The word sure has pleasant associations, doesn’t it? It’s deliciously sweet, on its own or added to other foods or your favorite cup of hot tea. It’s a quaint term of endearment. And, aaaaahhhh… it smells like summer!
But throughout the history of the world, honey has also been lauded for its medicinal and beauty benefits. In pre-Ancient Egyptian times, honey was used topically to treat wounds, and the ancient Greeks believed that consuming honey could help you live longer. We use honey today for many of the same uses:
Honey soothes sore throats. Put down that over-the-counter cough syrup that’s loaded with chemicals and alcohol—it’s honey to the rescue! According to Mayo Clinic, adults and children 2 years and old can try 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime to help soothe the throat and suppress coughs. And it sure feels good on throat irritation! Honey can also be added to hot tea or warm lemon water for similar benefits.
Honey boosts energy levels. As a natural source of carbohydrates, honey contains a whopping 17g per tablespoon. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel, and honey helps maintain stored carbohydrates, which is why professional athletes often rely on honey for an energy boost during training.
Honey might help prevent GERD. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, it was reported that honey had a positive effect on GERD—gastroesophageal reflux, also known as acid reflux. (Check with your doctor, though.)
Honey helps your skin. Since honey is full of antioxidants, it’s often used in facial formulas to help slow down the effects of aging. It also moisturizes and soothes, and the enzymes in honey help clarify skin to keep pores clear. Try this easy, do-it-yourself pore cleanser at home: Stir one tablespoon raw honey into two tablespoons oil (preferable jojoba or coconut) until it takes on a spreadable consistency. Spread on clean, dry skin, avoiding eye area, and massage gently for two minutes in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water.
Honey makes hair shiny. The enzymes in honey also help dull hair glow again. Use the same honey-plus-oil recipe above; apply to the bottom two-thirds of damp hair, starting at the ends and working your way up. Sit back and relax for 20 minutes, then rinse well.
Honey is lip-smackin’ good! The folks at Savannah Bee Company already knew about the benefits of honey, so they made sure it is the star ingredient in the Tupelo Honey Beeswax & Proplis Lip Balm in your fall Yuzen box. All the very best ingredients, straight from the hive, help keep lips smooth, silky, and protected from environmental factors that can dry them out. Visit www.savannahbee.com for more “food for your skin,” like body butter, hand cream, and body wash. Savannah Bee also offers fresh artisanal honey in delicious flavors (try the Orange Blossom or Rosemary!) plus honeycomb, honey straws, beeswax candles, and much more.