive skin? Instead of using a harsh, store-bought scrub, try whipping up a face mask with honey, brown sugar, olive oil and lemon juice. It's less abrasive, yet still sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a smoother and more vibrant complexion.

18 . Honey Cleanser

Though it's not meant for removing delicate eye makeup, honey still makes a good cleanser. “It is amazing at dissolving other makeup, especially when mixed with your favorite natural plant oil and spices,” Wallace tells us. She suggests creating a mixture of honey and oil (try coconut oil or jojoba oil) to form a balmy texture that is slippery enough to slide across your face. “Add in a dash of cinnamon, turmeric or nutmeg for an aromatic treat. Massage the concoction over your face, loosening up heavy makeup and moisturizing your skin at the same time.”

19 . Beautiful Skin

Honey can do wonders for your skin. That’s the reason why you will find it in many skin-care products today. Honey acts as a great anti-aging agent and moisturizer. It is rich in natural antioxidants that have anti-microbial properties. They help protect your skin from harmful UV rays and facilitate the skin’s ability to rejuvenate. Honey also has the ability to absorb and retain moisture and this helps in keeping the skin well hydrated, fresh and supple. It is known that ancient women used honey and milk to keep the skin youthful, radiant and smooth.

20 . Cleansing Honey Facial Scrub

This honey face scrub recipe is perfect when you want to moisturize your face, smooth away blemishes and exfoliate your skin gently and naturally. Stir a couple pinches of ground nuts into a spoonful of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice. The ground nuts act as a natural exfoliation agent; the lemon juice naturally brightens away blemishes and promotes faster skin growth through its natural acids; and the honey leaves your face smooth, toned and moisturized.

21 . Pimples and Acne

Honey's anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties draw out impurities from the skin, thus targeting breakouts, reducing redness and calming inflammation.

22 . Cures Cough And Sore Throat

Honey is an effective cough suppressant and soothes sore throat. Adding it to tea or warm lemon water can sincerely relieve cough and throat infection. Honey is also good for children who suffer from night-time cough and upper respiratory tract infections. They should be given two teaspoons of honey before they go to bed.

23 . Honey Mask

Wallace tells us that one of the easiest things you can do with raw honey is layer it on as a mask. “Raw honey can help unclog pores while simultaneously delivering moisture to parched skin,” she says.

Apply a thin layer of raw honey to slightly damp skin using a circular motion. Leave the honey for at least 30 minutes and then gently rinse it off with warm water. “You'll find that it easily washes away, leaving you with soft, radiant skin.”

24 . Chapped lips

Much like the homemade facial scrub above, you can use the same remedy (minus the lemon juice) for dry, chapped lips. Your matte lipstick would thank you if it could.

25 . Source of Anti-oxidants

Honey is a great source of anti-oxidant which plays an immensely important role in protecting the skin from harsh ultra violet rays. Over exposure to sun rays can damage the skin, cause premature aging and can even cause skin cancer.

Thus consumption of honey can protect the skin internally from these free radicals that cause skin damage.